Merson: Here is why Chelsea will miss out on top four

Merson: Here is why Chelsea will miss out on top four

Arsenal legend Paul Merson thinks Chelsea will miss out on the top four because of their attacking limitations. 

Chelsea have rediscovered form under new boss Thomas Tuchel and are yet to suffer any loss in eight matches in all competitions. The Blues will be up against second-placed Manchester United this Sunday at Stamford Bridge. 

"Thomas Tuchel needs to get Mason Mount and Timo Werner playing closer together for Chelsea," Merson wrote in his Daily Star column. 

"There is too much going on out wide with overlaps and crosses to no-one in the box at the moment, and nothing coming through the middle. They have a lot of the ball but the opposition keeper doesn’t have to be a man of the match to stop them scoring bundles."

"I still think Liverpool will finish in the top four ahead of them because I can’t see Chelsea blowing anybody away playing like this. How many times does Mount pass to Werner or vice versa? It’s minimal. They should be more connected with one another."

"It looks nice, but it’s a bit negative. I personally think Tuchel will get it right. He’s just going to need time. I’ve said all along that Chelsea are set up for three at the back. But it’s going to take a bit of time to get it right. And they are not going to win the league with Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham as their two centre forwards."