With Chelsea welcoming Mourinho to the Bridge for the first time this season, Conte insists the club still wears the scar from last season’s failed title defence.
The blues went from claiming the EPL trophy in 2014-15, to mounting a disastrous title defence that saw them flirt with relegation.
Mourinho was sacked in the process, with Chelsea eventually finishing 10th, something that still haunts Chelsea, according to Conte ahead of Manchester United’s visit on Sunday.
“When there are these types of season – very bad seasons, because we finished 10th in the table – it’s normal that something remains in the players,” said Conte.
“In their minds. In their heads. In this situation, the risk is to lose the confidence. For this reason, I continue to repeat: this new season for Chelsea is very important.
“Also, it’s very difficult because you must change what happened last season, and that’s not easy. The only way we have to change is to work, to work very hard, together with the players, the club and the fans. It won’t be easy to cancel a bad season like last season.”