Mourinho: Liverpool & Tottenham can challenge for the title next term
Jose Mourinho believes Liverpool and Tottenham should be considered among six teams capable of winning the title next season
Jose Mourinho believes Liverpool and Tottenham should be considered among six teams who have a realistic chance of winning the 2013-14 Premier League title.
The Chelsea boss, who returned to Stamford Bridge on a four-year contract earlier this summer, feels that neither Spurs nor the Reds can be ruled out of the title race – and expects them to be competing with last season’s top four.
The 50-year-old believes that both Tottenham and Liverpool will experience the benefits of having their coaches in charge for a second campaign – although he expects the title contenders to be whittled down to around four teams by Christmas.
“I think to start there will be six teams. There is still more than a month for the transfer window to close. It depends on that. In these six teams a lot can happen,” Mourinho told The Independent.
“Probably many people think Liverpool. Why not? They have a great coach [Brendan Rodgers] and he is there for the second year. He had one year to start with his ideas so why not Liverpool?
“Tottenham – why not? Because they don’t have that winning culture of the last years? That’s not the point. The point is the squad they have, which is fantastic, and again it’s the second season for Andre [Villas-Boas].
“Arsenal is Arsenal and probably they will be a better team. Chelsea is Chelsea. Manchester City and Manchester United, the champions of the last two years.
“Probably by December it will be five or four but to start I would say all six.”