Mourinho warns Conte not to use Matic sale as an excuse for failure

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The Portuguese still believes that Antonio Conte's side have a strong claim to becoming English champions again in May than his own side

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has dismissed the suggestion that Chelsea’s early-season problems have been caused by losing Nemanja Matic.

The Serbia international made a shock switch to the Old Trafford club for £40 million in pre-season but while he has started life under the Portuguese impressively, Mourinho does not think that Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte should feel his loss too much.

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“When people say, for example, Chelsea lost an important midfield player, if you lose one but you buy Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater, for example, what’s the problem?” he said.

“‘The problem is when you sell and you don’t buy. When you sell and you keep buying, what’s the problem? You are probably even stronger, so I think every top team in the Premier League is potentially strong enough with the financial situation to be fighting for everything.”

Chelsea became just the second Premier League champions in 25 years to lose their opening match of the season as they went down 3-2 at home to Burnley last weekend. Conte’s men also suffered defeat on penalties to Arsenal in the Community Shield.

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