“For me, the favourite is the champion — always. It is for some reason they were the champions,” he told a news conference.
“It doesn’t mean you’re going to win it. I just think it’s the stamp you have when you’re champions — that the next season you’re the favourite.”
“When people say, for example, Chelsea lost an important midfield player, if you lose one but you buy Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater, for example, what’s the problem?” the manager noted, when asked if losing Matic will make Chelsea less competitive.
Nemanja Matic moved to Manchester United in July.