Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham fell just short of Chelsea in the Premier League race last season as they finished at second, above top-four rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.
They were arguably the best side in terms of playing style last season and their strong end to the season saw lessons learned from the 2015/16 campaign as they lost steam at a crucial time.
With another new season about to begin, former Spurs defender William Gallas believes a youthful side has plenty of work cut out to go one better.
Gallas, speaking at the Star Sixes tournament in London, said the team will need some time to adjust to their temporary new home of Wembley and could encounter some problems early in the season.
Meanwhile, Gallas also talked about John Terry departing from Chelsea and how the defending champions will have to fill his presence.
Former Liverpool forward Luis Garcia is quite positive about Jurgen Klopp’s team challenging for the top spot in the upcoming Premier League season.
The Reds having come fourth in last year’s campaign despite posing a threat eventual champions Chelsea at one stage, will be looking to go all the way in 2017-18. What’s more is that having reached top-four, finishing just above Arsenal, they will be competing in the Champions League as well.
And speaking in an interview after the Star Sixes tournament in London, Garcia spoke about how Liverpool can be genuine contenders for the Premier League title thanks to signings like Mohamed Salah from Roma.
Meanwhile, Garcia, an ex-Spain international was also impressed by Spain’s Under-21s in the Euros that were held in Poland. He said he is excited about the prospects of young talent reaching the national team, and the next World Cup in 2018 is where they might come center stage.
Chelsea moved to bolster their backline this week by completing the £34million capture of Antonio Rudiger from Roma.
The 24-year-old Germany international is far from the finished article but his versatility combined with boss Antonio Conte’s ability to nurture potential means he could turn out to be a masterstroke for the Premier League champions.
Conte has been desperate to reinforce his defence and with Rudiger on board, the Italian can now turn his attentions to further up the pitch with the striking department a particular area for improvement.
And former Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly has had his say on Diego Costa’s future while also talking up possible replacement for him in the form of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and offering his view on the signing of Rudiger.
Check out the video above to hear from Desailly after he competed in the Star Sixes tournament at the 02 Arena, London on Thursday.