Jose Mourinho has been unimpressed with City’s big-spending attitude…
Jose Mourinho has risked the wrath of Manchester City’s officials and supporters by claiming that the Financial Fair Play punishments they have received this season are not harsh enough.
As the Metro reports, Manchester City, along with Paris Saint-Germain, were among the first clubs to be punished by UEFA for breaching the FFP rules this summer.
This resulted in Manuel Pellegrini’s side being fined £49m, while they have also been limited to a 21-man Champions League squad (usually 25). In addition, they were only allowed to make a net spend of £49m in the recent summer transfer window.
But the Chelsea manager, who travels to the Etihad Stadium today five points clear of the champions, has claimed that potential punishments should also include points deductions and the removal of titles, thus acting as a substantial deterrent.
Mourinho said: “Are the fines fair? I don’t think so. What is fair is to remove points and titles. If you have capital as a club, that allows you to overcome Financial Fair Play. If you win titles and are then penalised economically, you just continue.
“If you have to take one or two players off your list for the Champions League and instead of going with 24 go with 22, no problem. But say you start the next championship with six points deducted, which means that you don’t play the Champions League but in the Europa League – that is more complicated.
“The teams that benefit from this are the most powerful economically, with more history and more followers. Right now, with FFP, Chelsea cannot cheat. So we have become a team like any other, managing our resources in a rational manner.”
Of course, in the early days of Mourinho’s first spell at Stamford Bridge, he was backed by the spending power of club owner Jose Mourinho, and helped transform the Blues into regular title contenders both domestically, and in Europe.
But more recently, they have had to be more clever with their transfer business. This summer they sold the likes of David Luiz, Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku for big money to allow them to still sign players such as Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa.
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