The Portuguese manager is returning to Stamford Bridge for his second spell after leaving the club in 2007, and has since won Serie A and La Liga with Inter and Real Madrid respectively, while also lifting the Champions League with the Nerazzurri in 2010.
While both Manchester clubs have since replaced Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini, Mourinho thinks both bosses won in the past two years without being comparable to other elite teams. “The league is probably stronger because more teams can fight for the trophy, but a few years ago the better teams were better,” he told reporters.
“You think Manchester United won the Premier League last year because they were an unbelievable team? I don’t think so. The other contenders didn’t have a very good season. It was the same the year before when City won the title. Were they an extraordinary team? I don’t think so. Others made so many mistakes that City eventually won the competition.”
Despite his belief that no side is good enough to run away with the title, Mourinho has faith that his squad has the right blend of talent and experience to deliver the trophy. “We start with zero points, we go match by match, we have a good squad: some with talent who aren’t end products; some kids who haven’t played a Premier League match yet. But I want to think ‘yes’, that this team step by step will be better, make fewer mistakes, will be more solid.”