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Jose Mourinho: Winning Premier League will be tough

Mourinho expects to win the title in his second season (©GettyImages)
Mourinho expects to win the title in his second season (©GettyImages).

New Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has asked for patience from the club's fans as he tells them the Premier League title might not be won straight away.

The Portuguese manager has finally returned to Stamford Bridge for his second stint as manager after it was reported and rumoured for months that the Special One could be returning.

After spells in Italy with Inter Milan and in Spain with Real Madrid, Mourinho has finally returned to the club 'he felt loved' at and the club he guided to two Premier League titles.

Despite everyone having high hopes for Mourinho on his return to Chelsea and England, the man himself insists that it isn't about winning the title straight away in his first season back, but it is about being a threat and also looking to the future.

In his official press conference held on Monday morning, Mourinho revealed that he believes the Premier League is a lot tougher now than what it was back when he was first the boss at Stamford Bridge and he believes winning the league now is a lot harder.

The Portuguese manager believes the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool will all be title contenders next year as well as the two Manchester clubs who have ran away with the league in the last two seasons.

When asked about his targets for the 2013/14 season, Mourinho insisted that his main goal is to be challenging for the title come the end of the season and also be confident that the team is going in the right direction.

"I don't need anybody to push me to have that ambition, I have enough motivation and desire to do it myself," said Mourinho. "We don't do it (win the Premier League next season), but (if we) show an evolution in the season, show we are moving in the right direction, (then) I think we will be champions in the second season and it is not a drama.

"It has to be analysed in the proper way, part of a process of formation, that 75 per cent of the guys will be better next season.

"When you have this profile, you can't think the best will come next year. It has to come in two, three, four, five, six years' time. We are speaking about boys with 10 years to play football."

Mourinho then went on to talk about the competition he will face in next year's Premier League campaign and picked out a few teams who could be a rival.

"It is different (now). In terms of quality, I don't think it's better, to be fair, but in terms of competitiveness, it is harder. In our (last) time, there were three teams," he added. "Who is first, who is second, who is third? But everyone knew it would be between us, United and Arsenal.

"In this moment, (Manchester) City have appeared with this fantastic economical power that helps them to go up so fast as they did.

"Tottenham had a very good period with Harry (Redknapp), reaching the fourth spot, playing Champions League, going up and up and up. Andre (Villas-Boas), last year, did a good job by keeping the team at that level and I think they have conditions to fight for the Premier League (title), not just a Champions League spot.

"And Liverpool, I know Brendan (Rodgers) and I know he can do it. I don't speak so much with him now on the phone. Last year I did, as friends, and I know his ideas, his project, and Liverpool will go up too."

 

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