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Robertson: Title race not just between Liverpool and City

09 October, 2018, 03:15 | Author: Candice Daniels
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Klopp was speaking after their 0-0 draw with Manchester City.

'(Chelsea) have started the season well.

Reflecting on the stalemate, Robertson added: "We started well". Watching them is really good.

Liverpool had won their last three meetings with City prior to Sunday and it took until the 62nd minute for either team to register a single shot on target at Anfield as both teams cancelled each other out. I like their football but I've got a slight doubt about them'.

"Well let's get to the crux of the matter, can Chelsea really push the two teams that everybody's talking about for the Premier League title - Liverpool and Manchester City?", he said on ESPN FC.

The Manchester United legend favours a Premier League rivals over his former club as only possible title contenders and competition for the defending champions Manchester City.

It could've been a goal and the game could've been over. "Those things happen, I'm sure he'll score another".

Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has talked about there being a gap between his team and City and Liverpool, but they can close it if they can keep Hazard fit and in the kind of form he is in at the moment. The Reds looked a little jaded midweek in the Champions League encounter away to Napoli, a game which they eventually lost 1-0 after a stoppage-time strike from Lorenzo Insigne.

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It depends on your point of view, but the reality is that this was simply a day when the defenders turned up and did what they are paid to do.

I then watched the game last Saturday against Liverpool where I thought they were at full pelt to stay in that game. Not struggling in the sense of playing badly but I felt as though Liverpool just had the edge on them when I was watching.

"It showed we are not just a team that wants to play and leaves big spaces, but we are a team who want to be strong defensively".

City's xG total from their opening eight matches this season is 21.5 - a rise on the figure of 17.5 in the corresponding fixtures last season.

Mourinho has been roundly criticised in the past two seasons after his United team emerged from Anfield with successive 0-0 draws.

City were also a lot more pragmatic than usual and did not commit as many men forward as normal - for example their full-backs Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker, who were both aware of the threat Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah posed on the counter.

Despite being gifted the opportunity to grab all three points at their title challenger's home ground, only for Riyad Mahrez to miss a late penalty, Pep Guardiola will undoubtedly be the happier of the two managers after claiming a point.

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