Man City legend claims Chelsea have similar level of quality as Man City

Manchester City legend Joleon Lescott believes that Chelsea have a similar level of quality as Premier League champions Manchester City.

The Blues are 9th in the Premier League despite spending around £280m on new players at the beginning of the season.

Manchester City, meanwhile, are second in the league and have 11 more points than Chelsea.

Lescott has backed Manchester City to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night but believes there’s not a lot between the sides quality-wise.

Lescott told LiveScore: “It’s a tough game for Chelsea. I think this group of players they have and this manager will probably fare better against better teams in time.

“But I have to go for a City win – there’s not a lot between the sides quality-wise but confidence and understanding is much higher currently in the away camp.

“If the hosts are beaten easily, I think this will be the most pressure Graham Potter has ever been under in his managerial career. Pressure ramps up very quickly at the top level.”