EPL: Jose Mourinho offers 'congratulations' to champions - but Promised next season will be Battle

EPL:  Jose Mourinho offers 'congratulations' to champions - but Promised next season will be Battle
Jose Mourinho praised Manchester City on winning the Premier League title — however promised to battle them for it next season.

Manchester United's stun 1-0 vanquish at home to base club West Brom on Sunday affirmed City as champions with five games left to play.

But Mourinho, who had won the league title in his second season wherever he has managed until now, promised City and Guardiola he will ensure his Reds make a sustained challenge next season.

“I don’t know if I was the first, second or third, but I congratulated them, face to face, when I had the chance,” said the Special One.

“I knew that sooner or later that they would be champions and if I was in their position I would be very upset if someone said they won because United lost against West Brom.

"They won because they were the best team, they lost only a few points.

“Probably because I won eight championships, I was not in the moon with the victory against them [last week, when a City victory would have secured the title], because that doesn’t make me feel super-happy — and, in my opinion, it affected for sure some of the people that were too happy.”

Asked how United, who lost to a Jay Rodriguez goal in the 73rd-minute, will respond next season, Mourinho said: “I trust in my work. That’s for sure. I have no reason not to trust.

“Eight titles. Three Premier Leagues. And the last Premier League title was not 20 years ago, it was three years ago. I know how to win.

“I believe in myself, but I don’t play.

“You don’t win titles with inconsistency. You win, of course, with quality, but with consistency at every level, not just the performance level but also the mental level, the day by day.

“Everything must be consistent until the last day. One of the things we have to improve is consistency.”

Mourinho added: “I think we were deservedly punished. Everything was complicated.

“They couldn’t play simple — everything was one more touch, one more flick, one more turn, the ball lost. There was no fluidity in our football. I don’t think we deserved to lose, but we gave them the opportunity to win the match.

“I saw lots of people in the moon because we won against City. You could see the difference in the attitude to players compared to last week.

"During the week I was trying to fight that, and you see the players today, they were trying to be stylish - one more touch, one more flick.”

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