Chelsea look as though they are ready to emulate the greatest team in the history of the Premier League and are hot favourites to storm to the title this season after their brushing aside of Arsenal, according to Jamie Redknapp.
The former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder used his column in the Daily Mail to compare Jose Mourinho's current team with the great 'Invincibles' of Arsene Wenger from the 2003/04 Premier League season.
Another poor defeat
Wenger took his current side to Stamford Bridge on Sunday and endured a miserable afternoon as two moments of quality saw Chelsea prevail 2-0. The Gunners had much of the ball in the match but could not penetrate a resolute Blues defence and were punished in the end.
Redknapp believes this mixture of quality and strength in the Premier League leaders is reminiscent of the terrific side that went an entire season unbeaten to claim Wenger's third league title during his 18 years in charge of the north London club.
"The best side I ever faced were Arsenal’s 'Invincibles'. They had quality all over the pitch, they were powerful and they hardly had any weaknesses. Now Chelsea are starting to look just as strong," he said.
"I don’t know if Jose Mourinho’s team can go unbeaten, but when you look through the squad they have so many options in every position.
"If you want a war with them, they are up for the fight. If they want to open up the game, they’ve got the pace and skill of Eden Hazard and his midfield mates.
"And if they want to sit and play on the counter, they’ve got the speed and power of Diego Costa."
More of the same for Gunners
It was Arsenal's first defeat of the season but that run has not been because they have been strong in the early stages so far. With just two wins and ten points from the first seven matches, this is the second worse start a Gunners team have made to a season under the Frenchman.
Recent seasons have shown that turning around poor league starts is not a problem for the Gunners and fans should not be too concerned, but the nature of the defeat was worrying.
Big players such as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil were unable to make any mark on the match in what was the 15th consecutive match against either Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City where they have failed to win.
Blues march on
As for Chelsea, their fans will be feeling pretty confident after what was an impeccably composed display. Good organisation, sting defending and supreme quality on the counter-attack made a defeat against one of their biggest opponents in the Premier League look easy.
However, it's a bit early make any predictions with regards to them emulating the 'Invincibles', though they have been very impressive up to now.
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