Chelsea can’t compete with Manchester City claims Jose Mourinho
Mourinho boasts a squad of world-class players at Stamford Bridge but claims that City are financially superior to his club.
February 3rd, 2014
Chelsea head to the Etihad Stadium on Monday night hoping to draw level with their opponents in the Premier League table, although Jose Mourinho has labelled his side underdogs ahead of the clash, claiming that Manchester City have the riches for a sustained period of success.
The Blues trail City by three points and a defeat in front of the Sky Sports cameras would leave them adrift of Manuel Pellegrini’s team and Arsenal, the latter of whom beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on Sunday.
Despite being the biggest English spenders during the January transfer window, Mourinho has described City’s approach to financial fair play as “dodgy”, claiming that Chelsea can’t compete with their rivals.
“If City want to make it impossible, yes it’s impossible because we are not competing outside what is important for us: the fair financial fair play,” Mourinho said. “We are working, thinking and believing that financial fair play is going to be in practice. So there are things that are impossible for us. Financially, no [we can’t compete].”
Manchester City appear to be popular with neutrals despite a massive financial investment in the club, with the team’s playing style in stark contrast to the defensive tactics of Mourinho, although the Chelsea manager claims the changing times are the reason why the Premier League title favourites are so popular.
“I don’t envy the fact that they have this kind of protection, or whichever word. It’s the way it is. No problem. Teams with success, people tend not to like, no? But times change. Many things people considered wrong 50 years ago are something very normal now.
“Maybe 10 years ago a huge investment in the club was something people hated, but in this moment it’s something people accept in a different way. If Uefa goes with FFP until the last consequence, maybe in that moment people will realise that some teams are different to other teams. But it’s something I don’t think about at this moment.”