Chelsea are current champions of England, and the Blues have held the title for the second time in the last three seasons.

Arsenal legend and football pundit, Paul Merson has warned Chelsea boss Antonio Conte that defending the title is even harder than winning it.

He told the Daily Star: “Defending the title is 100 times harder than winning it and the pressure will be on him next season because everyone will be gunning for Chelsea.

“You only have to look at what happened when they won it the last time. They lost the plot and Jose Mourinho ended up with the sack.

“It’s so hard to win it again. Players switch off and lose focus. Other teams raise their game against the champions and Chelsea will have extra games from being back in the Champions League.

“But this manager doesn’t mess about. He doesn’t let you drop off. He churned out title after title at Juventus and everybody wanted to beat them.

“He needs to buy well this summer. This is where the big managers earn their money – by getting top-drawer players to sign for their club.”

Jose Mourinho is the only Chelsea manager to have successfully defended the Premier League title, and hopefully, Conte will do same next season.

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