“Of course, I think we can do better,” Thomas Tuchel said of Chelsea’s form this season.
“It’s not by much, there are fine margins, but we will look positively into the new season. It’s not the moment to analyze everything from this season right now because I don’t have all the answers.
“There are things we would have changed before anyway. We’ve struggled obviously with efficiency, with our goalscoring records, with consistency, with determination and precision in the box against teams who defend deep. Lots of things like this.
“It never stopped for us so maybe it just needs to change that we have everybody available where we can but it’s difficult when you play so many games and it’s the same for all the top teams.
“You look at the top teams and they look to combat this by making their existing squads stronger. Liverpool bought a fantastic player [Luis Diaz] in January to improve and Man City have signed Haaland for next season to make them stronger.
“We are losing players so, at the moment, my focus is to build a strong team and to see what’s even possible, and then we can think about how we close the gap to the top.”
Andreas Christensen and Toni Rudiger will leave the club on free transfer, while Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Jorginho and a few other players are linked with summer exits, too.
The Blues still operate under a government license and can’t make any transfer dealings.