English Premiership

Mourinho's season review

2015-07-01 11:42
Jose Mourinho (AFP)

Cape Town - After guiding his side to the double in the 2014/15 season, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho spoke about the competitive nature of the league, as well as picking out his favourite moments of what was a hugely successful season for the club.

"It [the Premier League] is more difficult than ever, I would say it was the most difficult one," Mourinho told the Chelsea website.

"It’s very competitive with good teams.

"The mentality is very important and in this country even the teams without the same human potential as the top teams really fight and really believe. Every game becomes very competitive and mentality is a big part of it.

"At the same time, the good financial situation that every club has allows even the smaller teams and the promoted teams to get good players, have good squads and to be competitive.’

When asked to select his favourite moment of the season, Mourinho chose a couple, one from the start of the campaign and another later on.

"I would say the first match of the season at Burnley, because it was the first feeling of the quality of football Chelsea could play," explained the Blues boss.

"We played fantastically well in that match and we scored, in my opinion, the most beautiful goal collectively speaking, which was Schurrle’s goal.

"I also have to choose the last seconds of Chelsea against Crystal Palace because that’s when the referee finished the game and we were mathematically champions."

Mourinho then given the task of naming his toughest opponent and, once again, in true Mourinho fashion he provided two answers.

"I have to be pragmatic and also choose two, the only two teams we couldn’t beat," he said.

"We didn’t lose against them but we didn’t beat them. Manchester City, two matches and two draws, and Southampton, two matches and two draws."

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