Reece James has predicted that Chelsea will challenge for trophies next campaign, with Mauricio Pochettino set to come in as manager.
The West London side have endured a poor 2022-23 season and will finish in the bottom half of the Premier League table no matter the result of Sunday’s final fixture against Newcastle – with the club crashing out of all the cups.
Chelsea started the season under Thomas Tuchel, who was sacked and replaced with Graham Potter in September, before he was also dismissed and Frank Lampard was given the job on a short-term deal until the end of the campaign.
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They are now expected to announce the arrival of Pochettino having reached a full agreement with the former Tottenham coach, who will look to make an immediate impact and bring glory back to Chelsea.
James believes Chelsea can challenge for trophies in 2023-24 as he posted on Instagram: ‘I’m sure you’ve seen the news (about an injury that will rule him out for the Newcastle game at Stamford Bridge).
‘I won’t be back for the last game of the season. It’s been tough for me. I’m sorry this season hasn’t gone as we all wanted.
‘Next season I’ll be back stronger than ever, and we’ll be back fighting for trophies! Stay well and see you soon. Love you all.’
Chelsea have spent more than £600million on players since Todd Boehly arrived as co-owner in the summer in what has been a difficult period for the club.
But James, speaking in February, has predicted that Chelsea will become ‘one of the best teams in the world’ once their new stars have settled.
‘I don’t think there’s a trophy we can’t win,’ the England defender said. ‘With all the young players, once we have played together for a longer period of time I think we’re going to be one of the best teams in the world.’