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Michael Owen predicts where Chelsea will finish next season under new head coach Mauricio Pochettino
Posted by  badge Boss on May 21, 2023 - 08:43PM
Michael Owen has urged Chelsea to trim the size of their current squad (Picture: PLP)

Michael Owen has backed to return to the top four next season despite a miserable 2022-23 campaign for the west Londoners.

The at the Etihad on Sunday and will finish the season in the bottom half of the table.

But with set to come in as head coach, Owen is backing the former Tottenham boss to lead Chelsea back into the Champions League spots.

Speaking after Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat in Manchester, Owen told Premier League Productions: ‘I think they will [finish in the top four next season].

‘The most important thing at that club is to get rid of players. You can never, ever have a squad of that much quality and have harmony.

‘You’re constantly draining all your energy trying to keep 30 players happy. I think the main thing now is to get rid of half a dozen players, focus on a smaller pool, and I think they will do alright next season.

‘It’s easier said than done… there’s some that will naturally go – whether that be due to age, not being good enough or coming up to the end of their contract.’

Owen Hargreaves, meanwhile, has ripped into Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly for the club’s poor season.

‘You get new owners and Todd Boehly comes in, they get rid of Petr Cech, Marina Granovskaia, they got rid of all the football people at that club,’ Hargreaves said.

‘Why would you get rid of all the football people? Now it looks like there are no football people at the club. The decisions they have made, it has been a mess, it has been reckless, spending £600m and finishing in the bottom half is ridiculous really.’

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