Gary Neville insists Liverpool is not going to runaway with the Premier League title and ponders the potential for a Jose Mourinho vs Frank Lampard title race.
Spurs ended the weekend prime of the Premier League after a tactically astute 2-0 victory over Manchester Metropolis on Saturday. It’s the first time they’ve ended a day prime of the summit since August 2014.
It units up a mouthwatering conflict with Lampard’s Chelsea subsequent weekend, reside on Sky Sports activities, with the west Londoners additionally discovering a run of type that has catapulted them to inside two factors of Spurs. Chelsea’s fifth consecutive victory at Newcastle prolonged their unbeaten run in all competitions to 12 video games and had lifted them briefly to the summit till Tottenham leapfrogged them.
Talking earlier than Liverpool’s win over Leicester that took them stage on factors with Spurs, Neville stated on The Gary Neville Podcast: “I am excited for subsequent Sunday with Chelsea taking part in Tottenham.
“It is an fascinating season. We thought Chelsea could be fascinating at the beginning of the season as they’ve a younger, thrilling squad – it seems like Frank Lampard is beginning to get it proper. He was nonetheless trying to find his greatest workforce within the first few matches to try to match everybody in. There have been sure gamers that weren’t match however now they’re and he is beginning to work it out. They appear fairly sturdy.
“Is it a season the place Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard being up in opposition to one another in a title race? I assumed Liverpool would run away with it, however not now, not the with Virgil van Dijk damage. That is the one that’s the gamechanger and exposes them much more.”
What has occurred to Man Metropolis?
In the meantime, Pep Guardiola might have signed a brand new contract however there are issues to unravel in assault and defence at Manchester Metropolis, as proven by the workforce’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham.
It could be November however the backside half of the Premier League desk nonetheless comprises Metropolis, who’ve scored simply 10 targets in eight Premier League video games this season – on the identical stage of final time period, that they had scored 27.
So, what goes fallacious?
“The largest factor for me is in transition,” Neville stated.
“They don’t seem to be as fast at getting the ball again. Groups are extra snug taking part in a cross by way of them and taking a danger. Metropolis was throughout you want a rash when dropping the ball or would simply maintain assaults – but it surely’s lower than it was earlier than.
“Ederson does not look as snug in purpose, he is making errors he would not have made a few seasons in the past. There appears an excessive amount of reliance on Kevin De Bruyne. One thing shouldn’t be fairly proper.
“Pep appears to be trying to find the suitable mixtures. A few seasons in the past you possibly can reel off the workforce: Sane, Sterling, Aguero, De Bruyne, Silva, Fernandinho, Kompany – you possibly can inform what was going to occur every recreation.
“I do not get that feeling anymore that the fluidity and continuity is sort of there.”