Chelsea players had poor fitness under Mourinho, Mikel Obi claims

Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi, has said that his team-mates’ poor fitness under Jose Mourinho last season, was also responsible for their pathetic Premier League title defence.

The Blues finished 10th, as Leicester City won their first ever league title.

Russian owner, Roman Abramovich, has appointed Antonio Conte as the new manager at Stamford Bridge and Mikel Obi says the Italian has made the players fitter.

“Yes, I think it played a part last season (not being fit enough). One thing is for sure, the team is a lot fitter this season. A lot of players are going to be much, much fitter and that is only going to help the team,” the Super Eagles captain told Goal.

“[Double sessions] That’s the way he wants to train, that’s his style, that’s his way that he thinks we can win and that he thinks can get Chelsea back to where they belong.

“Obviously, quite a lot was made last year that a lot of the players were not fit, so the club decided to go for someone to make sure we are fit.”

Chelsea, who are currently seventh on the table – five points behind leaders Manchester City, host Leicester this Saturday at lunch time.

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