That's according to the blues legend Dennis Wise.
The West London team suffered a disappointing final campaign under Antonio Conte last year, finishing fifth in the table and not qualifying for the Champions League.
New boss Maurizio Sarri was recruited as a replacement for Conte and after suffering a defeat at Community Shield last weekend, he oversaw a comfortable 3-0 win against Huddersfield in his debut in the Premier League yesterday.
The Italian has had the task of returning to Chelsea between the contenders to the title of the league and strengthened well during the summer, bringing Jorginho, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Mateo Kovacic and Rob Green.
"When you do not have that expectation about you, I think it's good."
Legend of Chelsea Dennis Wise
While City and Liverpool are the favorites to finish at the top of the pile, Chelsea will have many chances to adapt to a new style of play under Sarri.
And Wise is adamant that low expectations at Stamford Bridge could play in favor of his previous team.
"I really want to see what it's going to be like," he told Starsport exclusively.
"And I think the good thing about this is that you look at Man City and look at Liverpool.
"Liverpool has spent so much money and the way Man City dominated it last year, expectations fall on them a bit more.
"So, when you do not have that expectation about you, I think it's good because it happened in Antonio's first season when Chelsea fell through the league and did not do too well.
"And then, all of a sudden, when people did not expect Chelsea to do much, they ended up winning the league."
"So I hope this also takes that little route."
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"People have been saying that not qualifying for the Champions League is not good because you want to compete at the highest level, but I think you can help them if I am totally honest.
"There are more opportunities for us to keep crawling and getting to the front, only time will tell."
Chelsea will return to action in the Premier League next Saturday when they host Arsenal.
Dennis Wise was speaking at the McDonald's FAITH McDonald's Grassroots Football Awards in 2018, celebrating grassroots heroes across England.
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