Premier League champions, Chelsea, could well be the team to watch next season going by the words of Bayern Munich manager, Carlo Ancelotti, who has tipped the Blues for glory in next season’s UEFA Champions League competition.
The Blues were absent from the 2016/2017 edition, but find themselves back amongst Europe’s best after an impressive season saw them clinch the PL title under new manager, Antonio Conte.
Consequently, former Chelsea boss, Ancelotti, says while he cannot wish compatriot, Conte well in Europe, it’s obvious he has turned their mentality around, enough to make them a team to watch in the Champions League.
“I cannot wish Antonio to win the Champions League, but of course Chelsea will be competitive,” Ancelotti said.
“They have bought really good players, the team is better compared to last year – it was a fantastic year for Chelsea and for Antonio.
“He was able to change the mentality of the team, the style of play and everything was okay. For this reason they are going to be really, really competitive. To win? I don’t know. I hope not.
No Premier League side made it beyond the last eight last season, and it’s been five years since one reached the final of the CL, with Ancelotti’s former club, Chelsea the last to do so.
However, the former Real Madrid and AC Milan manager believes that English teams will poise a more serious challenge next season.
“I think there is not a lot of difference. In the last period of the Champions League, the Premier League team had problems,” he said.
“But I think this year they have really good teams in the Champions League – Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City.
“With these teams the Champions League will be more competitive this year. There was a period where the English teams were not in (the latter stages) of the competition, but this period has finished,” he added.
Ancelotti spent two years in England as Chelsea manager.