Jose Mourinho: Why ‘fantastic’ Arsenal will challenge Chelsea for the title
Jose Mourinho is fully expecting Arsenal to challenge Chelsea for the Premier League title next season
Jose Mourinho is fully expecting Arsenal to challenge Chelsea for the Premier League title next season.
The Gunners finished third and retained their FA Cup title last season but failed to recover from a slow start in the Premier League as they ended up behind champions Chelsea and runners-up Manchester City.
I think they are more than ready to be a title contenders
Arsene Wenger has bolstered his squad with the signing of Petr Cech from Chelsea this summer as the Frenchman aims to guide the club to their first top-flight title since 2004.
Chelsea boss Mourinho feels that the north London side are more than capable of challenging his defending champions for the title – but couldn’t help but highlight Arsenal’s recent spending in the transfer market.
“I think they [Arsenal] bought a fantastic goalkeeper and that is a position which is very important in a team,” Mourinho is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
“Every club is a club and we don’t need to speak about them but if you add up the amounts clubs have spent in the last three or four years, I think maybe you will find a surprise.
“If you put [Mesut] Ozil plus Alexis Sanchez, plus [Calum] Chambers, plus [Mathieu] Debuchy you will maybe find a surprise.
“It’s a fantastic squad; lots and lots of good players, a fantastic goalkeeper. I think they are more than ready to be a title contenders.”
Mourinho also believes that Arsenal and Chelsea will be battling it out for the top-flight title along with three other teams this season as the competition intensifies.
The Chelsea manager continued: “We have five teams who will play for the title, only one will win and one of us will be playing Europa League in two years.
“That is the reality: five teams for one title and five teams for four Champions League positions. Only one will be champion and one in Europa League.”