Conte Takes A Dig At Mourinho, Questions His Mentality!!
It’s quite incredible to see just how quickly Chelsea have adapted to a previously unfamiliar style of play under the stewardship of Antonio Conte this season.
The Italian has transformed his side into the most dominant force in the Premier League just three months after suffering a harrowing 3-0 defeat to Arsenal in late September.
Some believed he had inherited many of the problems Jose Mourinho faced during his second term as Chelsea boss, but Conte has since proved otherwise in emphatic fashion.
Albeit with the chasing pack yet to play this round, the Blues boast a nine-point lead at the top of the table having strung together an impressive 11-game winning streak in the league.
Their resurrection has largely been credited to Conte switching to his favoured 3-4-3 formation following a period of stuttering performances using a more conventional back four earlier in the campaign.
But while his tactical tweaks have certainly played a part in Chelsea’s resurgence, the former Juventus and Italy boss says an improvement in the mentality of his players has been crucial.
In an apparent dig at Mourinho, he declared, as per The Sun: “I must be honest — you can bring your idea of football but if you don’t have players who follow you, it doesn’t matter.
“I tried a different solution before changing the formation — but I think the most important thing is the mentality, our strong mentality.
“Also hard work during the week. Tactical work, physical work, analysis work, good food.
“We touched different aspects to try to improve. I’m pleased for my players.
“They deserve this because, every day, I see their commitment, their work-rate during the training sessions, their will to do something important this season.
“But we still have two games before the end of the first half of the season, and then 19 games before we finish the season. Anything can happen.
“It’s important we continue to work in this way and see the will to improve.
“I think, starting this season, the manager must be a tailor and try to find the right fit for the team.
“For sure, for me, it wasn’t easy to arrive and understand very quickly the characteristics of my players. I needed a bit of time.”
Apart from N’Golo Kante, David Luiz and Marcos Alonso, Conte is working with an almost identical squad to what Mourinho left behind at Stamford Bridge after he was sacked in December last year.
With that said, there’s no question that whatever the 47-year-old is doing behind the scenes, it’s far more effective than what led the his Manchester United counterpart’s dismissal 12 months ago.
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