John Terry has urged Chelsea to reinforce in the summer and build a squad like the one that brought so much success under Jose Mourinho.
With Manchester United needing just a point to secure the Barclays Premier League title, Chelsea are set to end the season empty-handed.
This is likely to see Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti lose his job, while owner Roman Abramovich has been tipped to begin a cull at Stamford Bridge in the playing department.
Terry, however, believes the blame for a trophyless campaign should not be placed at the door of Ancelotti, and rather that at the lack of strength in depth in the Chelsea squad.
The Chelsea skipper now remains hopeful the side will be bolstered during the transfer window in order for the Blues to challenge for honours again next year.
"I always think we should strengthen all over the pitch," the 30-year-old told Chelsea TV. "I look back when Jose Mourinho was here – we had a very big squad and great players who could come in, but that brings financial problems and players become unhappy.
"We literally had 11-13 players who weren’t involved, but they were a very good set of quality players and we have missed that.
"We need somewhere in between where we are now and what we had back then. We lost a lot of big players this year and maybe we needed a bigger squad.
"But that’s no fault of [owner] Roman [Abramovich] or this football club. What he has done for Chelsea, I couldn’t put into words.
"It is his money and he has dedicated a lot of time and effort, but I would say we need players."