Jose Mourinho has told Soccer Saturday Manchester United are “far” from being the best side in the Premier League, admitting that Chelsea are “a much better team”.
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted his side are “far” from being the best team in the league, conceding that Chelsea are a much better team.
When asked by Jeff Stelling on Soccer Saturday how close Manchester United were to being the best team in the Premier League, he replied: “Far, because the best team, in the Premier League, is the team with most points.
“I know you like to criticise me. When I was winning titles with Chelsea you were criticising the style of play. At the moment you don’t do it.
“Now to be the best counter-attacking team in the country is not to be criticised; it is an amazing thing. The best team at the end of the season is the one who is champions and we are far from it.
“I don’t know how many points we are from Chelsea but it is obvious that this season they are a much better team than us.”
He said: “You can say that I won a trophy in the first season but you can forget it too soon – I don’t know what is a good season for you and for me.
“For me a good season is to be ready for every match and fight for every match for the best result and to defend Manchester United’s prestige.
“We are not fighting for the title, we are just fighting to finish top four. The important thing for this club is to fight for titles and the only title we can win now is the Europa League.”
“We don’t train,” he said. “We try and give the players the best chance to recover using our strategies.
“We work with the players who were not involved in the match and try to get some players fit but we don’t train. We analyse matches, we analyse opponents but the work on the training pitch is impossible because it is just about recovery.”
“It is difficult, especially for some players. For some of the boys it is not a big problem to play match after match with two days difference but for some it is more difficult, because of their nature, their DNA, it is not so easy.
“It is difficult when the team (Chelsea) we are playing have not played since last weekend, when they have had time off and time to prepare, so of course they are much better prepared than us.”
“It was a bad week when we lost two players from the same position and left us for six weeks with only two central defenders so they played Thursday they have to play tomorrow, they have to play next Thursday as well. So it’s very had for those two boys.”
“It was more of the same in Belgium. We were well organised, had a good mentality and played better than our opponents. We take risks but we don’t score enough goals and we don’t win as many matches as we should.
“That has been the story of our season. In Anderlecht, I was happy because it was a positive result for the second leg but I’m getting used to us creating chances but not scoring goals to kill the game.”
Mourinho will be hoping for revenge when his side welcomes his former employers to Old Trafford on Sunday – but Chelsea will be aiming to maintain the gap at the top and take a step closer to the Premier League title.