Ex-Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins believes Carlo Ancelotti is the best manager for the London club, despite a difficult year that started so well for the Blues, but has ended in tears.
Wilkins says that despite the season’s disappointments, including losing the title to Manchester United, and losing the Champions League quarter final to their title rivals, Chelsea don’t need any drastic changes just yet.
“I don't think [the squad] needs a radical change. But they certainly need new players to freshen the place up," Wilkins said, as reported by Sky Sports.
"Wholesale changes, starting from the coach, would be the wrong way to go.
"Chelsea have a nucleus of players, I know a lot is spoken about how old these players are but, trust me, the fitness levels are exceptionally high.”
Chelsea’s aging squad has been seen as an issue for pundits and fans alike, but Wilkins insists that just because a player is older, doesn’t necessarily mean they will automatically be slower than a younger counterpart.
"The age thing does not really creep in. They do have the fitness levels of younger men," Wilkins argued.
Chelsea started this season on fire, scoring 17 goals in their first four games. But a lull over Christmas saw all their good work undone, and after making a last minute title charge, the Blues' hopes were dashed on Sunday when they were defeated by rivals Manchester United.
Ancelotti’s job has been unstable ever since, and with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich chasing Champions League glory, the summer could see the Blues with an entirely fresh squad, and manager.