Andy Gray: Man Utd, Chelsea still fall short of Man City class
Sharethematch.com ambassador Andy Gray was talking exclusively to tribalfootball.com
IT IS early days in the new Premier League season but when it comes to the title race I firmly believe whoever finishes above Manchester City this year will be crowned champions - and I'm not sure anyone is equipped to do that.
The young Brazilian midfielder Oscar has plenty of potential too and looked a threat at the Olympics.
But Chelsea still seem a little loose at the back, and it is as if they have accepted the fact that they are going to let goals in because they are going to attack teams more.
They were ruthlessly exposed by Falcao and Atletico Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup last week, and it will be interesting to see how Roberto Di Matteo responds at QPR when the Premier League returns after the international break.
Does he tighten things up at the back or does he stick with this newfound gung-ho approach? One thing is for sure - that is definitely a dangerous game to play if you want to win a league title.
His purchase of Robin van Persie for £24 million proves it, and the Dutchman has made an immediate impact with four goals in three games.
There is no question that City are the team to beat though - the squad is undoubtedly strong enough and they added well on the last day of the transfer window by bringing in Javi Garcia from Benfica and Scott Sinclair from Swansea.
Those two acquisitions will make them stronger and a much tougher proposition than they would have been without them.
Mancini was desperately trying to get a couple of extra players in and he will be satisfied he finally got his men.
In terms of the fighting for the top four, Tottenham have not got off to the best of starts but they will challenge and I have a feeling Everton might surprise a few.
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