Chelsea striker Timo Werner admits winning the Premier League may be beyond the team this season.
The Blues have spent a lot of money this summer, investing in attacking talent and improving other positions as well.
But recent signing Werner and his teammates got a reality check, losing 2-0 to Liverpool on Sunday.
Werner, 24, told German newspaper Bild: “We have to be honest with ourselves and say that we probably won’t win the Premier League or the Champions League this season.
“If it works anyway, all the nicer. But that’s not what the club expects.
“I like to compare that to Liverpool a few years ago. In the first year, the team didn’t win a title either.
“In the second year they were in the Champions League final, in the third they won it and in the fourth, the title in the Premier League followed.
“With our Chelsea project, too, we want to develop step by step so that we have greater chances for the title after each season.”