Incoming head coach Antonio Conte will be expected to inspire a title challenge from Chelsea next season, according to Guus Hiddink.
Hiddink was appointed in December after Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea plummeted from title winners in 2015-16 to candidates for relegation prior to Christmas.
The Dutchman, in his second caretaker spell at Stamford Bridge, restored stability, but he still has just one home win in the Premier League ahead of Monday’s match with title-chasing Tottenham.
Conte has been appointed as Mourinho’s permanent successor and must secure an immediate about turn in fortunes, according to Hiddink.
“The pressure is on. We have to see Chelsea next year again fighting for the title and being on top,” Hiddink said.
“There are many teams fighting for the title. Five, six clubs must always express their desire for the title, including Chelsea.”
Meanwhile, Hiddink reckons the influx of the TV revenue at the start of a bumper broadcast contract will make the Premier League more competitive, with it possible Leicester’s current title challenge will be repeated.
“The established teams, clubs will desperately react, but with the means all the clubs are getting now, they can be more competitive than just a one day or one season happening,” he added.