Comparisons in football are easy to make, almost too easy. Players and managers are always being compared to one another and that hasn’t stopped this season.
Chelsea’s fine form during their charge to the Premier League title has seen Antonio Conte draw comparisons to Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Not only for the brilliant football that both teams have played, but also for the defensive stability and resilience of both teams.
Under Conte this season, Chelsea need just 15 points to seal the Premier League title. They currently sit seven points ahead of Tottenham, who are keeping the pressure on the Blues.
We’ve taken a look at some key statistics to see how the two squads compare against each other.
Despite Mourinho’s teams often playing with two strikers, Didier Drogba and Eidur Gudjohnson, Conte’s Chelsea have outscored the Portuguese’s after 31 games.
Mourinho’s Chelsea would go on to win the league and score a total of 72 goals in total. A number that Chelsea will be hoping to beat this year.
Whilst the 2004-05 squad was not as prolific as the current squad, it had one of the sternest defences in Premier League history.
A young John Terry was at the heart of a defence that conceded just 15 goals all season, a record that still stands to this day.
Mourinho’s Chelsea took no time in setting out as they meant to go on. Whereas Conte’s Chelsea have had a few teething problems throughout the season.
Not only that, the Premier League is a much more competitive league compared to what it was back in 2004. Mourinho edges Conte in this one.
Both teams were top of the pile at this stage of the season and Mourinho’s, as we know, went on to lift the trophy.
Conte: Diego Costa (17)
Mourinho: Drogba/Lampard (9)
HIGHEST WINNING MARGIN
Conte: 5-0 vs Everton (H) 5/11/16
Mourinho: 4-0 vs Norwich (H) 18/12/16
Neither team has managed to reach the sort of score lines that supporters saw during the days of Carlo Ancelotti, but Conte edges it with the biggest winning margin.
Chelsea dismantled Everton at Stamford Bridge back in November when Ronald Koeman’s side tried to match the 3-4-3 formation.
It would be fair to say it didn’t work out for Koeman and the Blues pounced on their vulnerability.