Wise thinks City are sure to win title again
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.