Chelsea manager predicts close title race.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes there are six teams in with a chance of winning the Premier League title this season, according to Sky Sports.
The Portuguese coach returned for a second stint at Stamford Bridge this summer, after successful spells with Inter Milan and Real Madrid since first departing Chelsea in 2007.
Having won two Premier League titles in his first spell in charge of Chelsea, Mourinho is well-placed to judge how the league has changed since he left, and he has hinted that it will be a more difficult task to win the title now, with the emergence of Manchester City as a major force, as well as a big improvement from Tottenham over the years.
Despite being seen largely as challenging for a top four place, Mourinho believes Spurs and Liverpool make up part of the six teams who will challenge for first place this season.
“At this moment we cannot speak about two sides, we have to speak about six sides,” he said. “This is a very difficult league and any one of the six sides can lose points.
“I think we are speaking about six contenders, all good teams, and let’s see if any one of the six is good enough to make a real difference and to disappear and to go on to be dominant, or if there will be great balance between the sides until the end.”
Mourinho’s highly-anticipated return to Chelsea has seen them become favourites for the title in the eyes of many pundits and neutrals, though reigning champions Manchester United made a great start under new manager David Moyes, winning 4-1 at Swansea, while Manchester City also put in a thoroughly convincing display as they thrashed Newcastle 4-0 on new manager Manuel Pellegrini’s debut.
Arsenal were the only one of the top six sides to lose their opening game, falling to a shock 3-1 home defeat to Aston Villa.
Chelsea then followed up their opening day win with a second victory, this time at home to Aston Villa.