Niall Quinn: Man United boss Jose Mourinho gave Chelsea a huge gift this season

Niall Quinn says Chelsea are reaping the rewards of not having to play any European football this season

Niall Quinn has claimed that Chelsea are reaping the rewards of not having to play any European football this season.

The Blues have been in strong form in the Premier League in recent weeks following Antonio Conte’s appointment as the club’s new manager over the summer.

Chelsea do not have the distraction of European football this season after their disastrous 10th-placed finish in the Premier League last season.

Mourinho was sacked as Blues boss back in December of last year with his team languishing close to the relegation zone than the top of the table.

The Portuguese coach has since taken over as Manchester United’s new manager.

But will Chelsea enjoying such a strong start to the season, Quinn has claimed that the Blues are reaping the rewards of Mourinho’s parting “gift”.

Speaking in an interview with The Daily Express, Quinn said: “It may turn out that one of the best parting gifts Jose gave this Chelsea team was no European football.

“It may just play into their hands and prevent the injuries and fatigue that come with being involved in the Champions League.

“City have the squad to deal with a championship run-in better, but the lack of European football for Chelsea might balance that out.”

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Manchester United finished fifth and won the FA Cup under Louis van Gaal last season before Mourinho’s appointment in the summer.

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