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Steve McManaman: I would love to play in this Chelsea side

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Former Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman was left a little bit disappointed in the aftermath of Chelsea's goalless draw with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, claiming the soon-to-be-crowned Premier League champions should have "a bit more about them".

The 43-year-old admitted he would love to play in a team like the one Jose Mourinho currently has available to him at Stamford Bridge as it would guarantee trophies, but since retiring he now looks at the game from a fan's perspective and couldn't help think there was something missing from the Blues at the weekend.

Speaking on BT Sport's news and debate show, Football Tonight, McManaman said: "Bit of a turn off? Yes. Would I want to play in this side? Yes I would, I would love to play in this side, because it means you are winning the Barclays Premier League.

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"I admire Chelsea and I respect Chelsea, but I don’t like the way they play I must admit. I think recent games where they just got results, I think the champions of this country should have a little bit more about them."

McManaman never won the Premier League but did manage to secure two league titles and two Champions League wins during his time at Real Madrid.

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"When I look around Europe and see how other teams play their style of football. I think Real Madrid fans wouldn’t put up with that type of performance. I think Barcelona wouldn’t and I certainly think Bayern Munich wouldn’t.

"If you looked at Owen Hargreaves' wonderful documentary about Bayern Munich which he did recently. [Karl-Heinz] Rummenigge said when Bayern were pulverised by Barcelona 5-0 at the Nou Camp, he said that is how we should play football and he started to change it.

"And they do play football like that and I think the champions of this country should play football like that.”

The Blues are currently six points away from lifting the Premier League title and can move another step closer when they take on Leicester City at the King Power Stadium tomorrow night.

Mourinho's men will want to silence the boo-boys by seizing the chance to claim the domestic crown in front of their home crowd against Crystal Palace this coming Sunday.

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