9 September 2017
Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, Friday aimed a less-than-subtle dig at Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, claiming that the Italian’s Premier League champions ‘did not play attacking football.’
Following his arrival at Stamford Bridge last summer, former Juventus manager, Antonio Conte, endured a tough adjustment period to English football, as he struggled to decide on his best formation based on the players at his disposal.
A string of disappointing results to start the 2016/17 campaign eventually culminated in a 3 – 0 drubbing at the hands of capital rivals Arsenal, leaving the 48-year-old with little choice but to start over from scratch.
Conte decided on reverting to his tried and tested formation of 3-5-2, a setup which had proven highly successful on the domestic front during his time with Juventus.
It was from here that Chelsea’s season truly took off, with the Blues looking a class above the rest of the English top flight’s elite for the remainder of the campaign, both in a physical and tactical sense.
However, one man who was seemingly unimpressed by the style of football introduced by Conte at Stamford Bridge is Manchester United manager and former Blues hero Jose Mourinho, who had the following to say ahead of his side’s clash with Stoke City this evening:
“We try to play the best we can. We know that if you look in a pragmatic way, you see the last winners of the Premier League, they did not play attacking football. They played defensive football and counter-attack football.
“So according to the results, that is the way to win the Premier League.”