Arsenal legend Paul Merson has backed Chelsea to lift the Premier League in the next three or four seasons if they invest wisely.
In Frank Lampard's first season, Chelsea are currently fourth on the log and are in the course of securing Champions League football next season. There is still a significant gap between the top two and the chasing pack but Merson thinks that will close.
"To go and beat Man City was massive," Merson told Sky Sports.
"It was massive because everyone is looking to close the gap. Chelsea have got nice fixtures between now and the end of the season, so I don’t think there’s any way they’re not finishing in the top four."
"I think Chelsea need a left-back, and they might need another center-half, and then they’ll be a major force next season. I don’t think they’ll win the Premier League next season, but the gap won’t be as big. They mean business. The owner has been brilliant, he’s weighed it up and gone: ‘Bang! Here’s your money’."
"He’s looked at the situation and thought, ‘Tottenham are struggling, Pep Guardiola, won’t be at City forever’, and he’s trying to get into the top four, close the gap and challenge when they have their chance."
"With Liverpool putting up records like they have with their players being as good as they are, it’s only a matter of time before the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid come calling.In three or four years, I’d be quite shocked if Chelsea doesn’t win the Premier League."