Chelsea boss Antonio Conte will use hard work and the transfer window to make sure he avoids getting sacked in the same way Jose Mourinho did in 2015.
After winning the Premier League title in 2014-15, Mourinho endured a torrid start to the next campaign, losing nine of the first 16 matches in 2015-16 and was sacked in December.
Conte, who was speaking to the press ahead of the Blues’ Community Shield clash with Arsenal on Sunday, is keen to doing everything to avoid facing the same fate as Mourinho.
“We all know what happened and for this reason we will avoid having a bad season,” said Conte.
“We must work hard and harder than last season, and to improve each player. We must improve our team via the transfer window. It’s normal to be a bit afraid of having the same bad season.”
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Despite only being considered a friendly, Conte sees the Community Shield as an “important match” and an opportunity to get some silverware in the cabinet early on.
“A friendly game but it’s the first trophy of the season so it’s an important game,” Conte continued.
“Chelsea and Arsenal are not in the best form because we are in the first part of the season. But, for sure, we want to play a really good game.”
Eden Hazard was linked on Friday with a move to Barcelona after Neymar made the switch to PSG, however Conte dismissed the rumours completely.
“We are trying to buy not sell! Eden is happy to stay with us and play for us,” Conte added.