Netizen 24 RUS: 'Stronger' Chelsea are still title favourites, claims Mourinho

'Stronger' Chelsea are still title favourites, claims Mourinho 22:13 Getty Images The Special One dismissed cla...

'Stronger' Chelsea are still title favourites, claims Mourinho

Jose Mourinho Manchester United Getty Images The Special One dismissed claims from Stamford Bridge that they would not repeat last year's title win, and denies the loss of Matic will hurt them

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that not only are Chelsea favourites to retain their Premier League title, but that the Blues are even stronger than last season.

Antonio Conte has endured a difficult post-season at Stamford Bridge, seeing Nemanja Matic leave for United while his own transfer targets such as Romelu Lukaku have gone elsewhere.

A spate of injuries has moreover left Chelsea down to the bare bones, lead ing Conte himself to admit retaining the league would be a tough ask.

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Mourinho dismissed suggestions the Blues were weaker, however, and stated they should be the team to beat in 2017-18.

“When people say, for example, Chelsea lost an important midfield player, if you lose one but you buy Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater, for example, what’s the problem?" the manager said in Friday's press conference, when asked about Chelsea losing Matic.

“The problem is when you sell and you don’t buy. When you sell and you keep buying, what’s the problem?

Jose Mourinho Antonio Conte

“You’re probably even stronger [than last season], so I think every top team in the Premier League is strong enough, is potentially strong enough, with the financial situation to be fighting for everything.

“And when everybody is also in Europe â€" five in the Champions League and then two in the Europa League, you have the top seven teams playing for everything and all of them are strong."

The Special One went to note that he always backed the reigning holder to repeat their achievement, and that Chelsea should be no different.

“For me, the favourite is the champion â€" always. It is for some reason they were the champions," he said.

“It doesn’t mean you’re going to win it. I just think it’s the stamp you have when you’re champions â€" that the next season you’re the favourite.”

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Mou rinho and United take on Swansea on the second weekend of the Premier League this Saturday, while Chelsea travel to White Hart Lane to meet Tottenham the following day.

Source: Google News

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