Antonio Conte makes claim about Chelsea under Jose Mourinho

Antonio Conte discusses the big changes he has made at Chelsea so far this season...

Antonio Conte has claimed that Chelsea were like an “ugly duckling” under Jose Mourinho and that they have now transformed into a “swan”.

The Blues endured a difficult season to forget last term as they struggled to find consistent form in the Premier League and ended up in 10th place in the table.

Their staggering demise led to Mourinho’s sacking in December 2015, just months after the Portuguese coach had led the west London club to a Premier League and League Cup double.

Conte was appointed as Chelsea’s new permanent manager last summer and the Italian coach has had an instant impact at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues are flying high at the top of the Premier League table and are the heavy favourites to win the title this season.

And Conte has explained his take on how Chelsea’s fortunes have reversed under his tenure so far this season.

Speaking in an interview with Sky Italia, Conte said: “Looking at last season, when Chelsea had practically the same players, you cannot immediately transform from ugly ducking into a swan.

“At the end of the day we found our balance. The blind faith in my ideas helped. I made some strong choices.”

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