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Jose Mourinho backs Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri to succeed this season

Mind games?

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has backed the new manager of former club Chelsea Maurizio Sarri to succeed in the Premier League.

There is no doubt that there is no one better that Jose Mourinho at mind games just before a season starts.

He was credited with getting into Antonio Conte’s head last season and causing Chelsea’s season, at least in the league, to tail off.

That lead to his sacking but now Mourinho is talking about Conte’s successor and it’s hard to work out if it’s mind games or genuinely praising him and Chelsea.

Chelsea v Manchester United - The Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 13: Fourth official Mike Jones intervenes as Jose Mourinho manager of Manchester United and Antonio Conte manager of Chelsea clash during The Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on March 13, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

‘He has conditions to do good work’

Speaking about his former club to beIN Sports, as cited by the Daily Mirror, Mourinho explined how he had not come across Sarri before now.

Though, he cearly knew of his quality during his time at Napoli and has backed him to succeed at Chelsea.

“I don’t know him,” he explained.

“When I was in Italy from 2008-10, he was not in Serie A. I never met him or played against him.

“I just follow football and, lately, the good work he did with Napoli. In England, all the good managers have the desire to come.

“It’s a crazy competition with a high level. I think every manager has the dream to come, so he had the chance to come.

“He has a fantastic team, fantastic players and squad — I think he has conditions to do good work.”

Whether this is peak Mourinho and his mind games we will never know.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JULY 23: Maurizio Sarri, coach of Chelsea looks on prior to the international friendly between Chelsea FC and Perth Glory at Optus Stadium on July 23, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits he is ‘not happy’ with Willian situation

While Mourinho is positive from the outside looking in, Sarri is not very happy at the moment.

That is because he has grown unhappy with the situation of forward Willian.

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