CONTE HAS TO FIGHT OFF THE CURSE OF LOSING THE COMMUNITY SHIELD

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The last two times Chelsea lost the Community Shield, the two managers ended up facing the sack, not because they lost the Community Shield but because of the way the season turned out.

After leading Chelsea to the double in 2009/10 season, Carlo Ancelotti faced the sack at the end of the following season. The Italian was sacked after Chelsea ended the following season without a single trophy and a poor Champions League exit. This all started with a poor Community Shield that saw Chelsea lose 3-1 to Manchester United.

The next manager to face the Community Shield curse was Jose Mourinho. By the time Chelsea lost to Arsenal 1-0 in the Community Shield, the damage has already been done. Jose Mourinho’s men started the preseason poorly and it continued to Community Shield and the league proper.

Chelsea eventually suffered that season and Mourinho was sacked.

Not to believe in superstitions, but Chelsea must up their game this season if they must be champions or at least fight for the title.

Chelsea played a good game in the second half, but the first half was quite discouraging as Arsenal were clearly the better side in the first half.

The season starts for Chelsea on Saturday against Burnley, and Chelsea must start with vigour and determination.

Even Antonio Conte has himself admitted that he wants to avoid the mistakes made under Mourinho.

“We know the next season will be tough,” said Conte. “We want to avoid what happened in the previous season for Chelsea, two years ago, when the team finished in 10th place in the Premier League. We want to try to avoid this and I want to try to avoid what happened two seasons ago. Two coaches have been sacked from Chelsea and Leicester after winning the league and I want to avoid this and the players want to avoid the bad season they had with Mourinho.”

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VICTOR N
Chelsea is more than just a football club to me; it's a passion I share, and my affinity with the Chelsea badge is one that will last forever. As far as watching my favourite team is concerned, I'd rather miss a meal than miss a Chelsea game.