Gus Poyet Exclusive: ‘Perfect’ Chelsea To Win The Premier League

Former Chelsea midfielder Gus Poyet has tipped his old club to win the Premier League this season. The West Londoners currently top the pile going into this weekend’s round of fixtures and have looked a force ever since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard in January. Poyet, who made 143 appearances for the Stamford Bridge outfit, expects his former side to be in title contention.



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Perfect Chelsea

Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “From the moment that they won the Champions League, in the summer I was always saying that they needed to win the Premier League. 

“I think we got used to Liverpool-Man City, Man City-Liverpool, and it was like the rest, they were away from it. I expected Chelsea to challenge and I expected Manchester United to challenge. 

“The system Chelsea play and the way they understand how to play is perfect to win the Premier League.

“Solid, compact, very difficult to play against and everybody knows their role. 

“When Chelsea played Manchester City they were beaten by an outstanding City performance but, at the end of the day, it’s about 38 games, not only one.  

“So they are definitely candidates. Between the three of Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea, one is going to be the champion and like we (professionals) always say, when you get to the last three months, depending on how much you are involved in international games and the injuries, and, with a little bit of luck, you can be the next champion. 

“But Chelsea, without any doubt, are going to be there or thereabouts.”

Goals From Defence And Offence

The Uruguayan midfielder donned a Chelsea shirt in the seasons just before Roman Abramovic’s involvement. But that didn’t stop him from winning silverware, picking up FA Cup, UEFA Cup Winners Cup and UEFA Super Cup medals.

He featured in a team spearheaded by Gianfranco Zola, but this season the goals are being shared around, making Chelsea one of the country’s toughest sides.

“I think most of the teams in England will struggle against Chelsea, they will find it very difficult because Chelsea always has an answer,” Poyet explained.

“At the moment, our defenders are scoring more than the attacking players, whereas most teams rely on offensive players making the difference, Chelsea has goals from everywhere. 

“In Chelsea’s last few games without Lukaku and Werner, it is the defenders or full-backs who have chipped in, every single player is doing something for the team. 

“This Chelsea team, with respect, is capable of beating 14 teams, week in, week out, all the time because they find a way. 

“And then titles are decided against the bigger clubs.”

United A Test

The Blues welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge this weekend, whose players will be looking to prove a point under caretaker boss, Michael Carrick.

It’s this recent change in leadership that Poyet believes will make Sunday’s clash a difficult test for Chelsea.  

He said: “I would like to think that we’re going to see a reaction from Manchester United. 

“Without Ole there, there is nobody to take the blame, the most important thing for them is to get something going in terms of playing. 

“It’s been difficult for Manchester United to maintain consistency in matches, so anything could happen in one game. 

“They’ve got exceptional players and they can hurt you at any time and, in normal situations, Chelsea win this match. 

“But like I said, on the day, because Manchester United have so many good individual players – anything could happen.”


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