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Although European clubs have barely reached the halfway stages of their pre-season tours, Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti is already backing his former club Chelsea to reach the later stages of this season’s Champions League.

Speaking to the press ahead of Bayern Munich’s match against Chelsea in Singapore on Tuesday, the Italian manager, who won the double with the Blues in 2010, told the Evening Standard that he expects his former side to┬ádo well in Europe next term.

“I can not wish Antonio to win the Champions League, but of course Chelsea will be competitive”, predicted the 58-year-old who has won Europe’s top prize three times as a coach.

Sitting alongside his new signing James Rodriguez in a press conference on Monday morning, the Bayern Munich manager identified Chelsea’s transfer activity as one of the main factors behind his prediction.

“They have bought really good players, the team is better compared to last year”, explained the former Chelsea coach to the Evening Standard.

Chelsea last played in the Champions League in the 2015/16 campaign when they were eliminated in the Round of 16 by PSG.

As well as talking about Chelsea’s chances in Europe next season, the Bayern Munich coach spoke to the Evening Standard about the club’s newest signing Alvaro Morata.

“Morata is a fantastic young striker. I think Chelsea have a really good signing because he is a player that can help the team to be better. He is a complete striker and can play in different positions“, revealed the former Chelsea boss.

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