Six-time Premier League winner David Beckham, 38, believes there is something special about the return of Jose Mourinho at Chelsea - something that the other challengers for the title lack, because, out of the three clubs vying for the crown, it is Mourinho who has the most modern experience in finishing as champion.
Manchester City's Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini has not won a league title since 2003, when he claimed the Argentinean Primera Division with River Plate. One year later, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger won his last title, however, Jose Mourinho won La Liga with Real Madrid in 2012 and has finished atop of the division in every country he has managed in - Portugal, England, Italy and Spain.
Said Beckham, who has recently launched an MLS franchise in Miami, to ESPN: 'As a Manchester United fan, I've been watching City and City play some great football. They're a strong team. They've got a strong unit but personally, seeing Jose Mourinho going back to Chelsea… there's something about Jose and Chelsea that not many other clubs have.'
Beckham continued: 'He's won championships, he knows how to win championships, he knows how to win trophies, and he's not just a great manager, he's a strong personality as well. Some people can't compete with that.'
'Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, strong team, great manager, great players. Obviously Liverpool are having a pretty good season as well. But Chelsea, Man City, Pellegrini… I think is a great manager, so we'll see.'
Arsenal currently lead the Premier League with 55 points collected after 24 matchdays, two more than Manchester City and Chelsea's haul.
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