This weekend saw Leicester City narrowly lose the Community Shield after Manchester United beat them 2 – 1. Boss José Mourinho was humble in his victory however.
Speaking to the media after his victory he said that Leicester City are going to have a ‘fantastic’ season.
Mourinho will be looking to see his side in at least the top 4 after spending big this summer, with Paul Pogba granting clearance from Juventus for his medical, a move that’s expected to be at least €120m.
Mourinho is expecting Leicester City to be in the mix for the title again after watching the foxes win the league last season.
"“They are an amazing team, “I think they are going to have a fantastic season. It does not matter if they lose this game or not.”"
"“With Musa, Demarai Gray and Vardy, the intensity changed,”"
"“They brought it to a new level and it was difficult for us to cope with. But I had the chance to make changes, and they gave us stability in the game. We recovered a balance, and when you score at the end, there is a bit of luck but I thought we were in control.”"
With Manchester United’s control they managed to clinch a last minute lead after Zlatan Ibrahimović beat Wes Morgan to the ball, heading in the winner.
Leicester City will be looking defend their Premier League title and get off to a flying start this weekend in their first fixture of the season against newly promoted Hull.
Despite Mourinho’s praises, Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri insisted that Leicester will be going through a rebuilding process and will not be fighting the likes of United for the title.
"“We have to restart. What we achieved last season we have to leave there and build on our foundation. There is a very good basement but now we are building the first floor.”"
He went onto say something we’ve heard time and time again from the charismatic Italian.
"“The target is 40 points. Don’t laugh. I start with the same philosophy and the same humility.”"
Should Leicester City go on a good cup run and finishing in the top half of the table, I’m sure foxes fans will be happy with the outcome. Nobody of sound mind is expecting Leicester City to reach the top 4 again but it’s at least worth a try.