Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has once again aimed a cheeky verbal jab at his arch rival Pep Guardiola as he insisted winning the title in England is as easy as in Germany.
Guardiola won the Bundesliga title in each of his three seasons with the German champions Bayern Munich, but ironically he is struggling to maintain consistency in English football’s top flight as his first season with Manchester City so far has been a messy one.
Now Mourinho has suggested the days of clubs snapping up star players, buying league title with a huge investment in the transfer market – as it was the case with him at Chelsea in 2005 and 2006 – are gone. The Premier League battleground is currently full of clubs with huge finances.
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“This is not Germany,” Mourinho told reporters. “In Germany, Bayern Munich start winning the league in the summer. They go to Borussia Dortmund every year and buy their best player.
“One day they go there and buy Robert Lewandowski. The next year it is Mario Gotze. The next year they go there, Mats Hummels.”
Mourinho would have loved to hijack the finest talent in the league. Tottenham full-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose would have added more pace to United’s defence, while Arsenal star Ozil would have orchestrated the midfield. But that’s not the case here.
“Do you think I can go to Tottenham and bring two Tottenham players to kill Tottenham?
“I can’t. I cannot go to Arsenal and bring the two best Arsenal players. I cannot go to Chelsea and bring two of the players who I love very much.
“That time is over. The situation of starting to be champions by attacking your direct opponents in this country is over.
“If you get a player from these clubs, you get one that the club doesn’t want to keep. You can’t hurt any more your direct opponents.”