Thomas Tuchel has promised Chelsea a top-four finish – and claims they must be ready to win the title from day one next season.
The Blues boss takes on Burnley on Sunday in his second game in charge after drawing 0-0 with Wolves on Wednesday night.
But he knows the pressure is on to deliver Champions League qualification this season – and even bigger things next time around.
Tuchel said: “It’s out there. It’s not between the lines. We compete for titles. Right now, to speak about the Premier League title, this is not realistic.
“There are a lot of points and teams in between us and place number four. Of course we do everything to jump to the first four places. This is absolutely clear.
Tuchel has already set his sights on achieving a top four finish this year
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“If you do this job at the highest level, if Chelsea calls you, if you decide to jump in you know what you’re in for.
“It’s nothing to be afraid of. You can be very sure we will do our very best to fulfil our dreams and to fulfil the dreams of our supporters.”
Asked when Chelsea will be ready to win the title, Tuchel said: “Honestly, we have to be ready when the season starts, latest. We have to be ready to compete.
“Chelsea is the club where you compete for trophies and there is no time to waste. As a manager there is no time to waste.
Tuchel was officially announced as Chelsea manager on Thursday
“Honestly now we compete for FA Cup, we will get ready absolutely to compete at the highest level in Champions League.
“We want to create a team that is absolutely no fun to play against and we want to create a team that is confident enough to beat anybody in two games.
“And from latest the start of next season we want to be ready to close the gap to Manchester City, Liverpool.”