Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has said that Chelsea’s early-season form and consistency throughout the 2014-15 campaign should be admired, and criticised the quality of the Premier League.
Following Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with Arsenal last weekend, many Arsenal fans were seen chanting “Boring, boring boring Chelsea.”
But Blues boss Jose Mourinho had the last laugh, saying that what was more boring was not winning a Premier League title in 10 years – Arsenal last won the league in 2004.
“It’s absolute nonsense,” said Neville on Sky Sports. “I mean people called the Newcastle team of 1996 with Kevin Keegan exciting but they were exciting losers, nobody remembers them now. Only the great teams will be remembered.”
Neville, who now works as a pundit following a hugely successful career with Manchester United, continued: “People remember winners. People will remember this Chelsea team. They were exciting earlier in the season, the style was good. To be honest, this is not the best period for Chelsea in terms of quality of play, but the finish line is so close to stop all the criticism.
“The rest of the league has been poor, Chelsea are 10 points in front, it doesn’t say a lot about the rest of the league that they’re going to get an easy ride at the end. It’s a poor reflection on the other teams that are chasing them or supposedly competing with them.”