Former Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott believes that the club’s decisive moment in the title race could come as early as tomorrow and it’s an assessment Rio Ferdinand agrees with.
Victory for City in the early kick-off against Arsenal would put Pep Guardiola’s side 12-points clear of Liverpool and Chelsea, who face off on Sunday.
Plenty of eyes will be cast toward the game, which could leave one side remaining as City’s lone challengers for glory at the end of the campaign – but there’s only one side that Lescott believes can dethrone them.
Liverpool are his pick to be City’s closest competitors but if Chelsea win tomorrow, he believes the title race will be wrapped up already.
“I think it depends more on tomorrow’s results rather than today’s. For me, I think if Liverpool win, it’s still on but if Chelsea win I dont see them putting together 8, 9, 10 wins in a row,” he told BT Sport.
“It’s going to be close if they (Chelsea) beat City in a week, two weeks time but this moment in time, the standard City are playing at, Liverpool have shown in previous years, I don’t think any other teams are capable of putting 10 wins back-to-back.”
Those beliefs were backed by Ferdinand, who also named Liverpool as the only side who could halt City’s march to the title.
“I think Liverpool would be my tip to rival Man City but I know it can only be 2 games with Salah and Mane going to the AFCON, but if they don’t win those two games then I think City have won it.
“You see the stats, ten wins on the bounce 30+ goals, 6 conceded that form is something I don’t think anybody else is capable of achieving.
“I tipped Chelsea at the start of the season but if you look at the results and performances in recent weeks and form and momentum, City are alone.”
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