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Chelsea cruised to the Premier League title last season winning a record 30 games in the process, and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho feels this coming season will be different as Chelsea will be playing three times a week due to Champions League engagement.

Mourinho believes playing in Europe will create a level playing ground for all teams this season. He said: “There is one thing, this season is going be a little more balanced because of the fact the top six are all in European competitions.

“Not like last season, when Chelsea and Liverpool played all season one match per week, with all the others playing in Europeans competitions – especially us, playing in Europa League.

“Next season, six teams, and also Everton, are going to play in Europe and that is going to create a new situation for Chelsea and Liverpool.”

The United boss then added: “I don’t want to say it was ‘key’ because if I say that, I don’t want to take credit from the credit that they (Chelsea) deserve.

“But obviously, to play one match per week and one, two or three days off during the week, have no injuries or no accumulation, the same with Liverpool, I think obviously it helps.

“Now they are going to face a different situation, but with the squad they have and the players they are signing, I think they are going to cope with it.”

Nothing can take Chelsea’s shine off that title last season. After all, the Blues were so underrated and no one tipped us to end as champions.

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