Neville: Mourinho is jealous of Conte’s Chelsea revolution

      

Neville: Mourinho is jealous of Conte’s Chelsea revolution

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Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville believes Mourinho’s jibe at Chelsea being a ‘very defensive’ side is motivated by jealousy of how well they have done in comparison to when he was their manager.

Mourinho has been known to resort to mind games with direct rivals before and this is an indication that he feels confident his team can catch up on Chelsea. Neville, however, believes history is at play here.

“He’s probably envious,” Neville told Sky Sports, “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.”

Mourinho got the sack at Chelsea in 2015 after his team flirted with the relegation zone following an abysmal start of the season. Paradoxically, Mourinho’s comments strangely remind of a ‘defensive’ side of his that won his first Premier League title in 2005.

“When I’ve watched [Chelsea] this season,” Neville continued, “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.”

United are on a 17-game undefeated run and have not conceded a goal in three matches, but still find themselves trailing by 12 points to the Blues.

 

 

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Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 23 50 62
2 Manchester United FC 23 32 50
3 Liverpool FC 23 26 47
4 Chelsea FC 23 25 47
5 Tottenham Hotspur FC 23 25 44
6 Arsenal FC 23 11 39
7 Burnley FC 23 -1 34
8 Leicester City FC 23 2 31
9 Everton FC 23 -13 27
10 Watford FC 23 -9 26
11 West Ham United FC 23 -12 25
12 Crystal Palace FC 23 -12 25
13 AFC Bournemouth 23 -11 24
14 Huddersfield Town 23 -20 24
15 Newcastle United FC 23 -10 23
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 23 -12 23
17 Southampton FC 23 -11 21
18 Stoke City FC 23 -27 20
19 West Bromwich Albion FC 23 -12 19
20 Swansea City FC 23 -21 17