Owen Hargreaves compares Chelsea to Manchester United Treble winners

Owen Hargreaves claims to see similarities between Chelsea's class of 2014/15 and Manchester United's Treble winners from 1999.

The Quadruple is still on for Chelsea, regardless of what Jose Mourinho may have to say on the matter.

The Blues sit top of the Premier League table, are into the last-16 of the Champions League, the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup and will start their FA Cup campaign at the third round stage in January.

Mourinho has been quick to play down talk of a sustained challenge for all four major honours, but he will be expecting to end the season with an impressive trophy haul.

Former Manchester United and England midfielder Owen Hargreaves believes Stamford Bridge will have plenty to celebrate, with there comparisons to be drawn between Chelsea’s class of 2014/15 and the Red Devils side which made history in 1999 by landing the Treble.

Hargreaves told The Daily Mirror: “When I look at the Chelsea team it reminds me of how we were back in 1999.

“Our team was perfect. We had great skill, great athleticism, great physical strength. And we were ruthless, in a good way. Looking at Mourinho’s side I see the same qualities – especially the ruthlessness.

“Jose doesn’t let players get away with anything, but they respect and admire him for that.

“Louis van Gaal is also like that at Manchester United now. Too much accountability and being nice just doesn’t cut it. Players will respond to tough bosses. Too much freedom and they take advantage.”

Chelsea will face Paris St Germain at the next stage of continental competition, Liverpool in the last four of the League Cup and Watford in the FA Cup.

It would be a big ask to expect that they will compete on multiple fronts, so certain competitions may have to be prioritised.

Reclaiming the domestic crown will be a top target for Mourinho, as will conquering Europe with a third side – having previously tasted Champions League success with Porto and Inter Milan.

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