Former Chelsea and Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has claimed that it is normal for the Blues to struggle this campaign after winning the Premier League title last time around.
Ranieri led Leicester to the league title in 2016 but was sacked the following season after a poor run of form. The current FC Nantes manager is of view that Chelsea are struggling this season due to the added Champions League games but has backed manager Antonio Conte to lead them to further successes.
As reported by the Evening Standard, Ranieri said, “It’s difficult to win the league the second year. Chelsea also has the Champions League and then it’s not easy. It’s not easy when a lot of other teams are renovating their players.”
The Blues bought in the likes of Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger, Davide Zappacosta and Danny Drinkwater in the summer but there is a feeling that their squad is not strong enough to challenge for the top titles.
However, Ranieri is of view that Conte can do the best with what he has. He added, “He is happy. He is a fantastic manager and tries to do the best for Chelsea.”
Chelsea next take on Italian side Roma tonight at the Stadio Olimpico, having drawn the first game 3-3 at Stamford Bridge and Conte will be looking for a win that would almost seal their progress to the next round of the Champions League.