With Manchester City confirmed as Premier League champions on Tuesday night, there were surely envious glances sent from west London. After all, Chelsea have not lifted the English crown since 2017.
In fact, Chelsea have now been matched by City on five all-time Premier League titles – a remarkable feat considering that the Citizens did not lift their first trophy until 2012.
Antonio Conte was the last man to lead the Blues to a league title, with the Italian having also done the same for Inter Milan this season.
A title challenge under Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge is surely the minimum expectation next season now.
Glory is certainly well overdue at the club. They are now four years without a league crown – the joint-longest period they have gone without victory since their first Premier League success in 2005.
Should this extend to a fifth season, it would be the longest period without a title during the Roman Abramovich era.
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Compare this to the success of fellow nouveau riche outfit Man City, and Chelsea have really begun to fall by the wayside.
It really is pivotal then that Chelsea finally assemble a viable title challenge under new boss Tuchel to really re-establish themselves as one of English football’s elite.
After all, the former Paris Saint-Germain boss made clear of his aspirations to challenge for silverware upon his arrival at Stamford Bridge.
He said: “Honestly when I think about Chelsea and my time at Chelsea I want to win trophies.
“This is clear. This club is about winning titles.
“I believe that to achieve this it is necessary that we create an atmosphere, in the squad and between the squad and the staff, that the people who support us can feel it, that there’s something special about this team.”
There are certainly promising signs under the German already. Chelsea have reached the both FA Cup and UEFA Champions League final under his tutelage.
Nevertheless, those envious glances towards Man City will always remain until Chelsea manage to re-establish themselves at the top of the Premier League and that simply has to happen next season.