Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is not expecting to see Chelsea come on leaps and bounds this coming season.
The Blues pushed The Red Devils all the way for the Premier League title last season with the trophy only decided on a dramatic final day of the campaign.
However, with many of Chelsea's stars into their 30s, Ferguson fails to see how Luiz Felipe Scolari's side will be able to offer much more than they did last time around.
"They are an experienced side," said Ferguson. "I'm not saying necessarily that they're old because with the modern-day training methods, you should be playing in your 30s.

Lack of progress

"What I'm saying is that I don't see outstanding progress coming from a team that's in their 30s."
Ferguson has even laid down the gauntlet for Scolari, by saying it will be hard for the former Brazil coach to emulate the record of his immediate predecessors.
"I'm not concerned about Chelsea," he continued. "Avram Grant did a good job and Mourinho won the title two years in a row and beat us in the FA Cup final.
"So there's no-one who can improve on (Jose) Mourinho's record really."