Jose Mourinho has been involved in a fair share of spats during his managerial career. One doesn't have to cast his thoughts too far back to remember when the Special One famously labelled Arsene Wenger a “specialist in failure”.
With this in mind, it should not come as a surprise that Mourinho has kicked off preparation for the new season by aiming his latest swipe, this time not at one, but multiple clubs.
Busy transfer market
It's been well documented that the top clubs in England have all brought in new, expensive signings to replenish and refresh for next season.
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Mourinho has labelled this rapid transfer activity an attempt to “buy the title”. Here's what he had to say, as per ESPN:
"In the beginning of Mr Abramovich coming to Chelsea, Chelsea was buying the title. Now, they are buying the title. All of them, they are buying the title," he snapped.
"It is up to us to be strong and to fight them and, obviously, to try and win it again, even without the big investments."
This statement comes as a relative surprise given Chelsea’s activity in last summer’s transfer window.
The Blues purchased Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas, and Nemanja Matic last year - the latter arriving in January. This trio effectively won the title for Chelsea with their excellent performances, making Mourinho’s statement seem utterly hypocritical.
Other clubs have been active
That said, it is true that Chelsea have yet to strengthen as extensively as their rivals in this transfer window. Manchester United have signed not one but two midfielders in the form of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin.
This, added to the coup of 26-goal Memphis Depay and Italy international Matteo Darmian, significantly bolsters their squad.
Elsewhere, Manchester City acquired the services of Raheem Sterling for £49million, while Liverpool have signed both Roberto Firmino and striker Christian Benteke.
With England’s finest stocking up, expect an attempted assault on Mourinho and Chelsea’s Premier League crown, regardless of who’s paying for it.
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