Jamie Carragher reveals why Chelsea have the edge in Premier League title race

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur may currently be sitting at the top of the table but it is Chelsea who have the edge in the title race due to the strength in depth they have in their squad, according to former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.

Chelsea temporarily moved in front of Spurs in the table following their win against Leeds United on Saturday but Jose Mourinho’s side reclaimed top spot with another accomplished performance against Arsenal on Sunday as they emerged 2-0 winners.

Spurs currently sit level on points with second-placed Liverpool and two points ahead of Frank Lampard’s side in third.

Having not conceded a single goal against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal over the last three weeks, Tottenham have proved that they are to be taken seriously in the title conversation.

However, Carragher remarked that the Blues’ second eleven is stronger than any of the other sides in the Premier League and insisted that it gives Chelsea the edge as they are least likely to be impacted by injuries.

Carragher said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football (as relayed by Football.London): “In these early stages of the season, it looks like they [Chelsea] have recruited really well.

“I actually look at that back-up [team] there for Chelsea and the only player, if he went into the Chelsea team, say, young Billy Gilmour, as he is still classed as a young player… if any one of those players played for Chelsea [regularly], you wouldn’t think they were a reserve or made the team weaker, really.

“So, yes, I think we can make the argument now that it is maybe the strongest squad in the Premier League.

“I think it is a fact that maybe City and Liverpool maybe have a stronger XI, but in terms of back-up players right now and other teams getting injuries, certainly Liverpool, that strength of the squad is absolutely fantastic, and it doesn’t feel like the team would be weakened too much no matter who was playing.”

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