Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said Chelsea will fall “a fraction less in the top four” this season, despite Thomas Tuchel going undefeated in his opening six appearances in charge.
The Blues have won four and have drawn two since Tuchel arrived at Stamford Bridge to replace Frank Lampard.
They currently occupy fifth place in the standings, two points behind the top four.
Speaking after Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Southampton, Wenger described their performance as “worrying”, telling beIN Sports: “I would say it’s a fair result with one side happier than the other.
“Southampton are certainly the happiest after stopping their losing fall.
“What’s a little worrying for Chelsea is that they weren’t at their best, which is happening in this league, but you don’t feel a huge potential there, neither on the tactical side, nor on the on the physical side, neither on the aggressive side, nor on the organizational side.
“I looked at their number of points, in this race, they will score 63 points. It could be a fraction less than the first four. I just think they made 43 points out of 25 games and on that average it brings you to 63 and 63 usually you’re out [of the top four].
“They can of course have a great race, but today their game was a bit frustrating for them. They did not find the ease to put Southampton under pressure.