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Mourinho predicts a seven-way battle for the Premier League this season

Date Posted,August 10, 2017

Jose Mourinho has predicted a seven-way fight for the Premier League this season – with no excuses because all the title contenders are in Europe.

The Manchester United boss has an incredible record of always winning the league title in his second full season with a club and ramped up the pressure on his rivals as they prepare for the new campaign.

Reigning champions Chelsea and Liverpool did not have European football to contend with last season, but both are involved in the Champions League this term.

With United, Tottenham and Manchester City also in the Champions League, and Arsenal and Everton in the Europa League, Mourinho said none of the seven title contenders have an advantage over the others.

Mourinho was talking on the eve of the new season (Image: Manchester United)

“Everybody – the top seven – are all in Europe,” said Mourinho, whose United side host West Ham at Old Trafford tomorrow.

“Last season, two of them were not in Europe. This time we’re all in the same basket and it’s going to be the same for everybody.

“Okay, some will have the luck to play on Tuesday or Wednesday, or Saturday or Sunday.

“But, in the end, the number of matches will be the same for everybody. Arsenal and Everton are in the Europa League, so they have to play on Thursdays.

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“But the top seven, we’re going to be in the four competitions, so there’s no advantage for any one of us.

“I’d say there are seven teams to fight for the title. It’s the objective of every one of the top teams and every one of the top team managers.”

Mourinho also revealed United are in talks with striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic about rejoining them for the second half of the season.

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Ibrahimovic was released by United this summer after suffering a cruciate ligament injury, but is likely to be ready to play again by December.

Mourinho said: “He wants more football at the highest level, so we’re having conversations and discussing the possibility of him staying for the second part of the season.”

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