Finishing sixth would be “a good season” for Chelsea, says Glen Johnson, with the Blues needing to regroup after losing Eden Hazard and being stung with a two-window transfer ban.
Those at Stamford Bridge headed into the summer of 2019 aware that they faced a number of challenges.
FIFA had already informed them an embargo on recruiting new players would be put in place, while Belgian forward Hazard was always expected to leave for Real Madrid.
Maurizio Sarri also departed west London, leaving a managerial void for Frank Lampard to fill, and re-establishing stability is going to take time.
Club legend Lampard has made impressive progress to this point, with notable victories secured in the Premier League and Champions League, but there is still much work to be done.
With that in mind, and taking fierce competition for top-four finishes into account, Johnson believes securing European qualification for 2020-21 would be a decent result for the Blues.
The former Chelsea defender told talkSPORT: “The way they can’t sign anyone, they lost their best player and can’t replace him.
“They’ve got to give kids a chance and some of them have never played in the Premier League before.