Michael Owen is predicting an “unbelievable” title race this season and reckons “a lot of people were getting carried away with Chelsea”.
Manchester City moved up to second in the Premier League table with a 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, while Aston Villa beat Manchester United at Old Trafford in one of the shocks of the day.
That meant Liverpool had the chance to move three points clear of the pack but newly-promoted Brentford held the Premier League leaders to a 3-3 draw.
Chelsea were the early favourites among many pundits, former players and supporters after their impressive start to the new season.
However, Owen thinks their first defeat of the season to defending champions Man City will have some changing their mind on Thomas Tuchel’s outfit.
“Manchester City’s win does wonders for them but I don’t think they will ever believe they can’t win a match because they’re such a talented team,” Owen told Premier League productions.
“What it does do is breath a sigh of relief for the rest of the league because everyone has been thinking, ‘wow, this new Chelsea team look unbelievable… how can we beat them? How do we score against them?’
“There’s been a feeling over the last week or two and everyone was saying Chelsea would win the league. But things change, Man City and Liverpool will play them and things will change.
“At the time if you put a gun to my head and asked me who would win it I would have said the same thing: Chelsea.
“Everyone was swaying towards Chelsea. Now I think people will realise everyone is still beatable.
“This is going to be an unbelievable title race, no one is going to run away with it. Man City, the reigning champions, have just gone to champions-elect Chelsea and not only won, but outplayed them.
“So I think people will have a new opinion now, some people will still think Chelsea and they’ve got a great chance, but I just think a lot of people were getting carried away with Chelsea. It shows they are human after all.”