Courtois: People were laughing at Chelsea last season

Courtois: People were laughing at Chelsea last season

Courtois: People were laughing at Chelsea last season

"It will be a big test next year", he said. We had a lot of critics, everybody in the team, a lot of laughter at us.

"West Brom are strong and we have a lot of respect for them".

"He scrapped it and went back to what he knew best".

"Obviously next year there is a new goal, with the Champions League coming for us". Some of the criticism was deserved and some was not. Courtois is adamant that there was no dressing room plot to get Mourinho ousted.

Claudio Ranieri said he is proud to pass the Premier League title onto compatriot Antonio Conte after the Italian guided Chelsea to glory in his first season in England.

Conte saw the potential in Chelsea, but it took time to turn his players into title challengers once more. "That kind of stuff was not true".

Having won the league in 2015, the Blues were humiliated past year as they stumbled to a mid-table finish - failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time under Roman Abramovich's ownership. Everybody was hurt in their pride. It was the key moment for us because every single player found in this system the best for them.

"I don't think that Pep had really the out and out quality of what he wanted to do".

"They're an unbelievable team and you can only see them getting stronger". "We adapted nearly straight away and that's the fantastic thing about our story this season".

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Conte has now won the league title in his last four seasons as a club manager, having lifted the Serie A trophy three years running with Juventus before leaving to manage Italy. You must divide the fault of this, for this reason we started this season to solve problems and to find the right solution to change the situation that was created in the last season.

"Now they know my idea, I know them, the characteristics of my players, and we can improve", he added.

"We have started to do our work".

Conte refused to discuss reports of a disagreement with Costa in public, attributing the striker's absence from the Premier League trip to Leicester to a back injury.

"If I say I'm not thinking about winning the double, I am a liar", Luiz told the club's website.

"Of course we think about this, but we need to think day by day, rest well, keep ourselves very good in these next two games to have a top performance against Arsenal".

Chelsea also have the small matter of an FA Cup Final against Arsenal to look forward to later this month, and Conte has a squad full of players desperate to earn a starting role at Wembley.

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