Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink insists Chelsea have shown ‘what it takes to be CHAMPION’ by battling Liverpool with ten men as the former striker backs Blues for the Premier League title
- Chelsea and Liverpool equalized at Anfield on Saturday at 1-1
- The Blues sent Reece James off the field just before half-time, but handled it well
- Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink said the screen showed Chelsea are contenders
Chelsea walked away satisfied from Anfield on Saturday and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes the Blues can go to the title from here.
Thomas Tuchel’s side took the lead through a stunning Kai Havertz, but Reece James’ red card turned the script around, with Mo Salah stepping in to score a penalty after the right-back was judged to be on the line.
Despite falling to 10 men, the Blues dug in and held back Salah, Mane and Jota – the Reds containing the stifling defensive organization that gave them Champions League glory last season.
Chelsea look set to face a strong Premier League title challenge in early form this season
The Blues sidelined Liverpool for 45 minutes to take a point after Reece James was sent off
“This second half will tell him more than the game against Arsenal,” the former Blues striker told Sky Sports.
“He will get more out of this and more out of his team than the win over Arsenal where they played well.
“But if you’d told him you’re going to Anfield and get a point, he’ll have understood. That’s what you have to do to become a champion.
‘And then with ten men more. The togetherness is enormous, they have speed and are in a good place. They’re there.’
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes the Blues are perfectly ready to win the league title
The Blues were solid and continue their winning form in the Champions League into the new season
Hasselbaink’s career in West London ended just one season too early to join Jose Mourinho’s 2004-05 title-winning squad that changed English football forever.
They have since won four more, the last in 2016-17 under Antonio Conte. After the rebuild under Frank Lampard, this certainly looks like their best chance yet to add a sixth Premier League.
Tuchel’s men will face Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge next weekend before starting their European campaign against Zenit.