sport news Can Chelsea or Tottenham REALLY win the Premier League title?

It remains very early in this Premier League campaign, but if the opening few weeks are anything to go by, this season's title race will be far from the one-horse race we saw last season.  

Liverpool flew out of the traps 12 months ago and had their first title in 30 years pretty much wrapped up by Christmas. But, ravaged by injuries and a defence that has shown signs of weakness, Jurgen Klopp's champions could be in for a tough fight to keep hold of their crown. 

It has in recent years been a shootout between the Reds and Manchester City for the big honours, but this season could see two new contenders from the south enter the fray. 

The title race appears to be wide open at this early stage of the Premier League campaign

The title race appears to be wide open at this early stage of the Premier League campaign

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Chelsea and Spurs have enjoyed flying starts to the season, with both looking very strong

Chelsea and Spurs have enjoyed flying starts to the season, with both looking very strong

Jose Mourinho will be delighted with the start his Tottenham side have made to the campaign. Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have obliterated a whole host of defences to put the north London club at the top of the league after nine games. 

But it may be a former star pupil that scuppers Mourinho's plans, because Frank Lampard's Chelsea are displaying all the credentials of a real title threat. Having spent considerably in the summer, the Blues have tightened things up at the back and look a complete force going forwards.

Ahead of their mouthwatering clash at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, Sportsmail assesses the two new contenders and discusses who is best suited to challenge the injury-plagued champions and break the dominance of the two clubs in the north.  

Jurgen Klopp and champions Liverpool could face a title challenge from London this season

Jurgen Klopp and champions Liverpool could face a title challenge from London this season

Squad depth

Top clubs have known for some time that a strong squad is key to any side's silverware ambitions, and this season it will be the way in which managers utilise their squads that could be integral to who wins the big honours come May. 

That is because the hectic fixture schedule, onset by the coronavirus pandemic, means that top-flight clubs are facing an onslaught of games, leaving little time to rest and recuperate. 

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A handful of injuries could really set back a team's title aspirations, so bosses have been looking to ensure that the drop in quality from starting XI to the bench is not too steep. 

Chelsea have spent this big summer and their squad is one of the strongest as a result

Chelsea have spent this big summer and their squad is one of the strongest as a result

For Spurs, that gap in quality has been a real problem up top in years gone by. Harry Kane is typically sidelined at some point every season, and his absence has been sorely missed. 

Brazilian striker Carlos Vinicius has been brought in on loan from Benfica. The 25-year-old has looked handy in his limited Europa League appearances, scoring twice against Ludogorets on Thursday night, but it remains to be seen whether he could plug that gap. 

Mourinho has plenty of rotation options throughout the side, though. He has a number of wingers at his disposal, including Gareth Bale, while Dele Alli cannot get a look in ahead of Tanguy Ndombele, Pierre Hojbjerg and Moussa Sissoko. 

Spurs have long struggled for an understudy of the quality of Harry Kane in years gone by

Spurs have long struggled for an understudy of the quality of Harry Kane in years gone by

Carlos Vinicius has been brought in and it is hoped the Brazilian can ease the burden on Kane

Carlos Vinicius has been brought in and it is hoped the Brazilian can ease the burden on Kane

Chelsea, meanwhile, have one of the best squads in the league. Lampard had to make do with using his young players last season due to the transfer ban but has strengthened in all areas, giving the Blues a complete squad.

The manager has suffered selection headaches as a result of his depth of centre backs, Mason Mount and Billy Gilmour provide fresh options in midfield while Timo Werner's flexibility in operating on the flanks and through the middle gives Lampard plenty of different tools up front.   

Experience

Having the title-winning knowhow can take you a long way when competing for fresh honours. Liverpool strolled to glory last season off the back of the momentum gained from their Champions League triumph, for example.  

Both sides have Premier League winners in their ranks. Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma and N'Golo Kante have all lifted the Premier League title,

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