Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel believes this season will be the toughest the club will have to win a trophy.
Although Carlo Ancelotti led the Blues to a league and cup double in his first term at Stamford Bridge, last season's trophyless campaign saw the Italian leave his post.
Portuguese tactician Andre Villas-Boas is now at the helm, but with the likes of Manchester United and City both spending, Mikel is not expecting an easy fight.
"It will be tough to win a trophy this year, I think this will be the toughest season Chelsea will have," he told the Evening Standard.
"Everywhere teams are spending money or getting better. But Chelsea are tough, too.
"We know we need to improve but the most important thing is that we know we can improve. We should not be afraid."