Gary Neville: Jose Mourinho is jealous of Chelsea

Jose Mourinho is jealous of Chelsea's success this season, says Gary Neville

Jose Mourinho is envious of Antonio Conte’s success at Chelsea this season, according to Gary Neville.

The Blues have been the Premier League’s most consistent side this season and have earned plenty of praise for their dramatic transformation under their new manager.

Their upturn in fortunes this season have been in stark contrast to their struggles last term, when they ended up 10th in the table and without a trophy following Mourinho’s sacking.

Mourinho recently aimed a thinly-veiled dig at the Blues by branding them as a “defensive” team earlier this month.

However, former Manchester United defender Neville feels that his comments show that Mourinho is somewhat jealous of his former employers and their success under Conte this season.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Neville said: “He’s probably envious, probably saying it as a compliment, because when I watch Chelsea they look balanced to me, the right mix of what you would like.

“I’ve never watched Chelsea this season and thought they were really boring, I’ve seen them go away to City and be absolutely outstanding, I’ve seen them be resilient when they needed to be, I’ve seen them play great football.

“When I’ve watched them this season, they have a look of a team that’s got the right balance, and if Jose Mourinho is saying that, maybe he is being a little bit mischievous, but he’ll be thinking that is the balance of a champion team.

“Jose will be searching for that balance, understanding that at United you need to be a little bit more expansive in the way in which he plays.”

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Manchester United are currently in sixth place in the Premier League table and 12 points behind the Blues as they bid to try and finish in the top four this season.

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