Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says Chelsea's slump last season wasn't solely Jose Mourinho fault. The Portuguese guided Chelsea to their fourth Premier League title and also won the EFL Cup in the 2014-15 season but he was relieved of his duties at Stamford Bridge last December after the Blues won only four of their opening 16 games last term. Antonio Conte, who was named boss during the summer, has rejuvenated the side as title contenders after securing five league wins on the bounce without conceding a single goal.
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"He gave me a chance to play at Chelsea, he's a top manager," the Belgium international told the Daily Mail. "Sometimes it's not only the manager [at fault], but he's the first one that people look at. "You see it everywhere in football, when results are not there then the first guy who has to go is the manager. It's not always the managers; sometimes it's also the players who we have to blame.
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"It is not only about the manager, but obviously the club has to make a decision at one point and they decided to let him go. "We decided to play and finish the season as well as we could but we were 10th. That's obviously very bad for Chelsea."
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