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Ancelotti doubts Chelsea title chances

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Bayern boss admits it will be difficult for the Blues to challenge for the Premier League after their failed title defence last campaign

Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti admits he can’t see his former club Chelsea winning the Premier League title this season.

The Italian, who managed the Blues between 2009 and 2011, won an FA Cup and league double with the west London club in 2010, but doubts Antonio Conte can guide his side to the title in his first season in charge.

Ancelotti admits it’s a bit far stretched for Roman Abramovich to expect Conte to seriously challenge for the title this season, considering last season’s calamitous title defence which saw Jose Mourinho sacked before Christmas.

“I think it depends what is the goal of the club,” said Ancelotti.

“If the goal of the club is to win the Premier League, it will be difficult.

“But if the goal of the club is to build a new group, to build a new idea of football, to build a new strategy, I think that Conte has a lot of opportunity to do well at this club.”

The Blues’ good start to the season has slowed in recent weeks, with defeat to their rivals at the top end of the table, Liverpool and Arsenal.

However, Conte managed to keep striker Diego Costa during the summer and looks set to be backed by Abramovich with significant transfer funds during the January transfer window, to ensure the Blues earn a Champions League place.

Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, hoping to get Manchester United back to winning ways, having drew against bitter rivals Liverpool on Monday night.

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