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Mourinho: More Pressure on City to Win EPL Title

  • Guardian, Wednesday, July 24, 2013 3:43 PM

Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho indicated that Manchester City would be under greater pressure than Chelsea to reclaim the Premier League title, partly due to having out-spent the London club in the transfer market this summer. The arrivals of Stefan Jovetic, Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas and Fernandinho at the Etihad have cost close to $154 million. Chelsea, meanwhile, has only brought in Andre Schurrle and Marco Van Ginkel for a combined $40 million, while recalling the likes Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne, who were out on loan last season.

"If you see their age, their maturity, they are in the perfect moment of their career to go to England, and there will be no need for adaptation, no need of work to learn the project,” Mourinho said of City’s new signings. “They are players at the top of their careers, experienced but still young, so I think they've bought very, very well. That doesn't surprise me because they have the money to buy, but also the knowledge. They have people in the club that know a lot about football. So it's no surprise for me they bought well. And they did it."

The Portuguese tactician suggested that because Chelsea plans to lean on younger players who were out on loan last season rather than buying more established players, there will be greater pressure on City to deliver the title. "Young players are not at the best they will be. They need to learn, they need time to get to the top," Mourinho said. “If we win something important with this group, it will be the best [trophy he has claimed]," he added.

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