Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is up to his old tricks again. And why shouldn't he be? After all, he's heading into what should be one of his biggest challenges so far this season.
With a match against former club Chelsea set for Sunday, the Portuguese tactician has seemingly started the duel before kick-off, using the media to aim a shot at Antonio Conte, as well as the other top Premier League managers, without even mentioning names.
Mourinho is one of the most successful football coaches around these days, and in the build-up has decided to remind everyone that he's already won 25 trophies in his coaching career.
He claims that 25 is the benchmark for a successful manager, but wants to win one more to really set himself apart.
“I think that probably 25 trophies is the line that people made about a successful manager,” he said in quotes published by The Times.
“For some managers, they still need to reach one more trophy to reach that 25 level.
"Some others need 25 trophies to reach that level, some others need four, some others need 12, some others they need 15, some others they need 24.
"I have 25, but I still need one more [to go above the landmark]. So maybe when I win one more trophy than 25 I have a little bit of credit. But that’s not a problem.”
As things stand, Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger have each claimed silverware on 21 occasions, while Conte is still quite far off with seven trophies to his name.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, is still waiting for his first.