‘Chelsea are the only Premier League team fit for Champions League next season’

Stan Collymore fears Chelsea are the only Premier League side equipped to challenge in Europe next season.

The Blues booked their spot in next season’s Champions League with victory at Everton on Sunday as they edged closer to a second league crown in three seasons.

Spurs will qualify for Europe’s leading club competition if they avoid defeat at West Ham on Friday, while Liverpool, Arsenal and the Manchester clubs face a scrap for the remaining two Champions League berths.

Collymore wrote in his Mirror column: “[Chelsea’s win at Everton] was a job done professionally and underlined they have winners in their dressing room – players who have won leagues, Champions Leagues, Europa Leagues and many other different trophies individually and collectively.”

Of Antonio Conte’s settled starting XI, seven have appeared in a major European final and the same number have lifted either the Champions League or Europa League trophy.

Squad players Cesc Fabregas and John Terry have also reached European finals, with Terry claiming both Champions League and Europa League winner’s medals.

Liverpool are the only other English side to reach a European final in the last eight season, losing last year’s Europa League showpiece to Sevilla in Basel.

Collymore added: “That highlighted a massive worry I have for the teams we will send into the Champions League.

“With the exception of the ageing group at Manchester United – Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Chelsea’s players are the only ones who have won anything big in the last four to six years.”

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