Mourinho predicts seven-way fight for Premier League title

Solenn Plantier
Août 13, 2017

"I saw last season how tough the league is - it doesn't matter who the top teams are".

Frustrated by Newcastle's failure to sign Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham and Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who instead joined Chelsea, Benitez tried to shame Ashley into action.

Fuelled by a historically lavish spending spree, the Premier League returns yesterday when Arsenal host Leicester in the opening game of the hotly-anticipated new season.

Their pre-season preparations have gone well and the Sky Blues are the favourites to lift the Premier League trophy at the end of the campaign. He said that as of now I'm going to have more options in the build-up, to play both short and long balls.

"We did it earlier and we are lucky because it would be more expensive now", said the Catalan.

"We are Manchester United and we want to get back to being the big Manchester United".

Runner-up Tottenham is yet to make an off-season signing though it nearly certainly will as it prepares to play at Wembley Stadium.

"It started with Real Madrid and Ronaldo going for £80 million and then Bale for £85 million and everything went more expensive".

"He thinks he can do more at football's highest level so we are having conversations and discussing the possibility of him staying for the second part of the season".

Manchester United kick off the new Premier League season when they entertain West Ham at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. Arsenal and Jose Mourinho's United missed out last time, but will that be the case again?

Manchester United have spent the biggest transfer fee this summer so far after signing Romelu Lukaku in a £75m deal from Everton following Victor Lindelof's arrival from Benfica.

Brahim Diaz, 17, one of the fresh Academy products, has had a fruitful time in the youth ranks last season before tempting manager Pep Guardiola to name him on the match-day squad for the first time against Swansea in the EFL Cup, which he marked with a goal after a cameo with ten minutes to go. But he insists, despite that, the title is a more realistic target.

"There is no guarantee, but naturally a manager in his second season knows the club and the players better. What we had was midfielders and wingers scoring, and even central defenders scoring goals from set pieces", Mourinho said.

The first week of the season is always one of the hardest to predict, but our writers have a lot of confidence in the top six.

Oh well, there will be myself and two little Griggos in bar on a foreign shore belting out 'We've got Knockaert, Anthony Knockout, I just don't think you understand...'.

Brighton have been busy in the transfer market themselves since securing promotion from the Championship after two excellent seasons for Chris Hughton's team.

"This time we are all in the same basket and it will be the same for everybody".

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