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Arsene Wenger has congratulated Chelsea on their Premier League title win but was quick to warn them they might not find it so easy next season.
The Blues have romped to the title with two games to spare but there’s a sense they’ve been assisted by a lack of European football at Stamford Bridge this season.
It’s given Antonio Conte more time to prepare his team and the players longer to rest between matches.
However, as they look to defend their title next season they will do so while juggling it with a Champions League campaign. Wenger was keen to point that out.
‘Chelsea have done well. Congratulations to them,’ said the Arsenal manager.
‘But in the last two seasons, a team that hasn’t played in Europe has won the league.
‘It will be a different season because they will have to play Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday due to Champions League matches.’
Wenger went on to suggest that major clubs in other countries find it easier to compete in Europe due to less demanding leagues.
‘I feel in Spain, Real Madrid can win games by playing some at a lower percentage of the maximum than you can in England. Maybe they are, as well, better than us.
‘Bayern is similar – they dominate the German championship in a very easy way.’
Arsenal look likely to be playing in the Europa League next season unless Man City or Liverpool drop points in their finals games.