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Manchester United and Chelsea only sides who can catch Man City in title race, insists Frank Lampard

  • 11 day ago

CHELSEA legend Frank Lampard says the Premier League is now a three-horse race.

Manchester City sit top of the table, unbeaten after 15 matches, and eight points clear ahead of rivals Manchester United – ahead of the derby on Sunday.

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Lampard’s former club Chelsea are three points off United, but have a relatively forgiving December schedule and could be expected to make up some ground if Pep Guardiola’s team slip.

But Lampard, who scored a club record 211 goals for the Blues, believes the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs are already out of the title race.

He told talkSPORT: “Manchester United are still there, and I think Chelsea will be the other main challengers.

“I think the others will struggle for the consistency to close the gap on a team who are playing so well in Manchester City.

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“But we certainly can’t say it’s over at this stage, yet.

“What the other teams, other than City, need to do is try and stay in contention and hope for a blip with [sic] City.

“At the moment it’s not coming… but you have to stay in the game.”

Lampard, who had a season at Manchester City, added that Pep Guardiola’s team remain favourites – as they’ve added the kind of grit needed to win titles.

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“We’ve seen in the last two games City are not going to have it all their own way – they’re going to come up against difficult games,” added the 39-year-old

“They’ve shown grit – to be fair to them – this week to get two results, and Manchester United is a huge game for them as well.

“But for the neutral, obviously, we want to see it [the title race] stay alive, but for City they want to put one foot closer to being champions in December, which is an early call.”