Mourinho starts mind games early

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has started his usual mind games before a ball has even been kicked this season after taking a thinly veiled swipe at rival Arsene Wenger, the Telegraph is reporting.

Having spent most of last season insisting his Chelsea side were not the full package the Portuguese has declared his new look squad as title contenders as the new season finally reaches its start.

And in what many have perceived as a dig at Arsenal manager Wenger, Mourinho has stated that he is not feeling pressure to win a trophy this time around.

When asked if he was feeling the strain of being labelled favourite for the title he said: “Why? Some, they have 10 years to win something. I have only two?”

While Wenger wasn’t directly mentioned the comment was clear to see.

Wenger ended a nine year trophy drought at the Emirates Stadium by winning the FA Cup last year – but for Mourinho this is something he is not used to.

In nine fully completed seasons Mourinho has landed seven trophies at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid – although he is currently experiencing a drought himself.

For the past two years he has gone without silverware after he finished runners up to Barcelona with Madrid before a third place finish last season, behind Liverpool and Manchester City.

He will surely be looking to change this in the coming season.

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