Chelsea Boss Jose Mourinho Criticises Financial Fair Play For Protecting Champions League Elite

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The Portuguese thinks clubs such as Manchester United and Real Madrid gain an advantage from the rule…

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has criticised the financial fair play rule for protecting “historical, old, big clubs,” reports the Telegraph.

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The 51-year-old believes that the ruling makes it harder for new clubs to break in to the Champions League Elite. Any new owners are now not able to help their sides challenge the established teams by spending big on new players.

This is exactly what the Blues did in 2003 when Roman Abramovich took over the club and they immediately challenged for the Premier League title. In recent years they have had to reign in their mega spending due to the fair play rule. They actually turned a profit in 2013-14.

“I think Financial Fair Play is a contradiction because, when football decided to go for Financial Fair Play it was exactly to put teams in equal conditions to compete,” he said.

“But what happened really with the Financial Fair Play is a big protection to the historical, old, big clubs, which have a financial structure, a commercial structure, everything in place based on historical success for years and years and years.

“And the ‘new’ clubs – I call them ‘new’ clubs, those with new investment – they cannot put themselves quickly at the same level. Clubs with new owners cannot immediately attack the control and the domination of these big clubs.”

This isn’t the first time that the controversial coach has criticised the rules, with him claiming that they had turned the Stamford Bridge outfit in to a “selling club” last year.

None of this has affected the London team though, with them currently leading the Premier league. They are also unbeaten in all competitions at the moment.

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