Arsenal hero Charlie Nicholas explains why Chelsea will be ‘vulnerable’ upon Premier League restart

Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas believes Frank Lampard's Chelsea are 'vulnerable'
Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas believes Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are ‘vulnerable’ (Pictures: Getty / Sky Sports)

Chelsea will be ‘vulnerable’ during the Premier League restart and could slip out of the top four, according to Arsenal hero Charlie Nicholas.

The Blues have largely impressed in Frank Lampard’s first season in charge, winning 14 of their 29 Premier League games to sit fourth in the table, three points above Manchester United.

Chelsea will hope to solidify their place in the top four when the 2019-20 campaign resumes later this month, with the Blues travelling to Aston Villa for their first game back on June 21.

But Nicholas believes Chelsea will be ‘vulnerable’ when the season restarts and says the club could drop out of the Champions League places.

‘I don’t think there is any doubt that Liverpool and Manchester City have gone by a distance,’ the former Arsenal, Celtic and Scotland striker told Sky Sports.

‘Leicester City can still be caught, they have got some awkward games to come, there’s no doubt about that, but they are in a very nice position.

Chelsea had largely impressed before the coronavirus pandemic
Chelsea had largely impressed before the coronavirus pandemic (Picture: Getty)

‘Chelsea are questionable because their youngsters will be refreshed and everyone thinks they will get going, but sometimes the youngsters actually love the audience because they don’t have any fear, so I think because of that, Chelsea are vulnerable.’

Chasing Lampard’s Chelsea will be the likes of Manchester United, Wolves, Sheffield United, Tottenham and Arsenal.

Asked who could secure the Europa League places, Nicholas added: ‘I would like to think that after the awkward Man City game Arsenal have actually got some relatively good, winnable games.

‘But everything is questionable with them, we know that. It’s hard to predict. There is a real fight going to happen here.

‘Sheffield United have been the second best team of the season after Liverpool but I think if anybody has been disrupted it might be Sheffield United.

‘We will judge them on the opening Wednesday against Aston Villa away, so we will wait and see that one.

‘I just think Arsenal can kick on a little bit, more in hope with the heart ruling the head than anything else but I expect Manchester United and Arsenal to probably be there with Chelsea.’

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