Chelsea ended the season on a high with a 2-1 win at Cardiff City on Sunday, but with Liverpool also winning, Jose Mourinho's men had to settle for third place despite being title favourites for some time. They fell behind in South Wales to a Craig Bellamy goal, but strikes from Andre Schurrle and Fernando Torres turned the game around to hand the Blues a win on the final day of the campaign.
The win over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men did little to hide the disappointment of losing out on the title, and Schurrle, who got Chelsea's come back started with the equaliser 20 minutes from time, believes that the club will be back even stronger next season as Mourinho looks to improve his squad this summer.
"It was very important to finish well. We can go into the summer break with a win for the fans. We wanted to win the Premier League and we wanted to win the Champions League. We were almost a winner but this is nothing and I'm sure we'll come back very strong next season," said Schurrle.
Schurrle's goal against Cardiff was his eighth in his first Premier League season since joining last summer from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, and whilst he has only made 15 starts for Chelsea this season, he has flashed his ability on a number of occasions, and the German international says he expects to be even better next season.
"I think my first season was quite okay. I had a few problems to adapt to the league but I think it's normal if you come as a young player from another country. I think I can come back even stronger and better next season," he said.
With the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian, Oscar and Mohamed Salah playing as attacking midfielders, there is certainly competition for places in the Chelsea side, and Schurrle will need to continue improving if he is to get regular playing time at Stamford Bridge.