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Chelsea boss Tuchel: Five teams can challenge for Prem title

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel insists they can challenge Liverpool and champions Manchester City next season.

Tuchel believes Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham could all challenge but neglected to include Arsenal, who finished ahead of United in fifth.

City won their fourth league crown in five seasons on a dramatic final day on Sunday as they pipped Liverpool to top spot after fighting back to beat Aston Villa 3-2.

"It will be a super tough race," the German said. "Manchester United will be in the race, Tottenham will be in the race with Antonio Conte for sure, and we want to stay in the race.

"And Liverpool and Man City will do everything to even make their squads bigger.

"They set the standard so, so high and it will take the same to be competitive next season. While like everybody else tries to close the gap to us...the two top teams are what they are, a benchmark of consistency.

"That's the situation and from there on we do our very best to be competitive because this is what we want to be."

Chelsea will be under new ownership next season as a group led by Todd Boehly is purchasing the club from Roman Abramovich for £4.25billion.

"It is going to be very difficult because even if we keep the team and have maybe the chance to add one or two key players it would already be difficult," Tuchel said.

"Maybe even very difficult. Still we are not sure if we play the same season again.

"It was an incredible season from (City and Liverpool) and in the end I don't lie to myself."


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