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The England international feels his side still inspire fear domestically despite their Champions League exit, and is hoping to continue his side’s unbeaten run at Stamford Bridge

Joleon Lescott believes Manchester City’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season has made other teams scared of them and says Monday night's game against Chelsea is just what they want.

City have made the best start to a season in Premier League history and, despite making an early exit from the Champions League, Lescott feels they still inspire fear in the rest of the division.

"Even though we have just gone out of the Champions League, we like to think teams are becoming scared of us because they can see we are a serious team,” the England international told reporters.

"I see ourselves in the same bracket as Chelsea and United now, we are competing on the same level as them, and we have no fear of playing against them.

‘‘This is the sort of game we want.

“They are one of our main rivals and we are one of theirs, so it will be a exciting game that means a lot, and it will be a good ­benchmark for us to judge how far we have come.

“We have Arsenal after that too, but we don’t fear anyone.

“We are not afraid of going to Stamford Bridge. We don’t think we’ll score six like at Old Trafford, because that was even a shock to us.

“But we know if teams don’t apply themselves right against us, we have the capacity to punish them.”

A trip to Stamford Bridge should prove a test of City’s title credentials, and Lescott admits his side will have to be on top of their game.

“We find increasingly, week-by-week, that teams and people are starting to look at us differently because we are top of the league,” he added.

“The more we keep our unbeaten run going, the more that is going to happen.

“Chelsea will be desperate to end our run and it’s up to us to respond and try to make sure we get something from the game.

“It should be a great game. They have had two really good performances.

“But don’t forget, even though we went out of the Champions League, we go there on the back of a big win over Bayern Munich so we have belief and confidence.”

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