Gary Neville: Chelsea boring? Nonsense!

The former Manchester United defender says the Blues' early-season form and consistency should be admired and criticised the quality of the Premier League
Gary Neville has waded into the debate over Chelsea's playing style, branding claims that the champions-elect are boring as "absolute nonsense".

Jose Mourinho's men have been clear at the top of the Premier League since the end of January and will finally clinch the title on Sunday if they beat Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

Former Manchester United defender Neville admits that Chelsea's "football form" has dipped in recent weeks but insists their early-season performances and consistent results have been more than impressive.

"It’s absolute nonsense," he said on Sky Sports. "I mean people called the Newcastle team of 1996 with Kevin Keegan exciting but they were exciting losers; nobody remembers them now.

"The fact of the matter is that people remember winners. People will remember this Chelsea team. They were exciting earlier in the season, the style was good.

"They have hit a blip in terms of the rhythm in their game and what you would call 'football form' in the last couple of months but their run of results is fantastic and that's all that matters, as far as I'm concerned. You're never going to go through a full season brilliant.

"The rest of the league has been poor ... [Chelsea are] 10 points in front, it doesn't say a lot about the rest of the league that they're going to get an easy ride at the end. It's a poor reflection on the other teams that are chasing them or supposedly competing with them."