What are Chelsea's title credentials? Owen Hagreaves and Joe Cole give their verdict
What are Chelsea's title credentials? Owen Hagreaves and Joe Cole give their verdict
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What are Chelsea's title credentials? Owen Hagreaves and Joe Cole give their verdict

Chelsea have the ability to challenge for the English Premier League title this season, according to Owen Hargreaves and Joe Cole. 

The Manchester United and Chelsea legends respectively watched Chelsea move to second in the league after their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, and they are convinced Lampard's side can battle with the big boys. 

The Blues have put a shaky start to the season behind them to pick their sixth successive win, which took them five points behind league leaders Liverpool, who host defending champions Manchester City on Sunday. 

"Frank [Lampard] is making all the right decisions," Hargreaves said on BT Sport.

"They’re second – that’s unbelievable. They’ve conceded as many goals as Newcastle. Offensively, they’re outrageously good. If they just tighten up that defensive part, they’ll be there in the title race," 

Cole, on his part backed them to continue developing even further and might be in there in May. 

"Therein and amongst it now," Cole said of Chelsea’s title chances.

"It’s an amazing performance. At half time we were a bit worried because Palace defended so well in the first half. But Chelsea stuck to their guns, moved Palace about and eventually the opening came," 

"Willian he stood up today, he’s been brilliant all season and has got the captain’s armband today. The youngsters were brilliant,"

"It’s exciting for Chelsea, onwards and upwards. Second in the table and who would have thought that at the start of the season. ‘Frank won’t thank us for it he’d like to be even more quiet about it,"

The League takes a break to pave way for international matches, the last break of the year. 

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