William Gallas believes Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel have “no excuses” not to win the Premier League title this season.
The Blues are unbeaten in their opening fives games of the campaign – winning four and drawing one – but face some serious competition from the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City, who all look strong.
Many thought Tuchel just needed to add a world-class striker to his squad in the summer in order to mount a proper title challenge, and that they did, with Romelu Lukaku arriving for nearly £100million last month.
Chelsea face potential title rivals Man City on Saturday afternoon in perhaps the biggest game of the season so far.
“If they don’t win the Premier League then they’ve failed. No excuses,” the former Chelsea defender said to GentingBet.
“There is more pressure on the club’s shoulders, but they brought good players and the manager has settled very well. They don’t have any excuses now.”
Speaking after the first game of the season, where Chelsea cruised to a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace, Tuchel played down his side’s title chances and said they were fourth favourites to lift the trophy at the end of the campaign.
He told Sky Sports: “To be totally honest, I see us as the number four, that cannot be the favourite in the next year.
“They have to close the gap to three, two and one. We said during the campaign in the last half-year we set the bar high and look to close gaps during 90 minutes, and that’s what we’ll try to continue.
“This is the Premier League, a tough competition. It’s on us, we are in this role and in the role of the hunters, we have to close the gap to Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.
“We have to do that week in, week out, so this was a very good first step, but that’s the reality and we are not shy to say this out loud that we try to be the best in any competition we play, but the reality is we come from fourth place and have three teams to close the gap to.
“We played in the Champions League and won it, but we played that as underdogs, it’s a different competition, it’s a tournament, we played it at a super-high level and reached constantly the highest level when necessary so had a feeling we deserved to win.
“But this is one competition, and the reality is we were fourth last season and needed help from Tottenham on the last game to get that.
“It doesn’t help if we translate the win of the Champions League into the status of becoming favourite in the Premier League.
“This is the toughest league in the world to win, and now it’s on us to keep calm and work hard to reach the highest level on a permanent basis.”