Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has emphasised how difficult it is for a club to dominate the Premier League year after year, suggesting that in the current climate it is impossible to do so.
He compared the situation in England to that in Germany, where Bayern Munich have had a firm grip of the Bundesliga title for the last four years and are set to add a fifth in the coming weeks.
The former Real Madrid boss, who took charge at Old Trafford last summer, has reasoned that simple economics explain why life is tougher for the big English sides.
“I have come to a club that has a great and prestigious history, but no club in England, whether it's Manchester United, Liverpool or Manchester City can be dominant permanently. Power has divided,” he told France Football.
“In England, clubs are so economically powerful that the transfer market is open to everyone.
“Take the example of Bayern in Germany.
“You know when they begin to win the title every year? When, the summer before, they buy the best players of Borussia Dortmund! Mario Gotze, then Robert Lewandowski the following year, then Mats Hummels last year.”
Since the inception of the Premier League in 1992-93, six different clubs have won England’s top flight – exactly the same number as have tasted Bundesliga success.