Chelsea defender Gary Cahill admitted that his side face a tough task to retain the English Premier League title next season, with every side wanting to claim their scalp, with the Blues winning the league last season, eight points above second-placed Manchester City.
Cahill believes that there will be a target on the Stamford Bridge outfit’s backs in the upcoming campaign and expects every potential challenger to improve their squads this summer.
“We have spoken among ourselves and we know it will be even harder to retain it,” Cahill told The Guardian.
“The top teams in our league all pose threats and they are going to provide bigger challenges next year.
“After Manchester City won the league, the following season, whenever anyone played City, they knew that they were up against the reigning champions so there was that added pressure on them and an added incentive for everyone playing them.
“That’s natural, that added incentive to beat the reigning champions, because they’d been the best the season before – and we will feel that next year. It’ll be even harder to retain it.
“I’ve never experienced this before because that was my first league title but the senior boys in the squad and the management know what it takes and it’s going to be harder, not least because there’ll be movement in the summer to strengthen teams.”