Former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville, has named Chelsea as the team that will be difficult to stop in the Premier League this season.

Neville was left very impressed following the Blues’ 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.

Thomas Tuchel only made one permanent signing this summer, bringing in Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan. Saul Niguez also arrived on loan from Atletico Madrid.

But, despite a slightly quieter summer than their rivals, Neville still feels Chelsea could be the team to beat this season.

He said on his Gary Neville Podcast: “It was interesting because I’d expect Manchester United to beat Newcastle the way in which they did – with or without Ronaldo.

“But then I went home from Salford to watch the Chelsea-Villa game and Villa played well, and Villa are a decent side, but Chelsea again, just like robotic, methodical.

“When they scored that first goal, Lukaku, I just thought, “Ooh, it’s ominous”. The striker scoring, guaranteed, the players in behind him, a good midfield. They’re going to be very difficult to stop.

“The talk will all be about Manchester – Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United – but Chelsea I think everyone knows they’re serious.”

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