Could this be Chelsea’s starting XI next season?

Chelsea are on course to win the Premier League title for the fifth time in the club’s history following Tottenham’s slip-up at West Ham United on Friday night.¬†

Mauricio Pochettino’s side succumbed to a 1-0 defeat – only their second in the league since the turn of the year – thanks to a scrappy goal from Hammers midfielder Manuel Lanzini. The result means Chelsea now only need six points from their final four games to be crowned Champion’s of England.

The Blues host Middlesbrough tomorrow night in the first part of their favourable running which sees them take on three of the bottom seven. A win at the Bridge on Monday leaves Antonio Conte’s side within hand’s reach of the title, needing only a win at Tony Pulis’ West Brom this coming Friday to bring home the silverware.

Securing the title would make Antonio Conte only the ninth ever manager to win the Premier League. Amongst those who have achieved that feat before are former Blues’ bosses Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Claudio Ranieri, who of course became a Premier League champion with Leicester City only last season.

With an FA Cup final against Arsenal on the horizon too, a win there would make the Italian boss the first ever Chelsea boss in the club’s 112 year history to win the double in his first season, that is of course if the Blues are to triumphant at Wembley on the 27th of May.

There is no doubting it has been a fantastic season in South-east London. In comparison to last season, it has been a dream and this Chelsea side is perhaps the best top flight side that England has seen since the Blues squad of 2004/05 who smashed the Premier League points record with a brilliant 95.

The summer always represents a busy time for the Blues though, regardless of the successes of the previous season, with Roman Abramovich more than happy to part ways with his cash in order to ensure the riches continue to find their way to the Bridge each year. Rumours are flying already with regards to who may be on their way in, or indeed on their out of the Bridge. That said, could Chelsea line up like this next season?

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