Mourinho: Mine and Wenger’s title-winning experience not key factor

Jose Mourinho doesn't believe his or Arsene Wenger's experience of winning Premier League title will be a key factor this season

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
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Jose Mourinho doesn’t believe Arsenal and Chelsea have an advantage in the title race because of his and Arsene Wenger’s previous experience of winning the Premier League crown.

Thirteen-time winner Sir Alex Ferguson stood down as Manchester United manager in May and Mourinho’s subsequent return to Stamford Bridge in May means that the Portuguese and Wenger are the only managers in English top-flight to have won the title.

The Gunners manager guided Arsenal to England’s top prize in 1998 and 2001, as well the famous unbeaten campaign in 2003-04, whilst Mourinho helped Chelsea win their inaugural crown in 2005 before retaining the trophy the following season.

But the Chelsea manager joked that he, along with Wenger, may have forgotten how to win the Premier League in the intervening years since they last conquered England’s top division.

“We’ve forgotten how [to win it] because it was a long time ago!” Mourinho said.

“I don’t know. There is always a first time – maybe the others will do it for the first time.

“I don’t think that the [title-winning experience] can make a big difference. We don’t play, the players play. We just try to help them from the bench and work them before the game.”

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