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The one thing Chelsea’s Antonio Conte lacks compared to City and United

Squad issues

Paul Elliot has claimed Chelsea may well struggle to retain the title, because their squad depth is not as deep as the likes of Manchester United or City.

It’s something Antonio Conte has spoken about for some time now, and it seems that the Blues boss is looking right – and the board could well end up costing him his job, or at the very least the Blues the title.

“It is very interesting for Chelsea because they have a brilliant 13 or 14 but it’s about the strength in depth,” Elliot told Sky Sports.

“You look at Manchester United, you look at Manchester City and what is the common characteristic? 

“They have got the strength in depth. It’s the quality of their substitutes that dictates a lot.

“Chelsea are going to be competing, they are going to be taking points off all of the teams around them, but I think ultimately the teams with the deepest squads – Man City and Man Utd will be very close [to winning the Premier League title].”

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Manchester City are the current favourites for the title and given how well they’ve played, it shouldn’t come as that much of a shock to anyone.

They are scoring for fun, and look far more solid at the back than last season as well, meaning the majority of people have their money on Pep’s men.

That being said Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United side shouldn’t be discounted, and Tottenham Hotspur only get stronger as the season goes on.

It could well be the case that Chelsea end up more worried about getting a top four spot than they do about winning the title, with the competition tougher than ever.