Wise thinks City are sure to win ti­tle again

Sunderland Echo - - Sport -

For­mer Chelsea cap­tain Den­nis Wise be­lieves Manch­ester City will not be beaten to the Premier League ti­tle.

Pep Guardi­ola’s side are two points clear of Liver­pool at the top of the ta­ble, and now 10 ahead of Chelsea fol­low­ing the Blues’ sur­prise de­feat at Wolves.

Chelsea en­joyed a strong start to the sea­son un­der their new man­ager Maurizio Sarri, but host the cham­pi­ons at Stam­ford Bridge to­day (5.30pm) af­ter suf­fer­ing two de­feats in their last three matches.

In con­trast, City, un­beaten so far in their cham­pi­onship de­fence, are bid­ding for an eighth vic­tory on the bounce.

“I don’t think City can be stopped, and they will win the Premier League this sea­son,” Wise said.

“They are the beste­quipped team in the league, and the side that ev­ery­one is try­ing to com­pete with.

“They have got qual­ity all over the place, and they can change their per­son­nel with ease. Look at Kevin De Bruyne. He has been out with an in­jury, but he hasn’t been missed with the way City have per­formed.

“So, they are the ones to chase, and the team that will get close to them is prob­a­bly go­ing to be Liver­pool.

“Can Chelsea beat them on Satur­day? Of course, but it will be a big, big test.”

Chelsea boss Sarri is hope­ful mid­fielder Cesc Fabre­gas will ex­tend his stay with the club, but it is un­der­stood the Spa­niard is af­ter a long-term deal.

It has been Chelsea’s pol­icy in re­cent times, how­ever, to of­fer any player over 30 only a one-year con­tract ex­ten­sion.

Fabre­gas, 31, started for the Blues against Wolves on Wed­nes­day, but he has largely been a bit-part player un­der Sarri, and Wise, who played 445 times for Chelsea, does not feel the club should adapt their con­tract strat­egy for the Spa­niard.

“The club will do what­ever suits them fi­nan­cially,” he added.

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