ANTONIO CONTE has banned the R word.
Not relegation, which once threatened Jose Mourinho’s title winners.
Instead it is the word RELAX that Conte does not want to hear from his stars.
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The Chelsea boss is desperate his players avoid the mistakes of last season — when the Blues followed their 2015 title with a terrible campaign.
They were accused of basking in glory too much as they risked the drop before limping to a tenth-place finish.
And while Conte wants his team to party tonight after they lift the Premier League trophy following their home game against Sunderland, he warned they should not relax.
He insists it is vital for them to focus on next Saturday’s FA Cup final against Arsenal before enjoying the summer and then returning to the hard graft in August.
The Italian said: “I hate this word ‘relax’. I prefer to use ‘enjoy’ instead. Enjoy your achievement.
“We had a path, a very difficult path, this season so it’s important to enjoy the win with the players, the club and the fans.
“We worked very hard. But relax? No. I don’t like this. I want people who stay, every day, concentrated and preparing for a new win.”
And Conte warned his Chelsea stars: Only losers look back.
The Blues boss — who said at the start of his debut season he wanted to light an inferno at the club — insisted: “We started to light the fire. This is very important.
“If you want to have a good season, you must have always this fire in your soul, in your heart, in your head. We’ve just started this.
“It’s normal that we must keep the fire burning because we must have a winning mentality.
“It’s not easy because, above all in England, there are many teams who want the same things.
“Yet we must continue to work very hard, maybe stronger, to try to repeat a good season.
“If there is someone that is happy to see his past, then he’s not a winner. He’s a loser.
“The past is beautiful if you won in your past. But in the present and the future, it’s not important if you’re a winner.”
But Conte knows his players need to rest and clear their minds ahead of next season, which will be even harder as they juggle Champions League football with a title defence.
He said: “After the final of the FA Cup we have one day together and then it’s right for my players to rest, and also for me and my staff.
“We must be ready to be stronger to try and repeat our success.”
Club captain John Terry is set to play his last Chelsea game today — but Conte knows there are others who might be, too.
Diego Costa has been linked with a move to China, while Real Madrid are chasing Eden Hazard.
“When asked if any others will be following JT out of the exit door, Conte said: “It’s very difficult to answer this question because it’s important to be focused on finishing the league.
“Then, together with the club, we have to take the best decision for next season.”
Terry is expected to start.
Conte said: “I have to think about two situations — to prepare the team for the FA Cup final and then to give John the right send-off.”
CHELSEA (likely): Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso, Pedro, Costa, Hazard.