While weighing up his title defence Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says that winning the Premier league next time around is much more difficult than it was when he first came to England. , winning the title in 2005.
The Portuguese manager feels that the league is much more competitive during his second stint in charge at Stamford Bridge despite having won the title again last season, and reckons that five teams will be in the running during 2015/2016.
He told ESPN: “England at the time was Manchester United and Arsenal, and it was Chelsea coming with all the ambition of [owner Roman] Abramovich. There was a big distance between these three and the others.
“Obviously, it was very competitive because of the nature of England. It is the mentality of everyone. But the distances were huge.
“In this moment it is different. Clearly, five teams can win the title. One of them will be champion, and one of them will not even qualify for the Champions League.
“So two years ago, Manchester City were champions and Man Utd out of the Champions League. Last year Chelsea were champions and Liverpool were out of the Champions League.
“And next season somebody will be champions and somebody will be outside of the Champions League.”