Paul Merson makes prediction about Chelsea under Antonio Conte next season

Paul Merson is expecting to see Chelsea challenge for the Champions League title next season

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Arsenal legend Paul Merson Photo: Sky Sports

Paul Merson believes that Chelsea will be “big players” in the Champions League next season.

The Blues have been the Premier League’s top performing team since Antonio Conte’s arrival at the club last summer as Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor.

Conte has masterminded a dramatic turnaround at Stamford Bridge this season following their disastrous showing last term, when they ended up 10th in the table and without a trophy.

Having already secured their place in next season’s Champions League, Chelsea are chasing a domestic double and will take on Arsenal in the FA Cup final at the end of the month.

And Arsenal legend Merson reckons the Blues will be serious title challengers in the Champions League next term.

Merson said on Sky Sports News HQ: “I think they’ll be big players in the Champions League next season, I really do.”

Chelsea take on Watford at Stamford Bridge in their next Premier League game on Monday night.

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The Blues won the Premier League title and the League Cup under Jose Mourinho in the 2014-15 season.

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