Returning Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has spoken of his love and admiration for English football ahead of the new Premier League campaign.
Portuguese Mourinho, the self-proclaimed 'Special One', is embarking upon his second stint in charge at Stamford Bridge following six years away from West London.
During his exile, the 50-year-old managed in Serie A with Inter Milan and in La Liga with Spanish giants Real Madrid. Yet, despite his experiences throughout a variety European leagues, Mourinho insists that nothing he has seen quite compares to English football.
"I think of myself as somebody who should be in this competition because it's my favourite one and I can say that as I have experience in three other countries, so I'm in a good condition to say that it's my favourite competition and my favourite country to work," he said in a press conference on Friday.
"So when I have this passion for this football country I think I am in my natural habitat and I want to be seen as somebody who is very much connected.
"I feel I have to work for my club, for Chelsea Football Club, but at the same time I'm working for English football and I want to give my best. I think now I'm better than ever because experience helps us to be better, especially managers."
Chelsea get their 2013/14 season underway on Sunday with a home clash against newly-promoted Hull City - an occasion that is sure to be hugely emotional for Mourinho as he re-acquaints himself with the club's supporters.
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