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Chelsea finished in third position in the Premier League last season, and the Blues had to fight for that spot.
Four teams fought for only two places in the top four last season, and it went down till the wire.
Everyone is expecting another difficult battle for places in the top four next season, and Arsenal boss Unai Emery believes Chelsea have what it takes to make top four.
Reflecting on next season’s top 4 race, the Gunners boss said: “To be in the top four will be the same difficulty.
“Tottenham is growing up. Chelsea also kept their players [other than selling Eden Hazard] and can keep the performance. Manchester United were behind us last year but they have a lot of potential as a team.”
Chelsea will be without Eden Hazard next season, and the club has also been hit with a transfer ban for two transfer windows – making Frank Lampard’s job even more difficult.
Jamie Redknapp, son of Harry Redknapp and cousin to Frank Lampard has urged Chelsea to give Lampard a realistic target next season. He believes Lampard can achieve top four, but urged that top six will be a more realistic target.
“The expectation will be to finish in the top four – that’s what they’re going to want,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“But I just think you have to be realistic and see how the season goes. I think there will be moments in the season when it will be difficult, it will be a struggle because of the Eden Hazard effect.
“It doesn’t matter what manager you have, [Pep] Guardiola, [Jose] Mourinho, anybody… they are going to struggle without that quality of player.
“I think if they were to finish in the top four that would be an amazing season considering what the club have had to go through in the last year with the transfer embargo.
“You just have to be realistic. Top six is a certainty with the players they’ve got still and the manager so I have no doubts they’ll do that but top four will be what Frank is trying to do.”