Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, has spoken out about his long-term plans for the Blues, but does not know whether the club will finish in first, or sixth, place next season.
They have already strengthened the squad, confirming the £27 million signing of Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona, while the arrival of Diego Costa has been all but confirmed.
After arriving back at Stamford Bridge last summer for a second spell in charge of the club, he insisted throughout the course of the season that his Chelsea side was a “small horse that needs milk and needs to learn how to jump”, compared to the likes of big horses, Manchester City.
The team began the season well, playing some decent attacking football, which the club owner Roman Abramovich demands. However, Mourinho soon ditched the style of play in favour of a counter attacking approach, as he did not want to throw away a place in the Champions League this season.
However, the former Real Madrid manager now believes his new-look Chelsea side are capable of finishing in first place, but the margins between the top sides are so close that they could also finish in sixth place.
Quoted by Sky Sports, Mourinho said: “I know Chelsea will be better, but maybe the other teams will be better too, so it will again be the kind of league where you don’t know if you’re going to finish first or finish sixth.”
Mourinho was much of the reason that the Blues have been capable of competing for trophies over the past decade, having built a dominant Chelsea team during his first spell.
The self-named Special One is now looking to start over and build another team capable of winning trophies, after seeing club legends Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole finally leave the club this summer.
“After 10 years of titles and great moments, this is a moment to rebuild again, because teams don’t last forever," he explained.
“I was a little part of the process that made Chelsea a force in the last decade, and I come back with the dream to try to be a little part again of the next decade.
“That’s what we are doing, and for sure the results with come.”