Tim Sherwood thinks Chelsea have a good chance of finishing in the top four this season – after failing to decide between Manchester United and Arsenal over which side is better placed to qualify for next term’s Champions League.
United and Arsenal played out a 1-1 draw on Monday night, which caused some pundits to blast the contrast of quality between the current sides and the ones that often went toe-to-toe for the title in years gone by.
Sherwood seemed to agree with those remarks when neglecting to opt for either side when asked which club could qualify for the Champions League on TalkSPORT by former Gunner Ray Parlour.
He said: “Well out of those two I’d say Chelsea!
“Frank [Lampard] is rebuilding as well. It’s a real shame but it’s a transition period for all three clubs. I would say, Tottenham included, come out from Manchester City and Liverpool and they’ve all gone the wrong way.
“To answer your question, I would probably say, at the death, Manchester United when they get some bodies fit.”
While Sherwood leaned towards Manchester United when pushed, his instinct suggests he holds little hope for United and Arsenal in the race for Champions League football, despite the Gunners moving into the top four after their draw at Old Trafford.
However, to select Chelsea, who only secured their first home win in the league at the weekend, was perhaps more of a surprise.
It may still be early days in the Premier League, but the race looks wide open at the moment, with the Blues still outside of the top six as Leicester City and West Ham United occupy European places.
However, the fact that Sherwood calls on United’s players to regain fitness, despite only Eric Bailly and Phil Jones among senior long-term absentees, perhaps demonstrates his lack of conviction towards United as he backs Frank Lampard’s side to make the grade come May.
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