I can't win 13 Premier League trophies like Alex Ferguson: Jose Mourinho
Jose says that Ferguson has raised the bar to an impossible position for anyone
Jose Mourinho has distanced himself from the debate of whether he can break the record of 13 Premier League trophies set by Sir Alex Ferguson. Under Sir Alex, Manchester United won 13 of the 21 Premier League seasons.
Jose has just won another Premier League title by beating Crystal Palace 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, taking his personal tally to 3.
“I have a long way to go, but Sir Alex left the bar in an impossible position for anyone. I cannot win 13 Premier Leagues,” said Mourinho, “I can win 13 championships. I can. I have eight, I think I can go to 13. But 13 Premier Leagues, no, no chance.”
But can he actually do it?
Ferguson’s really long career, having retired at the age of 71, means Jose has a difficult task ahead of him. Jose has already accumulated 3 at the age of 52. Although Ferguson won his first Premier League at the age of 51, he did win another 12 in the next 20 years.
But, Jose has already won 8 titles in his 13 years managing a “top club”. He, however, has never managed a club for more than 3 years. Ferguson’s greatest strength was his continuity. That made it easier for him to keep the trophies coming.
Mourinho has never done that. He has always changed clubs when the time to make some changes to the team came. He has said that he would like to stay at Chelsea for a longer period of time and if he is able to rebuild his teams as well as Ferguson, we might have another race in the next decade or two.