Speaking on Sky Sports‘ Monday Night Football, the former Manchester United captain believes Antonio Conte’s Blues have the right mix between playing passing football and becoming happily involved in a closely fought contest.
“It is a long way to go and what I would say is to win a title you need consistency,” Neville said.
“Arsenal, City and Liverpool are playing a very mobile, agile style of football. Power, pace, strength have always been important facets of winning titles, you go back to all the teams that have won it, even the Leicester team of last season.
“And if I look at the Chelsea team and the actual spine of it, and you think of [N’Golo] Kante, [Nemanja] Matic, [Diego] Costa, [Cesar] Azpilicueta, [David] Luiz, [Gary] Cahill, experience, reliability, strength, power.
“You feel like they could play in a game of football, they could play in a nasty game, they could play in a good game, a passing game, they could play on a cold night, they could take punches, they could fight with you, they could do everything that you would particularly want to do to win a league.
“I always get the feeling with the other three teams at the moment that they are not robust enough to be able to cope with the punches when they come. The punches will always come in a 38-game season and you have to be able to withstand them and maybe even go down and get back up.
“And that is where at this moment in time this Chelsea team stand out for me, in terms of the strength of their spine, the power that exists in there, the reliability, the solidity just looks so much better.
“But injuries, loss of form can happen, but the other three teams would have to do something very different than what has been done before and that is win with a different style of play.”