Eden Hazard has tipped Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United to compete alongside Chelsea for the Premier League title.
The Blues will hope to offer a sterner defence of their crown than in 2015/16, when they finished tenth just 12 months after winning the top flight.
It is expected that this will be one of the closest title races in recent years, with each elite side spending millions to improve their squads.
But Hazard, who is yet to feature this season due to injury, omitted Tottenham when discussing Chelsea’s closest rivals.
“It’s not just one team, I think all of the teams have got really good players: Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Man City, and good managers as well. So we will see,” he told the Daily Mail.
“I think this year will be no different from the previous years, in the sense that every year it is difficult – especially when you play in many competitions. This year we have the Champions League as well and it is not easy to succeed in multiple competitions.
“But we will do our best and we have got depth in our squad so sometimes maybe one or two players can rest so they are 110 per cent for the next competition.
“We just want to win as many trophies as possible, for me personally I haven’t won the Champions League so maybe that one would be a little bit more special, but I would prefer us to win everything.”