Some months ago, Sir Alex Ferguson didn’t see Chelsea making it into the top five, not to talk of winning the title. But Antonio Conte’s men defied all odds to overcome a shambolic last season and become champions.
After Chelsea defeated Manchester United 4-0 at Stamford Bridge in October, Ferguson made a controversial claim when he suggested Chelsea wouldn’t win the league; Chelsea didn’t even make his top five teams at the time.
“It’s harder to predict than it was for many years,” Ferguson said.
“I think there are five potential candidates: Manchester City as favourites, Tottenham and Liverpool, but also Man United are still there if we get some consistency soon.
“Even when you are trailing by six, eight points, it’s still possible to catch one or two teams.
“The rivalry and the experience of [Pep] Guardiola and [Jose] Mourinho makes for an exciting competition, and you shouldn’t forget Arsenal.”
Conte who wasn’t in the top five list led his team to the title, and finally Alex Ferguson has some words of praise for the Italian.
Ferguson in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports at an event for the League Managers’ Association, said about Conte: “Fantastic, you see his energy on the pitch. There’s a true saying that the team mirrors the manager, and that’s what they’ve done with him. His team have stayed top of the league for so long. They lost to Arsenal and Liverpool early on, but since then they’ve been up.”