Chelsea have dominated English football this season.
The Blues won the Capital One Cup in March and they will complete their inevitable double on Sunday if they beat Crystal Palace to seal the first Premier League crown since 2010.
Jose Mourinho’s side have only lost two league games this term – away at Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur – and the Stamford Bridge outfit began this weekend 13 points clear of their closet rivals at the top of the table.
Despite their dominance this season, Mourinho admits his side are far from guaranteed a top-four finish – the requirement to qualify for the Champions League – next year.
Mourinho is quoted by the Daily Star as saying: “For next season, I can imagine the top squads will have a few new players and every one of the title contenders will be very strong.
“In relation to the Premier League, when the season starts, if you want to be champions you also have the risk to finish fifth. Next season will be the same.
“When I start next pre-season, I will say I will fight for the title. I want to fight for the title.
“But there is a big risk of not even finishing in the top four, so let’s go step by step.
“The first objective next season will be to finish top four.”
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Chelsea’s last five league finishes have been first, second, sixth, third and third again.
Most bookmakers make Chelsea 11/8 favourites to win next season’s Premier League title. Manchester City are rated as second favourites, with United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs third, fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.