Mourinho: Spurs contenders

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes Saturday's opponents Tottenham can win the Premier League title this season.

Last Updated: 28/09/13 at 12:33 Post Comment

Jose Mourinho and Spurs counterpart Andre Villas-Boas: Master v apprentice

Jose Mourinho and Spurs counterpart Andre Villas-Boas: Master v apprentice

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Mourinho says Spurs are one of six teams who can win the league this season and he says that is a big change from his first spell at Stamford Bridge.

The Portuguese arrived at Chelsea in 2004 and won the title in his first two seasons, with Manchester United taking it in his third year.

But now he believes that as well as Chelsea and United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs - managed by his former scout Andre Villas-Boas - are also genuine contenders.

"Tottenham are a big contender. They have bought players with quality," he said.

"Six teams are competing for the position. Any one of the six teams can be first, any one can be sixth.

"In my first time it was a clear race between Chelsea and Manchester United, two fantastic teams who were probably better than any team at this moment.

"Finally, Man City broke that period of blue and red dominance. At the moment the situation is different.

"At this moment six teams are competing for the position, that is the beauty of the league. It is better like this."

Mourinho refused to discuss the relationship with his fellow Portuguese ahead of the meeting between the two teams at White Hart Lane after Villas-Boas openly discussed it although without going into full detail of the circumstances of the fallout.

Asked if issues should be discussed face to face, Mourinho said: "Normally that's what should happen. My parents taught me that when I was a kid and we say the same to our kids: if you have a problem in school, if you have a problem with somebody, try to resolve it yourself. Don't come home to ask us.

"If you cannot do it by yourself, you need to ask other people to support you.

"I'm the dad of the dressing room and I don't want things coming to the dad all the time. Things should be resolved between brothers."

One player who could be in Chelsea's squad, yet was so nearly in the Tottenham ranks, is Willian.

The Brazil winger joined the Blues from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, completing the deal despite successfully undergoing a medical at Spurs.

Asked what he did to persuade Willian to opt for Stamford Bridge, Mourinho played down his role, before stressing his belief that Chelsea's long-term courtship of the Brazilian was the decisive factor.

"I did nothing," Mourinho said. "Chelsea were trying to get him for two years and Willian always felt very connected with that move and he was frustrated when that move couldn't happen.

"Then the situation came where he could come, and Chelsea were happy.

"I was just asked about the quality of the player and if I'd like to have him with me, and of course I said yes."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Jose Mourinho: It's only a matter of time before John Terry gets new contract

John Terry will definitely stay at Chelsea beyond the end of his current deal, Jose Mourinho says.

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres to make permanent move to AC Milan ahead of Atletico Madrid return

Fernando Torres will join Milan permanently on January 5 ahead of his expected return to Atletico Madrid.

Neil Warnock sacked by Crystal Palace after run of one win in 12 games

Neil Warnock has been sacked as manager of Crystal Palace, with Keith Millen placed in charge for Sunday's trip to QPR.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property