Tottenham – It looks like a mistake that it hasn’t strengthened its squad, though perhaps it still will before the season kicks off. Spurs had a terrific campaign last season and had it been any other season they would have won it. ‘He is not ready to play tomorrow. “I don’t get obsessed with it”, he said.
“That group of players is going to stay for a long time at Manchester City“, he said.
“Of course, it had an influence on me [the presence of Pep Guardiola here]”. I was very happy when I found out he wanted to count on me. I think it will be a draw.
AC Milan and LA Galaxy are among the clubs reportedly interested in signing the veteran Swede, but Mourinho is keen to add the striker to his forward options when he is fit again, although there is no rush to confirm a deal.
Mourinho insists he is in a far better position to deliver the title this season because he and his players understand each other better while winning the Europa League will give his squad greater confidence.
“We have had a better pre-season than a year ago and we have the confidence levels of a team that has won a European competition and returned to the Champions League”.
“The teams that arrive, in the first four, five, six games they are so complicated. It will not be easy but we travel to win the game”.
Brighton have broken their club transfer record twice in one week to draft in Davy Propper from PSV Eindhoven and Club Brugge’s Jose Izquierdo, subject to medical and worldwide clearance.
City open their Premier League campaign on Saturday with a trip to newly-promoted Brighton.
Guardiola said: “It is not just us”.
‘But what the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City can do, they can do that and good luck to them.
“Between the players we have lost and the players we have got, I think we are in a similar situation but with more experience of working together and a much better pre-season”.
A move failed to transpire, although Willian struggled to cement his place in Antonio Conte’s first-choice line-up and started less than half of their Premier League games as he had to make do with appearances from the substitutes’ bench, along with a few niggling injuries.