Paul Scholes says Chelsea are not a great team

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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes the current Chelsea team are nowhere near greatness, insisting they have to win some major silverware first.

Jose Mourinho labelled his side as 'great' after their resilient 1-1 draw against Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League second round tie. The result makes them favourites to advance into the quarter-finals.

However, Scholes did not agree with the Chelsea boss' suggestion and thinks they could still be made to pay for failing to create more chances in the return leg at Stamford Bridge.

"Chelsea have had a great team when they won back-to-back league titles but they are still a long way off it now"

Good, not great

Writing in The Independent, Scholes said: "Great teams have to win trophies first, which means that Chelsea have had a great team when they won back-to-back league titles but they are still a long way off it now."

"I recognise that Paris Saint-Germain have an excellent home record in Europe.

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Hanging in the balance

"Even so, I expected Chelsea to create more chances against them this week. They had one attempt on goal, Branislav Ivanovic's header that went in.

"Barcelona or Real Madrid might not have beaten PSG but they would have had more than one shot on goal.

"I wouldn't rule PSG out for the second leg, especially if Zlatan Ibrahimovic decides he fancies it. I think they will score at least one at Stamford Bridge."

Are they a great team?

Suggestions that this Chelsea team has reached greatness is certainly premature, especially when they have failed to win a major trophy since since their Europa League triumph in 2013.

They are seven points clear at the top of the Premier League are odds-on favourites to win it. However, as Manchester City have discovered twice, retaining the trophy is what separates a good side from a great one.

With Barcelona and Real Madrid looking formidably strong, a second Champions League triumph in the space of three years, coupled with a Premier League title would certainly elevate them to legendary status. However, should they win just the Premier League – a League Cup triumph doesn't count, I'm afraid – they will need to prove their worth next year by retaining it.

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