Jose Mourinho says Chelsea’s lack of history made things easier than at Manchester United
During his two spells at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho was able to win three Premier League titles. His first in 2005 ended a 50-year wait in West London for the title and was just the club’s second ever top-flight trophy.
But the Portuguese coach now finds himself at the most successful club in British history, with 20 top-flight titles achieved.
Mourinho is looking to add to that collection, but concedes even if he does he won’t have the same impact as he had on Chelsea.
‘The difference between Chelsea and United is that I really belong to Chelsea’s history because I won three Premier Leagues, I won cups, lots of things there, the club won their first Premier League in 2004.
‘So I have a history there and here my history is the history of somebody who works hard every day.
‘[United] won the only competition the club never won, but everybody knows the Europa League is not the “El Dorado” of football, and I come in a moment where it is more difficult to make history.’
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There has been talk Mourinho’s stint in charge of Manchester United could be short-lived, as it has been at other clubs he’s managed. However the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan manager has dismissed such suggestions.
‘If a manager leaves a club one day even without big success, but creates conditions for the next one to come in and have success, that’s also a very important part of this job,’ he added ahead of his side’s FA Cup tie with Derby.
‘So when I work in this club I’m not just working to myself, I try to work also for the future of the club.’