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Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen has ruled Chelsea out of finishing among the top four this season.
The Blues have a new coach in the person of Maurizio Sarri who replaced Antonio Conte at the end of last season at Stamford Bridge.
Conte failed to guide the Blues in finishing out on a top four finish last season but was able to win the FA Cup.
The Italian coach Conte led the west London side to fifth spot following a difficult second campaign at Stamford Bridge.
Sarri has taken steps to strengthen the team having signed Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa, Napoli midfielder Jorginho, Real Madrid star Mateo Kovavic and veteran England goalkeeper Rob Green in the summer transfer window, while Thibaut Courtois concluded his move to Real Madrid.
“I don’t see the Blues making a return to the Champions League via the Premier League this season,” Owen told BetVictor.