Chelsea won title thanks to Jose Mourinho’s ‘gift’ – pundit
Niall Quinn says Chelsea benefitted from Jose Mourinho's parting "gift" at Stamford Bridge this season
Jose Mourinho left Chelsea a “gift” this season by not qualifying for Europe, according to Niall Quinn.
The Blues ended up in 10th place in the Premier League table and without a trophy last season following Mourinho’s sacking back in December 2015.
That meant that new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte only had domestic affairs to focus on during his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge.
And the Italian coach has had a hugely positive impact at Stamford Bridge, having guided the Blues to the Premier League title in his first campaign in England.
Conte will also be hoping to help Chelsea win the FA Cup when they take on Arsenal at the end of the month.
And former Arsenal man Quinn feels that Mourinho handed the Blues a big parting gift with their failure to qualify for Europe last season.
Quinn told Sky Sports on Saturday: “They had no Champions League football which was a bit of a gift Jose left for them. They capitalised on that.
“They were just repeating the same XI week in, week out in the winter months.
“Man City were making changes all over the place and others were finding it difficult playing in Europe.
“They were the strongest team. Looking back, we kind of knew they weren’t going to falter.”
Chelsea take on Watford in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.