Former Manchester United and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claims that the Premier League champions Manchester City could even win the title with their second-string team.

Mourinho was making his Sky Sports punditry debut when he was asked to name the title contenders for this season’s league title.

The Portuguese manager cannot see any other team apart from Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool or Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur causing Pep Guardiola problems this season.

Asked to identify the contenders for this season’s Premier League title, Mourinho replied: “Four: Man City, Tottenham, Liverpool and Man City’s B team.

Manchester City demolished West Ham 5-0 on Saturday in their first game of the season.

“When I look at the images of the bench of Manchester City when they won 5-0 at West Ham when even some of the players were not involved, they could fight for the title.” Mourinho said

“Independent of what happens today, even if one of the team plays magnificently and has a fantastic result, I don’t believe they are going to be in the title race.

“And it is also difficult for me, despite them having some good players, to see Arsenal in a title race. But I think Tottenham has to join it.”

A serial winner across Europe and in English football, Mourinho guided Chelsea to the Premier League title on three occasions across two spells in West London.

The 56-year-old began his punditry stint by joking “I hope it’s not going to be for a long time.” Mourinho has said he is targeting a return to management soon but recently turned down an offer from the Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande.

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