9 August 2014 01:20
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes the Premier League title is up for grabs in 2014-15, with England’s top flight stronger than ever.
After easily winning back-to-back Premier League trophies in his first spell at Stamford Bridge between 2004 and 2007, Mourinho managed third position upon his return to Chelsea last season.
Chelsea only finished four points adrift of champions Manchester City, while London rivals Arsenal were a further three behind.
The upcoming campaign is expected to go down to the wire once again, with City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham reinforcing their squads as they attempt to challenge for the title.
And Mourinho, who won the league by 12 and eight points respectively in successive seasons, is looking forward to a closely fought competition.
“In England it is even stronger now than in my first period,” Mourinho said in an interview with BT Sport.
“Even more now because when I first came Man City didn’t have this financial situation they have now.
“Even Tottenham at this moment, all the top five or six. In this moment can you tell me who is going to win the Premier League?
“You can’t tell me. You can try to tell me but can you say which one of the top five is going to be outside the Champions League? You can’t say. This is what I want.”
Not to be outdone by their rivals in the transfer market, Chelsea have also been busy, signing Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas, Filipe Luis, and fan favourite Didier Drogba on a free transfer.
David Luiz and Romelu Lukaku were sold, while club icons Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole were not offered new contracts in a major reshuffle heading into 2014-15.
“Last season was important for me and for the players, but I think we did a fantastic job in the transfer market – we went exactly to the targets we want to go,” he said.
Chelsea kick-off their Premier League season at newly promoted Burnley on August 18.