Conte : Chelsea must avoid “Mourinho season”
Antonio Conte ignited the first managerial feud of the season when he said that Chelsea must avoid "a Mourinho season" as the champions seek to defend their Premier League title.
Conte was referring to Chelsea's implosion under Jose Mourinho during the 2015-16 season when the Portuguese was fired before the halfway point as the team failed to defend its title.
Unlike the last defense, however, major acquisitions have been made for the side that dominated the top flight last season, with more expected to come.
Spain striker Alvaro Morata has been signed from Real Madrid as a direct replacement for Diego Costa, who is set to depart after falling out with Conte.
Tiemoue Bakayoko, who joined from Monaco, is expected to be an upgrade on midfielder Nemanja Matic, who has followed Mourinho to United. Germany defender Antonio Rudiger also joined from Roma.