With two weeks to go to the closing of the transfer window, Chelsea boss José Mourinho explained to the club website how the market works and how teams try to fill the gap with the champions to challenge them:
“When you win it once it’s more difficult to win it twice. Why has no team won the Champions League twice in a row? If you win the title in a country where you are almost lonely (at the top), or the opposition doesn’t reach the same level, you win it once, twice, three times, four times, no problem. You do it because the other teams have no conditions to react to that.
“If you win the Champions League, how many teams can react to the fact they didn’t win it? A lot of them can react. In the Premier League, if you win the title, how many teams are in a position to react to that? A lot of them can.
“If you go to Germany, how many teams are powerful enough to react to Bayern Munich’s dominance? They won three in a row and they will probably win it a fourth time. In France, how many teams can react to Paris Saint-Germain’s power?
“Here, Man City won the league (in 2014), so Chelsea weren’t happy, Man United weren’t happy, Arsenal weren’t happy and Liverpool weren’t happy. Chelsea brought in Diego Costa, Fabregas and Thibaut Courtois. Arsenal bought Alexis Sanchez.
“Last season, Chelsea were champions so the first thing Man City do in the summer is buy [Raheem] Sterling. If they were champions they probably wouldn’t have attacked the market in the same way. So, here and in the Champions League teams react, and because teams react it’s more difficult to be champions.
Mourinho hasn’t ruled out Chelsea to go on the market again to sign a couple of players but, if this won’t be possible, he expects his team to improve:
“My players and my team will improve for sure. If we don’t have an improvement based on a couple of players, I still believe in the improvement of my players.
“If, on top of that, we have one new player or two new players, we welcome them and we can be better. It’s a possibility, the market is still open. One defender comes for sure and apart from that, maybe, maybe not.
“In pre-season I said if we are not buying a lot, the way to compete against the improvement of other teams is to be better. Every one of us has to give more“.