The Premier League was certainly a less colourful place without Jose Mourinho. Like him or loathe him, he gets people talking and certainly isn't afraid to say what he is thinking.
His most recent golden comment relates to Chelsea's title rivals. Mourinho said: "In the beginning of Mr Abramovich coming to Chelsea, Chelsea was buying the title.
"Now, they [rivals] are buying the title. All of them, they are buying the title".
The rivals to Chesea's crown are of course Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United. Spurs will push and Liverpool have also spent heavily, but the first three make up the bookies' favourites to claim the top four.
Manchester United needed to spend money, as did Liverpool. But Manchester City and their financial muscle will certainly be looking to test Chelsea and will spend just for the sake of it. The days of Chelsea being able to outbid everyone have long gone with the owners at City more than capable of matching their millions.
This brings me to Arsenal. A rival that cannot be criticised for spending recklessly to remain in the top four. Arsene Wenger may not be everybody's cup of tea, but the guy can manage. The Arsenal board kept faith and the Frenchman may just be on the verge of another special era with the gunners. He did spend heavily the previous 3 transfer windows spending 96m on several players, but he also recouped a third of that outlaid and compared to the net spending over the last 5 years Arsenal have spent far less than teams around them.
How many times have Chelsea, Liverpool, United and City splashed out big on players and these signings haven't come anywhere near the quality of Sanchez at Arsenal? It's not just about spending heavily, it's about identifying targets that will improve your squad and be successful.
With the comments by Mourinho clearly pointing the finger at Liverpool, Manchester United and City, it may just be the old enemy that bursts out of the blocks un-noticed and catches the 'Special One' by surprise.
Who will win the title this season?
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