Guardiola will lead Manchester City to the Premier League title - Henry

Jose Mourinho hails Nemanja Matic's performance against Real Madrid in Super Cup defeat

Mourinho signed Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic and he is still hopeful of landing a left-back and a winger before the end of the transfer window.

"I saw last season how tough the league is - it doesn't matter who the top teams are".

'In my other clubs what I had was more players scoring goals, ' he said.

However, he is without a club as he recovers from cruciate knee ligament damage sustained during the Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht in April. He also outlined his ambitions of winning more trophies at the club, as well as becoming one of the best players in the world. With these six to eight more points, our position in the table would be different. Everton have won nine of their last 10 home games in the league and a 3-1 result can be backed at a tasty 14/1 with bet365.

"We saw how hard it was for him to get used to losing, it was an unknown territory for him, not easy to deal with, he dealt with it in a certain way, so I go with Man City".

But what of his remarkable second-season record and what it might mean for the looming campaign?

He said: "I think the champions are the team to beat - they weren't champions for nothing".

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The difference in best and worst price, or Oddschecker value, shows the relative uncertainty of bookmakers when pricing up the underdogs as opposed to the bigger teams in the league with many of them capable of causing a shock. I will go with what I have to try to win everything.

The 21-year-old Frenchman faces stiff competition for one of the two or three places in support of Lukaku, with Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard among Mourinho's other options.

After a season in which the now-departed (but slated to return) Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted 28 goals, the obvious focus is on Lukaku to step into those boots.

Last season two were not. At the moment I signed a new contract, and then I made a decision to stay, I chose to work for this club, and then to try to give every day 120 per cent.

Hughton, who ex-Chelsea, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough midfielder Townsend played alongside for the Republic of Ireland, has experience of managing in the division with Newcastle and Norwich. We always had that.

"We added three players as you know - one defender, one midfielder and one attacking player, but for this beginning of the season we lost important players too", the former Chelsea manager added.