Despite a slow start to the season which saw Chelsea record indifferent results, the Blues have picked up and now look like one the Premier League’s title contenders.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard brought in six new first-team players this summer, but with injuries and lack of proper preseason time major stumbling blocks, Chelsea were always going to have a difficult start.

  • The Stamford Bridge outfit have now recovered well and can boost of five consecutive clean sheets in all competitions.

The massive improvement Frank Lampard’s men have made has not gone unnoticed, with TalkSport pundit Adrain Durham tipping the Blues to challenge Liverpool and Manchester City for the title, and compared Chelsea’s Thiago Silva to Liverpool’s Van Dijk.

“Thiago Silva, in a very different way, is Chelsea’s Van Dijk,” he said on TalkSport, as quoted by Caughtoffside.

“But it is because of the leadership skills, they look up to him, don’t they? In terms of winning the title; I got back to that weekend when Chelsea were 3-0 down at West Brom and drew 3-3 and everybody was erupting.

“Soon as the final whistle went, ‘Oh Chelsea are no good, he can’t get his team right, he’s no good.’”

“Then Man City lose 5-2 at home to Leicester, Aston Villa beat Liverpool 7-2 and all of a sudden, we are realising it is just a bit of a crazy season. That West Brom result, for Chelsea, wasn’t actually that bad! It showed they’ve got a bit of character.

“It also showed they’ve got goals in them, it also shows they still needed his goalkeeper and centre-half situation sorted out. That happened; Thiago Silva has now settled in, if he stays fit and Mendy stays fit, I think they’ve got a very, very good chance of winning the title.”