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Michael Owen makes Premier League title race prediction after Chelsea and Manchester United defeats


Michael Owen is looking forward to a thrilling Premier League title race (Picture: BT Sport)

Michael Owen believes the Premier League is set for an ‘unbelievable’ title race and says Chelsea and Manchester United’s defeats this weekend show ‘everyone is beatable’ and ‘no one is going to run away with it’.

European champions Chelsea saw their unbeaten start to the season ended by domestic champions Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Gabriel Jesus’ second-half strike separated the sides but the scoreline did not reflect Man City’s dominance as Pep Guardiola’s side created a number of good chances and thwarted Chelsea’s attack superbly.

United also lost their first league game of the season as Aston Villa secured their first victory at Old Trafford in 12 years thanks to Kortney Hause’s late header and Bruno Fernandes’ missed injury-time penalty.

Owen insists Chelsea’s defeat will have been received well at the other title contenders and says he cannot see any team pulling away at the top of the Premier League this season.

‘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?”

Gabriel Jesus scored the winner as Man City beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty)

‘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.’

Aston Villa secured a rare victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)

Tuchel’s Chelsea boast an impressive record against Manchester City but even the German boss admitted his team were outplayed in west London on Saturday.

‘We lost the game and City deserved to win,’ he said. ‘Until the goal we were very strong in the last 20 metres of the field, but only there unfortunately.

‘Everywhere else we were not good enough to relieve pressure and to hurt them. The performance was not complex enough.

‘Overall, simply, we were not at our best level. After the goal it felt a little bit like the belief in winning was bigger than the fear of losing, I don’t know why.

‘We tried to push and get the crowd behind us. It was a very emotional game but never on our highest level.’

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