Jose Mourinho confirms several absentees for Leicester City opener

Lynette Rowe
August 10, 2018

"I'm not confident, I'm not confident and the market closes today, so is time at least for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed", Mourinho said.

Arsenal are the first Premier League opponents for defending champions, Manchester City, yet after a relatively quiet summer in the transfer market Pep Guardiola has admitted the club simply didn't have much money to spend.

"The players with a proper pre-season are fit and they are strong".

"They have the game against Leicester on Friday so hopefully they can go one step further this year than second and try and get the title back".

"I'm not confident", Mourinho said, when asked whether there would be more players arriving before the deadline.

United have endured a hard summer transfer window as they have tried and failed to sign a host of defensive targets, with Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld and Leicester's Harry Maguire among the names on their wish-list. Any deal for Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld was a way off on the eve of the deadline and interest in Barcelona defender Yerry Mina has been tempered up until now by prohibitive financial demands.

"I am so happy with the team and, from last season, I said maybe one more player, maybe two".

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"Because it is very important their feeling and to understand how they think they can help or not help".

"My view is that, first of all, is hard for me to believe we finished second", he said.

The Gunners kicked off last season with an exciting win over Leicester, and this year we're thinking something similar will happen against Guardiola's side.

"It is hard to believe that we finished second because you are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing, finish below us, and you make them look like serial winners".

"Is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second".

Arsene Wenger finally left the London club at the end of last season, and now Unai Emery has the task of building Arsenal back up to where their fans think they should be: league champions.

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