Antonio Conte says his team are ready to fight for a second consecutive title, although the Italian believes the competitive nature of the Premier League makes our task even more difficult.
The Blues recorded back-to-back title triumphs in 2005 and 2006, with Manchester United the only team to achieve the feat since when they won the league in three successive years - 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Conte is confident his side, who play Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley tomorrow, have the ability to go all the way again.
‘There are many reasons which suggest to me that next season will be very tough, the most difficult of my career, I have this perception,’ he said.
‘In England the pressure is high, this is the strongest league in the world because there are six teams ready to fight for the title. Only one team can win it, and only three other teams can reach the Champions League.
‘We want to try to fight for the title until the end but it won’t be easy. We are working very well to try to do this. The pressure is always the same. I put pressure on myself and it helps me to give my best.’
Conte is happy with the mood and passion in which his squad have been working since returning for pre-season training last month.
‘I’m pleased to work with this group of players because the work-rate and commitment they show me every day is fantastic,’ he added. ‘It’s a pleasure for me and I’m sure they want to try to improve and work harder than last season.
‘We are working very well. We started our pre-season on 10 July, working at Cobham and then we played three games in China and Singapore.’
One player who is expected to be involved against Arsenal is Alvaro Morata, the Spanish striker signed from Real Madrid.
Morata featured in the final two matches of our Asian tour, and Conte believes he has all of the attributes required to become a huge success.
‘Morata is a really good player who can compete with every striker,’ explained the Blues boss. ‘He’s a young player and my task is to help him improve and show his quality. I know he has great quality and he can become one of the best strikers in the world.’