Jose Mourinho - Real Madrid
Jose Mourinho has claimed Real Madrid
's title-winning campaign last season will go down in history as one of the greatest ever.
The capital giants won their first Liga trophy since 2008 in record-breaking style, having accumulated 100 points and scored 121 goals amongst other feats, and the Portuguese believes his side have now set the benchmark for future reference.
"First of all I do not think that the champion will reach 100 points again," Mourinho said in the post-game press conference after beating AC Milan 5-1 in a pre-season friendly.
"I don't think the champion will score 120 goals. I think these are numbers that will stay in history for a long time."
Referring to a new battle between Real Madrid and Barcelona for the Liga crown in the coming season, Mourinho was well aware that the Catalans will ramp up their pursuit of the championship.
"Everybody knows it will be a close fight between, in my opinion, the two best teams in the world," the former Chelsea boss said.
"Because in the previous season we had so many points and Barcelona had [almost as many], people probably think the league is not so strong."
But Mourinho insisted people should look beyond the Merengues
in the Spanish top flight, noting that the Europa League final was contested by two Iberian teams.
"I remember that the Europa League final was between Atletico Madrid and Atheltic Bilbao. The league is very, very strong," he said.
After adopting a policy that had seen every player get 45 minutes to their name, Mourinho allowed some of his players to see more time on the field this time around, but admitted there were particular exceptions to the rule.
"Today, I wanted some players to play more than the usual 45 minutes because we do not have much more time to prepare for the season," the Portuguese coach continued.
"I think Cristiano [Ronaldo] was part of the show. He is part of what the people want to see but, more importantly than that, it was a very good training session for us and I am happy with that. And no injuries,"