Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has backed his former side to pip Manchester City and Liverpool to the Premier League title this season.

The Blues, who finished fifth last season, are currently joint top with City and the Reds, all on 20 points. The club look look revitalised under new boss Maurizio Sarri, and are currently unbeaten in the league.

However, despite the positive start to the season, Sarri believes City and Liverpool remain a step ahead of his squad – something Essien is happy to contest.

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The former Ghana international has been impressed by the club’s start to the season, and insists that they are more than capable of bringing the league title back to Stamford Bridge.

As reported by Joy Online, Essien had this to say on Chelsea’s chances:

It’s been good. They have had a very good start.

They are playing very good football at the moment and winning games.

Fingers crossed they can continue this until the end. They can win it [the title].

The Premier League is there to be won so fingers crossed.