Michael Owen predicts where Chelsea will finish this season
Michael Owen is backing Chelsea to retain their Premier League title this season under Antonio Conte
Michael Owen is tipping Chelsea to retain their Premier League title this season under Antonio Conte.
The Blues were by far the best team in the top flight last term as they won a record 30 games on their way to lifting the Premier League trophy under the Italian manager.
Chelsea did not have the distraction of European football last season as they managed to focus all of their efforts on winning the Premier League title.
Conte is now preparing his side for a return to the Champions League as the west London club aim to challenge for trophies on four fronts this season.
And former Liverpool striker Owen believed that Chelsea will be the team to beat in the Premier League once again this season.
Owen is quoted as saying by the Daily Express: “Chelsea were the best team last season.
“Manchester City are probably the most difficult to predict. They have addressed the full-back issue from last season and player for player they are the best side in the league.
“Despite that, they might take time to click as a team and they’re not a machine like Chelsea who can grind out results when playing badly.”
Conte has moved quickly to bolster his squad ahead of his second season in charge by wrapping up deals for Willy Caballero, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata.
The west London side will learn their Champions League opponents for the group stage later this month when the draw takes place in Monaco.