"I am still expecting them to be very strong this season, and I actually think that, along with Liverpool, they will be a lot closer to Manchester City this time".
"So I will have to focus on the players I have and in relation to these first couple of matches - maybe three matches because after Spurs (and Burnley on August 27 and September 1 respectively) there is (a) national team (break) and a couple of weeks to recover people and prepare people better".
Richard Scudamore, Premier League executive chairman, said: "We know there are many passionate fans of Premier League clubs right across the Middle East and North Africa, and that BeIN Sports does an excellent job making the competition available to them".
Asked if nothing would happen in or out before the Premier League deadline at 5pm, he said: "The information I have is no (nothing will happen)".More news: Grieving Orca Mother Still Carrying Her Dead Calf. It's Been 16 Days
For others, however, the final hours of the window proved to be frantic, including Everton's late surge, Fulham and Wolves' remarkable activity and Man United's desperate search for a centre-back. As it stands, Alderweireld and Maguire are considered too expensive, while Bayern Munich have knocked back a loan move for Boateng.
"They returned on Monday", he said.
With the World Cup ending on July 15, the Premier League and Football League's decision to bring forward their deadline from August 31 prompted a rush of business.More news: Turkey on the Economic Brink, Explained in a Dozen Charts
Pre-season has clearly been a frustrating time for Mourinho, while a perceived lack of respect for leading his side to second spot last term has got under his skin.
"My view is that, first of all, is hard for me to believe we finished second", he said.
"It is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second - which I keep saying".
"Like any big club, they need some silverware - in his first season at Old Trafford, 2016-17, Mourinho won two trophies - the League Cup and Europa League - but he won nothing last season".More news: Taliban attack strategic Afghan city of Ghazni