Sunday, 11 August 2019

Jose Mourinho admitted the 'Man City B team' has a greater shot at glory than his former sides Chelsea

Jose Mourinho has named the four teams he believes can mount a title challenge this season - but ruled out a surprise shot at glory from his former sides Chelsea and Manchester United.

The Portuguese manager, making his Sky Sports punditry debut, was questioned about who he believed could lift the coveted trophy in May. 

And Mourinho even revealed he believed Manchester City's substitutes would be more likely to triumph than the two giants he once managed - and that Tottenham could also be in with an outside chance.

He said: 'Four [teams can win the title]. Man City, Tottenham, Liverpool and Man City B team. The players that were not already involved, I think the [City] B team could fight for the title. 

'I think if one of the teams plays magnificent today, I don’t believe they are going to resist in the title race. I don’t see also Arsenal to resist to a title race. Last season was phenomenal but I think Tottenham has to join it.'

Former United full back Gary Neville agreed with the 56-year-old tactician, and also wrote off the side he supports from mounting a title bid.

He added: 'I don’t see United winning the title. As a United fan all I want them to do is to create a strategy and stick to it. David Moyes came in, Mata 5 ft 8, Fellaini 6 ft 4, then they sacked David Moyes, then LVG came in a lot of technical possession players to fit his model. Then they sacked him. 

'Jose came in, signed Bailly, Ibrahimovic - very physical, gave him a new contract, then cut that path short. Then Solskjaer has come in with British players. Four different strategies. Don’t keep changing all the time. And the club have been doing that.'

Mourinho also explained that he believes both City and Liverpool will be strong enough to fend off the chasing pack, although he hopes that the two sides' rivals can one day return to the top level. 

'We would love United, Chelsea and Arsenal to also be at that level,' Mourinho said. 'It would be something incredible. Sometimes unpredictable things can happen. Who knows? 

'But I think we all agree, we are speaking about a team that won everything in England, we are speaking about the European champion and the European runner-up. Then we are talking about United sixth, and playing Europa League and Arsenal fifth and Europa League too.' 


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