The Premier League title race is as wide-open as ever - that's the verdict of new Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
The two-time Champions League winner believes Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and of course Chelsea, are all in with a shout of being crowned 2013/14 champions.
In an interview with Sky Sports, the self-proclaimed 'Special One' said: "At this moment we cannot speak about two sides, we have to speak about six sides.
"This is a very difficult league and any one of the six sides can lose points."
Although Arsenal are yet to spend this summer, Arsene Wenger's side are always there or thereabouts in the race for the title, and despite their opening day defeat at home to Aston Villa, the north London outfit have recovered from worse positions to go on and secure a top four finish.
Liverpool have made a handful of astute acquisitions this summer; Brendan Rodgers has moved to sign Iago Aspas, Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure but to name a few, though their pursuit of Willian has seemingly come to nothing, with the Samba star favouring a move to Tottenham instead.
Should he complete the switch to north London as expected, Willian would join the Andre Villas-Boas revolution, with Spurs having already completed deals for Paulinho, Nacer Chadli and Roberto Soldado. With Erik Lamela the next high-profile player set for White Hart Lane, it would be foolish to rule Tottenham out of the Premier League title race, despite their shortcomings in years gone by.
The Manchester duo are the two favourites for the title however, and with City boss Manuel Pellegrini spending big to strengthen his squad, the blue half of Manchester are arguably the front-runners at this early stage of the season.
And as for Mourinho's Chelsea, the return of the 'Happy One' is bound to lift spirits at Stamford Bridge, whilst the arrival of Marco van Ginkel, Andre Schurrle and the return of Romelu Lukaku gives the Blues a new look and fresh impetus.
All six teams in the race for the title have undergone significant change this summer, be it with the addition of new arrivals or through managerial changes. And Mourinho believes these changes have ensured the Premier League will be tighter than ever this year.
"I don't know in this league whether to draw is to lose two points or to gain one, because it's a difficult league with difficult opponents," said Mourinho.
"This weekend, out of the six, five managed to get the three points but, maybe, in the second fixture, there will be another team which cannot win.
"I think we are speaking about six contenders, all good teams, and let's see if any one of the six is good enough to make a real difference and to disappear and to go on to be dominant, or if there will be great balance between the sides until the end."
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