Jose Mourinho lists second-place finish among 'greatest achievements'

10 August, 2018, 15:42 | Author: Marlene Myers
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United have endured a hard summer transfer window as they have tried and failed to sign a host of defensive targets, with Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld and Leicester's Harry Maguire among the names on their wish-list.

This new deadline which closes before the season starts has really ramped up the pressure on these transfers which means we could see a whole host of panic buys as clubs look to add to their squad before the Premier League season starts this weekend.

The loophole allowing clubs to bring in new players all stems from the fact that there are different transfer windows for loan deals.

'My view is that first of all is hard for me to believe we finished second when I listen, when I read, not much but sometimes I do, is hard to believe that we finished second because you are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, ' Mourinho said during today's press conference. He was also asked a follow-up question to clarify that there would be no incomings or outgoings throughout the day.

Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to steer his side to a genuine Premier League title challenge next season after they reached the Champions League final and finished fourth last term.

"My view is that, first of all, is hard for me to believe we finished second", he said.

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"Is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second".

As for the main challengers, Neville lists United, Liverpool and Chelsea are the only potential rivals for City's crown.

"He said: "[Sergio] Romero, he had a surgery after his injury, [Antonio] Valencia, he was injured in pre-eason, Marcos Rojo, he was injured in the World Cup, [Diogo] Dalot had a surgery in Porto at the end of April and he is not yet ready.

See which players and managers have come and gone. In football you need time to work and players on the pitch to work and we didn't have that until now.

"It looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane, I repeat: Pre-season hard when you don't have your players to work, that's as simple as that".

The Arsenal legend said: "I want this season's title race to be more spicy and I think it will be".

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