Chelsea manager and master manipulator Jose Mourinho says that his club can’t compete withe Manchester City’s cash, as the two clubs are set to face each other in one of the biggest games of the 2013/14 Premier League season.
In his press conference, Mourinho said:
“If City want to make it impossible [to follow FFP rules], yes it’s impossible because we are not competing outside what is important for us: the fair financial fair play. 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].”
“Back [when Roman Abramrovich arrived at Stamford Bridge a decade ago] it was a free world. There was no financial fair play. If your club was a rich one, your owner a rich one, there were no rules. It was an open situation.
“I don’t envy the fact that [Manchester City] 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 realize that some teams are different to other teams. But it’s something I don’t think about at this moment.”
For someone who doesn’t think about the topic at this moment, he has a lot to say.
Here are today’s world soccer news headlines:
- José Mourinho says Chelsea ‘can’t compete’ with Manchester City’s cash — The Guardian
- Anderson: Lots of Manchester United players ‘want out’ — Manchester Evening News
- José Mourinho: the great manipulator faces his toughest test — The Guardian
- Arsène Wenger says injured midfielder Kim Kallstrom may never play for north London club — The Telegraph
- Arsene Wenger admits ‘I would not have signed him’ had he known about midfielder’s back injury — Independent
- French ‘quenelle’ comedian banned from UK to prevent him from appearing at Anelka’s appeal — The Guardian
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Wilfried Zaha can be next Cristiano Ronaldo — MEN
- Fenerbahce bid for Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse — Newcastle Chronicle
- Aston Villa not for sale, insists chief executive — The Telegraph
- West Ham appeal against Andy Carroll red card — The Independent
- Newcastle and Norwich players charged following fiery EPL encounter at Carrow Road — Telegraph
- Police release pictures of three Tottenham fans who may have thrown coins at Arsenal’s Theo Walcott — 101GG
- Rennes winger Jonathan Pitroipa almost joined Stoke in late deal — Sky Sports
- Rene Meulensteen reveals conversations with Sir Alex Ferguson in bid to save club from relegation — Independent
- BT Sport must focus on product, not profits, as it celebrates its six-month anniversary — Telegraph
- Reds not at fault for Yevhen Konoplyanka deal collapse, insists Brendan Rodgers — Metro
- Swansea board split over Michael Laudrup’s future — Sky Sports
- Michael Laudrup’s future is not on the agenda for Swansea City board — Evening Post
- Brian McDermott refuses to walk away from Leeds despite takeover chaos — The Guardian
- Leeds United fans rally behind Brian McDermott as shambles engulfs club — The Guardian
- There are a lot more Racing Santanders than Real Madrids and Barcelonas — Soccer Report Extra
- Barcelona star Neymar returns to training after ankle injury — Sky Sports
- Cristiano Ronaldo sent off in Real Madrid’s draw at Athletic Bilbao — The Guardian
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