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Ahead of Manchester United’s visit to Stamford Bridge this afternoon, Antonio Conte has made a strange claim about the success of his team last season.
Jose Mourinho won the league with Chelsea in his last full season with the club, before being sacked a few months in the following season. It’s worth noting that Chelsea have sacked all of their Premier League winning managers within a year of lifting the trophy, other than Mourinho during his first stint at the club.
When he was sacked on the second occasion, Chelsea went on to finish 10th in the league, and Conte has claimed it’s a miracle they went on to win the title.
Last season was a miracle. It was a miracle, because we had the same players that the season before finished 10th. OK our transfer market was with Michy Batshuayi, David Luiz, N’Golo Kante and Marcos Alonso.
Conte spent £120m on players in his first season at the club, which included player of the year N’Golo Kante, yet he believes it’s a miracle that Chelsea won the league.
In total, Chelsea had added £190m worth of talent to the team that won the league in 2015 to win it again in 2017. While there’s no doubt that Conte was able to win over the players that turned their back on Mourinho, who had just guided them to the title, it’s stretching the truth to call this a miracle. He had a team full of champions and Chelsea had added a small fortune’s worth of players to the mix.
Presumably this was intended as a not so subtle dig at Mourinho. It doesn’t hold much weight.
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