Benitez predicts clubs that will challenge for EPL title
Newcastle coach Rafael Benítez has described Chelsea as one of the most challenging teams for the Premier League title at the end of the season.
The Spanish team hosts the Blues at St James’ Park on Sunday and distrusts the quality they possess.
In fact, Benítez, who won the Europa League as Chelsea boss in 2013, sees Maurizio Sarri’s men as one of the three favorites for the crown.
Maybe at the moment, there are three teams that I could say they are a bit ahead of the others. For me, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, for their quality, last year’s performances and the money they spent, he said.
Then Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal, they have to go back to the things they were doing well, they have quality in the squad and they can compete, for sure.
But if you have to choose three, I’ll choose these, they have enough quality to do it right.
Benitez and Sarri have history, with Sarri replacing the now Newcastle boss in 2015.
It was under the Italian that the Naples team was re-established as one of the top three forces in Serie A, and the Newcastle boss praised has praised Sarri’s achievements as a coach.