Crystal Palace boss delivers Chelsea Premier League title verdict after comprehensive win at Stamford Bridge

Patrick Vieira believes Chelsea are firmly in contention to win the Premier League after watching them ease past his Crystal Palace side.

The Blues got their Premier League campaign off to a winning start with goals from Marcos Alonso, Christian Pulisic and Trevor Chalobah sealing a 3-0 win over their London rivals at Stamford Bridge.

With Romelu Lukaku still to join up with the squad following his club record move from Inter Milan, Thomas Tuchel’s side have been backed to challenge Manchester City for their Premier League crown this season.

And having seen his Palace side comprehensively beaten, Arsenal legend Vieira believes Chelsea must be considered one of the favourites.

‘It was a very tough start but obviously we have to play them,’ Vieira said in his post-match press conference.

‘Obviously Chelsea, with the squad that they have, the money they have spent, they will be there fighting for the title. I think Chelsea will be in the top 3 teams who can win the Premier League.’