Both the Reds and the Blues enjoyed the luxury of a campaign without European football last season as they managed to both secure qualification for next term’s Champions League.
Chelsea were by far the most consistent team in the Premier League as they won the title in Antonio Conte’s first campaign in charge, while Liverpool ended up wrapping up a fourth-placed finish under Jurgen Klopp.
Manchester United, meanwhile, ended up sixth but still secured their place in the Champions League by winning the Europa League last season.
And Mourinho has warned both Liverpool and Chelsea about how much more difficult it will be for both sides to compete in four competitions next season.
Mourinho is quoted as saying by the Daily Express: “There is one thing, this season is going be a little more balanced because of the fact the top six are all in European competitions.
“Not like last season, when Chelsea and Liverpool played all season one match per week, with all the others playing in Europeans competitions – especially us, playing in Europa League.
“Next season, six teams, and also Everton, are going to play in Europe and that is going to create a new situation for Chelsea and Liverpool.”
Manchester United won both the Europa League and EFL Cup in Mourinho’s first campaign in charge, but the Red Devils will be hoping to challenge for the Premier League next term.
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