Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has tipped the club for Premier League success next season despite their struggles this term.
Chelsea are likely to miss out on next season’s UEFA Champions League as they are currently fifth on 70 points in the league table with one game remaining.
They can however finish in the top four if they beat Newcastle away on Sunday and hope Brighton and Hove Albion beat Liverpool at Anfield.
“Chelsea last season managed to win the league having finished 10th the previous year, so there can be success again even if we finish fifth this time around,” Conte said on Friday during his pre-match press conference.
“The Premier League is ‘great’ and to compete with so many strong clubs, it is a great chance to have and I am very happy with the last two seasons as I have continued to learn.
“It is still important to focus only on this season, rather than talk about challenging Man City next season.”
On the injury front, he revealed that Thibaut Courtois could return to action for Chelsea after being sidelined with injury.
He added: “Thibaut Courtois trained today and is contention to play against Newcastle. There is no other injury news.”