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Our title defence last season after winning the Premier League in the 2014/15 season was dismal and Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois admits the mentality of the squad dropped last season following our title winning season.

“People talk about our improvement this season, but you could also ask why we went from being champions by eight points to finishing tenth last season,” Courtois told The Times.

“It’s not just a case of last year we were so s**t, this year we’re so good. We were always a good team, but after winning the championship our mentality dropped. We maybe thought that everything was easy, but in the Premier League there are no easy games. We lacked intensity at the start and it was hard to pull out of it.

“This year we’ve had a new mentality, particularly with the new coach coming in. He’s brought the winning mentality and hunger to win again. He’s very hungry and we can feel that in training, he’s very close on us every single day. There’s no let-up. He’s on to us that we have to win, win, win. After we lost at Arsenal in September the players got together and said, ‘We cannot have a season like last year, we have to change something and work harder.’ Our mentality changed.”

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