Despite Chelsea being the last English team to win the Champions League and also the defending Premier League champions, former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore believes Chelsea do not have enough star names to go far in the Champions League compared to Manchester United and Liverpool.
Collymore revealed Liverpool players Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Chelsea reject Mohamed Salah are bigger stars than the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian, Pedro, Kante, and Alvaro Morata.
“Eden Hazard says his Chelsea have the squad and the manager to win the Champions League— but I disagree,” Collymore wrote in the Mirror.
“I don’t even think they’ll go as far as Manchester United or, by a fag paper, Liverpool in this season’s competition.
“That might sound a bit barmy, given the fact Liverpool have dipped in and out of the top four in recent years and haven’t had too much Champions League action of late.
“But, having played for them in Europe, I know how they approach these matches and how their pedigree on the continent means they can relax into the competition.
“There’s an expectation, but it’s kind of a nice expectation because it’s seen as your tournament.
“Chelsea fans will say, ‘Well, we’ve won the Champions League and the Europa League in recent seasons’.
“But I just don’t see that little bit of stardust in their squad that I see in United’s and Liverpool’s.”
Collymore added: “Whereas United have unknown quantities such as Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, have Paul Pogba, who will really take to the Champions League stage, and even Zlatan Ibrahimovic to come back.
“Then I look at Liverpool, and I see Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho when his head is back on straight and even Mo Salah.”
Collymore’s knowledge of football certainly can’t be trusted. Claiming Liverpool have bigger stars than Chelsea would shock a little baby.
Claiming Manchester United and Liverpool would do better than Chelsea in the Champions League is also a terrible statement to make. Liverpool finished 17 points behind Chelsea last season while Manchester United finished 24 points behind Chelsea.
My grandmother definitely has a better knowledge of football than Collymore.