Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has backed the new manager of former club Chelsea Maurizio Sarri to succeed in the Premier League.
There is no doubt that there is no one better that Jose Mourinho at mind games just before a season starts.
He was credited with getting into Antonio Conte’s head last season and causing Chelsea’s season, at least in the league, to tail off.
That lead to his sacking but now Mourinho is talking about Conte’s successor and it’s hard to work out if it’s mind games or genuinely praising him and Chelsea.
‘He has conditions to do good work’
Speaking about his former club to beIN Sports, as cited by the Daily Mirror, Mourinho explined how he had not come across Sarri before now.
Though, he cearly knew of his quality during his time at Napoli and has backed him to succeed at Chelsea.
“I don’t know him,” he explained.
“When I was in Italy from 2008-10, he was not in Serie A. I never met him or played against him.
“I just follow football and, lately, the good work he did with Napoli. In England, all the good managers have the desire to come.
“It’s a crazy competition with a high level. I think every manager has the dream to come, so he had the chance to come.
“He has a fantastic team, fantastic players and squad — I think he has conditions to do good work.”
Whether this is peak Mourinho and his mind games we will never know.