Gary Neville has mocked Manchester United whereas suggesting that Chelsea nonetheless have some work to do to qualify for the Champions League subsequent season. Chelsea welcomed London rivals West Ham to Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon earlier than their unexpectedly rearranged journey to Old Trafford on Thursday night time (7.45pm).
Albeit to not the identical diploma as title contenders Manchester City and Liverpool, the Blues have cruised for big components of this marketing campaign with Arsenal, Tottenham, United and others left trailing behind. However, after two defeats in three video games, some instructed Thomas Tuchel’s group could miss out on the highest 4.
Analysing their Sunday afternoon showdown with the Hammers, pundit Neville made his prediction for the season run-in and, in doing so, couldn’t resist a dig at former membership United amid their ongoing struggles. United have been crushed 3-1 by Arsenal as Ralf Rangnick later admitted defeat of their pursuit for Champions League qualification.
Speaking on Sky Sports this afternoon, Neville mentioned: “They’ve lost their last two [two from three], there’s an element of they’ve got to stop the wheels coming off. You see where they are in the table and they seem comfortable, they go to Old Trafford on Thursday.
“That ought to be a straightforward one, but when they have been to lose at United on Thursday then they will be dragged proper into a giant drawback. They want to ensure they’re skilled.
On Chelsea’s confidence ranges, Neville added: “I can understand why it’s difficult for those players after going out of Europe with the performance they had, so I can see why they’re a little down. They’ve got a big FA Cup final coming up and they’ve got to secure third place – because there’s still a lot to do for them yet.”
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