Jose Mourinho ready for emotional Chelsea return

Yet while Mourinho, who quit Real Madrid at the end of last season, claims the contest will be more open than in recent years, he believes quality at the head of the table is not what it was. Chelsea's Brazil defender David Luiz is ruled out, while Spanish midfielder Juan Mata faces a late test on an injury picked up in pre-season.

updated: August 17, 2013 10:00 IST
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London: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes the Premier League title race will be more open than ever ahead of his long-awaited return in Sunday's season opener against Hull.

Mourinho will be back in the Stamford Bridge dug-out for the visit of Steve Bruce's newly-promoted team, six years after he left the club following a glorious three-year reign.

The Portuguese guided the Blues to successive league titles and his return has seen Chelsea installed by many as favourites to take the crown away from reigning champions Manchester United.

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