Former Manchester City midfielder Owen Hargreaves insists Chelsea should not be considered title contenders.
Chelsea have started the season strongly and find themselves third in the table ahead of their clash with Leeds on Saturday night.
But quizzed on whether Chelsea are legitimate title contenders, Hargreaves told Premier League Productions: “I don’t think so.
“I like Chelsea and I like what Frank Lampard is building, but I just think Liverpool and Manchester City are above them.
“I don’t think it will even be close. I think it will be those two first and second and a bunch of other teams after that.
“Frank has finally settled on this team but those teams [Liverpool and Man City] have been doing it for years and they both know their best teams.
“Chelsea are probably the third-best team in England but I don’t think they’re good enough or consistent enough to compete with the two teams who have been doing it for far longer and have better players.”