Mourinho is back in the Premier League next season
He’s been back for less than a week but the ‘Special One’ is already singing the praises of the Premier League.
The newly appointed Manchester United, who was sacked by Chelsea earlier in the season, has highlighted the competitive nature of the Premier League, highlighting his time in Spain as a marker of comparison between league dominated big clubs, compared with the much more open English top flight.
Indeed, Mourinho suggested that such competitiveness renders individual rivalries, such as his mouth-watering cross-city clash with Pep Guardiola, as less important sideshows.
José Mourinho took over from Louis van Gaal earlier in the week
Speaking during a lecture in Lisbon on Tuesday, Mourinho stated that in Spain, the big clubs will always be the most successful.
As quoted by the Daily Express, Mourinho said “My experience does not allow me to be naive.
“I was in Spain for two years, where the champion would be me or him.
“There, individual battles make more sense because they can affect the outcome (of the title race).
“If in the Premier League I were to focus on him and Manchester City and he were to focus on me and Manchester United, someone else would be champion.
“The level of the Premier League is going to get better with the players and coaches who will come.
“Four champions in four years shows how competitive it is, and also says a lot about the television rights and its distribution, which will allow the growth of the league and all its teams.
“It is different to other leagues where the sharks will always be sharks.”
Mourinho will renew hostilities with Guardiola next season
The former Chelsea manager's quotes come following a season of huge upsets in the Premier League, one that saw the Blues and his new club Manchester United fail to make the top four, whilst wonder-makers Leicester City pulled off the unthinkable by securing the title.
Such unprecedented success for smaller clubs like Leicester may yet continue in the Premier League, with a new television rights deal agreed last year expected to bear its financial fruits in the coming season.
Indeed, recently relegated Aston Villa still managed to earn £99 million despite finishing bottom of the table, a figure higher than what Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich received in television revenue.
Mourinho’s spell in Spain was a mixed affair, winning the league title in his second season in 2011, but he failed to win a coveted tenth Champions League trophy, instead losing out in the semi-finals in each of his three seasons at the Bernabeu.
The Portuguese coach was famed for his clashes with then Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola, and the two are set to renew hostilities in the Premier League season, following Mourinho’s long expected appointment at Old Trafford earlier in the week.
Mourinho was given a tour of his new club's training facilities on Monday, and he has seemingly eased fans concerns about his pedigree with young players, with Marcus Rashford and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s both accepting new contracts with the club.