Paul Merson makes prediction about Chelsea in the Champions League

Paul Merson reckons that Chelsea will be determined to win the Champions League under Antonio Conte next season

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Arsenal legend Paul Merson Photo: Sky Sports

Paul Merson believes that Chelsea will now be determined to win the Champions League under Antonio Conte.

The Blues have been celebrating a successful first season under new boss Conte following his arrival at the club last summer as they won the Premier League in his debut campaign in England.

It capped a remarkable turnaround for the west London side after they finished in 10th place in the table and without a trophy last season.

Their title win also secured their place in next season’s Champions League as the Blues look to add a second title to their famous European triumph back in 2012.

And former Arsenal star Merson reckons that Chelsea’s focus will be on winning the Champions League in Conte’s second season in charge.

Writing in his column for the Daily Star, Merson said: “I think next season they will go hard for the Champions League. Some of those players have won the league in two of the last three years.

“They will want to win in Europe now – and so will Conte because he’s never won it. You wouldn’t bet against them either.”

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