Chelsea coach Antonio Conte is insistent that the Blues will not suffer another “Mourinho season” and slump again after winning the Premier League.
The current Premier League champions, then under the management of Jose Mourinho, had also won the 2014-15 title. However, Chelsea seemed to capitulate soon after and slumped in the subsequent season, picking up just 11 points from their first 12 league games.
Mourinho was then quickly dismissed as coach while Chelsea slumps close to the relegation zone, before interim coach Guus Hiddink took over to lead the London club to a mid-table finish.
Conte, who is currently with his team in Singapore where Chelsea had just lost a 2-1 friendly to Internazionale, is insistent and wary of not letting the current Blues squad face the same fate.
“We know the difficulty of the next season and for sure we want to avoid the Mourinho season with Chelsea. Two years ago the team ended the league in 10th place and we want to try to avoid this.”
Mourinho responded to the Italian’s comments later by saying that “I’m not going to lose my hair to speak about Antonio Conte.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea returns to England after straight pre-season defeats – with a 3-2 loss to Bayern Munich in another fixture — with Conte pointing his finger at fatigue after a training month and playing in hot conditions.
“We played against two strong teams in Bayern Munich and Inter in a period that is very important as we are working very hard,” he said. “To play three games with the same players means you finish and are tired. We are tired, very tired.”