Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel expects five teams to challenge for the Premier League title next season, including the surprise choice of Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United.
Manchester City clinched their fourth title success in five seasons on Sunday afternoon, narrowly beating Liverpool to the crown after staging a stunning comeback to beat Aston Villa 3-2 at The Etihad.
City and Liverpool finished well ahead of their nearest rivals, with 93 and 92 points respectively. However, Tuchel expects next season to be completely different and a tougher test for the clear favourites.
Having been tipped to go close themselves, Chelsea struggled to compete domestically – finishing 35 points behind the champions.
As for United, they have now gone five seasons without any silverware. But Tuchel expects Ten Hag to make a big difference at Old Trafford.
The German also feels that Tottenham will improve further under Antonio Conte and challenge near the top.
Indeed, when asked how competitive the Premier League will be next season, he said: “It will be a super tough race.
“Manchester United will be in the race and Tottenham will be in the race with Antonio Conte, for sure.
“We want to stay in the race and Liverpool and Man City do everything to make their squads bigger and they set the standard so high. This is the challenge in which we compete.”
Takeover saga continues to hinder Chelsea
Tuchel admits, however, that Chelsea’s ongoing takeover saga continues to leave them with a ‘huge disadvantage’.
He added, after the final day win over Watford: “We have at the moment a huge disadvantage – that’s not decisive yet.
“There is no need to make excuses now. It is just the situation we are in and we have to be as quick as possible.
Thomas Tuchel will have no holiday until Chelsea signings are done
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel says transfers must be done early and fast to make Chelsea competitive next season
“Right now, of course, it is unsatisfying because our hands are tied. We cannot act as we want. We have clear ideas for the profiles and characteristic of these players.
“It is not like you put a name on the list and then you get the player. You have to convince the player, you have to speak to other clubs and convince yourself this is the player, so there is normally a lot of work and it will be the same to be competitive next season, while, like everybody else, tries to close the gap to us, while the two top teams are what they are. A benchmark of consistency.
“This is the situation and from there we do our very best to be competitive. Because this is what we want to be.”
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