Premier League didn’t miss me, says Chelsea boss Mourinho

Jose Mourinho does not feel the Premier League was weaker for his six-year absence, ESPN has reported, as the Chelsea manager reiterates his love for English football.

Mourinho ended his first spell at Stamford Bridge in September 2007, taking time out of the game before returning to management at Inter in June 2008. While with the Milan club, Mourinho won two Serie A titles in as many years, the Coppa Italia, Italian Super Cup and, in 2010, the Champions League.

He decamped to Real Madrid after claiming the Champions League, and while there won one La Liga title, the Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup, before leaving the Santiago Bernabeu and picking up where he left off in west London.

But Mourinho believes the Premier League is so strong that it was not damaged by the lack of the Special One. “ I don’t think the Premier League, or the country, missed me,” he told the Guardian. “The country is too strong in relation to football, and the Premier League is too strong to miss somebody. It’s not a question of ‘missing’. But it’s certainly a question of me loving it here and people know that.

Chelsea are currently third in the table, two points behind leaders Arsenal, who are level on points and goal difference – but ahead on goals scored – with Liverpool. Mourinho won two titles in his first three full seasons as Chelsea boss, as well as a smattering of other domestic prizes.

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