Frank Lampard exclusive: Only Man United and Chelsea have the consistency to challenge Man City for the title
There are only two teams who can challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title this season, according to Frank Lampard.
The Chelsea legend believes his former side, as well as Manchester United, possess the consistency to fight at the top of the table for the entire campaign, whereas other current challengers – such as Liverpool and Arsenal – lack this attribute.
Pep Guardiola’s City are eight points clear at the top of the table at this stage of the season, having won 14 and drawn the other of their 15 matches so far.
Local rivals Man United are their closest challengers, on 35 points to City’s 43, while Chelsea sit a further three points back in third.
Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs make up the rest of the top six, though none of that trio have, as of yet, passed the 30-point mark.
Only the second and third-placed clubs are in the position to still challenge City, as Lampard told talkSPORT.
Speaking at the BT Sport Action Woman Awards, Lampard said: “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.
“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 was complimentary of league leaders City, saying they are starting to show grit against tough opponents – the grit that is often associated with champions.
He added: “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.
“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.”