Despite Chelsea’s Champions League run this season looking fairly bleak, there should be real optimism going into next year’s European club competition.
The Blues are still in this campaign’s Champions League, but have the colossus obstacle of trying to overturn a 3-0 aggregate scoreline against German champions Bayern Munich in the last 16.
Frank Lampard’s side do know that they will be in the competition next season, after securing fourth in the Premier League on the final day against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The young group of players at Stamford Bridge are only going to improve moving forward and adding quality signings should send out a statement to the rest of Europe.
Timo Werner’s capture from RB Leipzig was a real marquee addition that has already been completed this summer, plus the additional arrival of Hakim Ziyech could be particular special.
Chelsea new boy Ziyech has serious pedigree in the Champions League and could be a main weapon going into Europe next season.
The 27-year-old attacker has joined from Dutch club Ajaxt this summer in what looks like a bargain £33.3million (Sky Sports) deal on paper.
He is a right-winger that loves to cut infield to his favoured left foot and Blues supporter should be extremely excited to watch him in action.
What really stands out about Ziyech is his Champions League record, with five goals and eight assists in 17 games in the competition.
The Morocco international was part of the Ajax team that reached the semi-final against Tottenham in the 2018/19 season and he’s going to bring a real dynamism on the elite stage to Chelsea.