Jose Mourinho aims early dig at 'serial winners' Liverpool and Tottenham

Manchester City celebrate winning the Premier League

"It's time just to say "tomorrow we have a Premier League match" and we have to play to win it".

Harry Kane re-signed with Tottenham before claiming the golden boot at the World Cup.

He was also, however, firm in his stance that his old club Manchester United "should be challenging" regardless of their inability to add a top quality centre back to their side during the transfer window.

"He's more than ready but you can not have the players who arrived only last Monday after the World Cup semi-finals or final and three weeks' holiday".

Another promoted side Fulham have made a mockery of the suggestion it is harder for teams going up via the playoffs to get deals in place as the other 19 Premier League teams have a two-week head start in the market.

The record they smashed for a goalkeeper (£67m on Brazilian Allisson) was overhauled by the £71.6m Chelsea lashed out on 23 year old Spaniard Kepa Arrizabalaga - the usual transfer madness in no way curtailed by the League´s unilateral decision to close the window before the start of the season. They ultimately stormed the Championship, finishing with 99 points and took the title home.

Neville, who was speaking at Cadbury's Premier League launch in Dublin, outlined how he felt that the vigorous Champions League and Premier League schedule of playing "Saturday then Wednesday" does not suit the "100mph" way that Liverpool play. I told that during pre-season.

How do you plan for a game like this? It is time for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed.

Aston Villa want to sign Robert Snodgrass for another spell
Pochettino said: 'I think it's so hard now because it's only a few hours until the end and I don't have news now. The circumstances are completely different from each other.

"I think it'll be tough but if they were to go of the Champions league and they had free weeks after Christmas, Saturday to Saturday they could be a real threat this season to City".

Jorginho was Chelsea's first close-season signing as the Italy midfielder followed Sarri from Napoli in a £57-million deal.

Even more importantly, Salah and Firmino also signed extended contracts rather than being lured away as Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho have been in recent seasons.

Players like Steve Sidwell, Kevin Doyle, Dave Kitson, Nicky Shorey and Stephen Hunt helped them secure a top half berth, though Reading missed out on European football by a solitary point.

Finally, can you give us an insight into what you say to your players and staff at the beginning of a new season?

"You don't really know the team, you don't really know the players, you don't know how they're going to perform from one week to the next".

Shearer said: It has been a long time since anyone won back-to-back titles but I think City will win the Premier League again because of Pep - he won't want their standards slipping.

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