Chelsea coach Antonio Conte believes that Chelsea will need a bigger squad to compete realistically in the Champions League next season.
At present, the Blues just need six more points to be confirmed as Premier League winners after Tottenham’s shock 1-0 loss against London rivals West Ham United. However, Conte asserted that Tottenham have not been disadvantaged by European commitments this season.
“Tottenham dropped at the first group stage [of the Champions League] and then dropped in the first [round] in the Europa League,” Conte said. “If you consider our games and theirs, there is a difference of what, eight games?
“I must be honest about this topic — I think that Tottenham have an advantage if you compare them to Chelsea. Mauricio Pochettino is a really good manager and is working with his team for a third year.
“Tottenham, last season, fought to win the title and Chelsea arrived 10th. You can see our transfer market, and Tottenham’s transfer market. Then I think Tottenham, in their project, have an advantage if you compare them to us.
“If you consider the squads, the numbers in each squad, you can see the difference: one team prepared to play the Champions League with 25 or 26 players, and another prepared to play the league, the FA Cup and the League Cup.”
When asked if that means Chelsea need more players to compete in both England and Europe next season, Conte replied: “Yes, for sure.”