Antonio Conte: Chelsea have a long way to go to become European champions


Chelsea won the Premier League last term, but they didn't have to contend with European football which ultimately helped their cause.

So far, Chelsea have made four signings - Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger, Alvaro Morata and Willy Caballero.

However, they have also seen some deals slip through their grasp, most notably Danilo and Romelu Lukaku who signed for Manchester City and Manchester United respectively.

And Conte has warned of the need to make sure the Blues have a productive window if they are to see off their European rivals. "I know we have a lot of road ahead before we can compete to try to win the Champions League," Conte said.

"We are trying to rebuild a situation and it’s not easy. “You need a bit of time to create a structure and to build every season — and then to go to fight.

“It is always important to know the reality and then to try and work and try to improve.” Conte watched Chelsea land the Champions League five years ago and admits the gulf in European class nowadays is clear for all to see.

He added: "Bayern Munich are ready to fight to win the Champions League because every season they stay there, and they try to improve the team. “For them it is easier now because they have a good structure.

"You arrive at the end of the season and sign one or two players to improve your team but you have 17 or 18 players for a good basis. “Then you can pay £80m for one player or £90m for two players and your transfer market is finished. “When you must rebuild you need to buy players but also create the solid foundation, and then find one or two strong players to improve your quality.”