Thomas Tuchel’s side ended the previous campaign as Champions League winners, FA Cup finalists, and as the fourth-placed team in the Premier League – despite the German only coming in mid-season to replace Frank Lampard.
Serious achievements like these have got many pundits aware of the potential threat the Blues could pose next season in trying to dethrone current champions Manchester City, despite not having signed anyone yet as the season fast approaches.
Ex-Crystal Palace owner and talkSPORT pundit Simon Jordan is the latest to jump on the hype train surrounding a potential Blues title charge, as Tuchel looks to build on the successes of the last campaign.
“I think the team that everyone will be focussing on is Chelsea,” Jordan told talkSPORT. “They are the real team who I think can really challenge Manchester City and Liverpool.
“Whoever finishes above Chelsea will win the league in my view. It won’t be a two-horse race. I just think he [Tuchel] is the real deal. I think the players get him, I think he doesn’t muck about.
“You can’t just come out of the blocks and explode the way he did.
“He had the platform, and some credit must be given back to Frank Lampard because some of the key components including the guy [Havertz] who scored the goal in the Champions League final were signed by him.
“But Tuchel has put them together in a more compelling way than what Frank had done, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Chelsea are really, really close to winning the Premier League this year.”
Bold claims by Jordan mirror previous predictions that have been made in relation to the west Londoners’ title credentials next season.
Rio Ferdinand is another who has picked the Blues as his team to win the 2021/22 Premier League.
“Have you seen Chelsea’s stats? They’re my team to win the league next year,” Ferdinand explained on his Vibe With Five podcast not long after the campaign finished.
“Since Tuchel’s come they’re top of almost every category: goals conceded, chances created. What he’s done going in there deserves nothing but applause.”
Meanwhile, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher also believes they will be in contention to win the title next season.
“Oh yeah, I really do think so,” he said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football show when asked if Chelsea would be in the picture.
“It’s looked for the last couple of seasons that no-one could really match City at certain times, Liverpool have for a couple of years, but I think we’ve got now maybe two or three other teams besides Liverpool who could really match Manchester City.”