Jose Mourinho has once again downplayed expectations of Chelsea winning the Premier League title by saying that the blues are not favourites to finish first.
In sharp contrast to his first spell at Chelsea, Mourinho constantly tried to project the blues as underdogs last season. Normality was expected to resume for the upcoming campaign, but it seems that the Portuguese is sticking with his underdog philosophy.
He reckons that it will be very hard to win the title since the main challengers like Manchester United, Manchester City, and Arsenal will be improving once again.
“Next season will be very, very difficult, even more so,” said Mourinho. “I know Chelsea will be better but maybe the other teams will be better, too, so it will again be the kind of League where you don’t know if you’re going to finish first or sixth. In this moment I have to think and feel and say we want to finish first.”
Clubs managed by Mourinho usually have a swagger around them and this often has led to immense success. There is a possibility that Chelsea’s players were left confused with the manager downplaying expectations. We may never know it. We also will not know whether Mourinho is acting as per Abramovich’s instructions or if he is not happy with the squad.
Chelsea are set to take the summer spending beyond £70 million in the next few weeks. The blues have already brought in Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona for £28 million. Deals to bring in the Atletico Madrid trio – Diego Costa, Tiago Mendes, and Filipe Luis – may be completed soon.
Mourinho will know that Chelsea HAVE to make a good start to the campaign. We have to be top or near the top during Christmas. Otherwise, Mourinho leaving Chelsea for the second time will be a distinct possibility. Those who have seen Abramovich’s iron hand in the last decade will be well aware of it.