Chelsea won the title last season in Antonio’s Conte’s debut campaign (Picture: Getty)

Antonio Conte admits Chelsea’s fortune with injuries played a major past in last season’s title success.

The Italian masterminded a sensational campaign which saw Chelsea recover from the previous season’s woes to finish seven points clear of nearest challengers Tottenham.

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A lack of European football meant the former Juventus boss wasn’t required to rotate his squad to the extent of his rivals, primarily Jose Mourinho whose side won the Europa League after a grueling campaign.

None of Chelsea’s key players, including the likes of Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante and Diego Costa, suffered serious injuries last term and Conte accepts he might not be as fortunate this time around.

‘I think we were lucky (with injuries last season) and, also, very good,’ the Italian said. ‘There are two different injuries. When there is a traumatic injury, you can do nothing.

Antonio Conte has bolstered his squad with the signing of Tiemoue Bakayoko (Picture: Getty)

TRANSFERS IN
Willy Caballero (free, from Manchester City), Antonio Rudiger (£34m, from Roma), Tiemoue Bakayoko (£40m, from Monaco), Alvaro Morata (£60m, from Real Madrid)

TRANSFERS OUT
Juan Cuadrado (£17m, to Juventus), Christian Atsu (£6.2m, to Newcastle), Dominic Solanke (Compensation, to Liverpool), Asmir Begovic (£10m, to Bournemouth), Alex Kiwomya (free, to Doncaster), Bertrand Traore (£8.8m, to Lyon), Nathan Ake (£20m, to Bournemouth), John Terry (free, to Aston Villa), Tammy Abraham (loan, to Swansea), Alex Davey (released), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (loan, to Crystal Palace), Nathaniel Chalobah (£5m, to Watford)

‘The other injuries are muscular problems and in this way, you must be very good with your work to avoid them. In this case, my staff was very good to avoid this type of injuries.’

Chelsea face Arsenal on Sunday in the Community Shield, a repeat of May’s FA Cup final which Arsenal won 2-1 thanks to a late Aaron Ramsey header.

‘Last year, Chelsea did not play in the European Cup and certainly they were a bit more consistent (in the Premier League),’ said Arsene Wenger.

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‘We made 75 points last season, which was four more than the year before, when we finished second in the league.

‘So it looks like Chelsea has taken advantage of the fact that all the other teams were less consistent.’

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