Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, says the Blues will not win the title this season – but insisted it will be very different prospect next year.
Mourinho once again argued his priority this season is on developing individual players and the squad, and it’s therefore inevitable to compete for things.
When asked about winning the title this season already, he answered, "I don't think so."
“We are improving a lot. The team, the players... We are going in a good direction. But this season? I don't think so."
"We have to try to keep the good form we have, and let things happen naturally. As I've always said, our main objective this season is to build a team.
“The best way to build a team is to be competing for things. When you play Europa League, no evolution. When you play in the Premier League 20 points behind the leader, no evolution.
"Evolution comes at the same time you build a team and have serious competition. So we need this. We need to be top of the league. We need to be top three or four, to play against [Manchester] City and to play for something. If you play against City and there's a distance of 10 points, it's no good.
“But to do that with one or two points difference? The players need to know the Champions League knock-out phase - some of my players have not experienced that. So everything is coming to us.“
Mourinho declared this season the Blues are only trying to win their next match, but once players like Salah and Matic have been with him for a year, he expects it to be a very different Chelsea.
"I think, next season, we're going to have a very strong team, starting from day one with everybody,” he added.
“This season [Samuel] Eto'o started late, we sold [Juan] Mata, Matic and Salah cannot play in the Champions League...
“Next season, we start from day one with the squad, more maturity, tactically stronger. I imagine we'll be strong.
But this season we are in the competitions. I'm not saying [we must] win the competitions, but we try and win the next match."
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