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Mourinho: 'Impossible' to stop Man City without FFP

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By Andrew Tuft

Monday 03 February 2014

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes that without Financial Fair Play it will be impossible for anyone to compete with Manchester City, Sky Sports has reported.

Jose Mourinho

Mourinho added that Chelsea, despite being owned by Roman Abramovich, are restricted in what they can do because they are adhering to the regulations. Without them, the Portuguese believes, City would be unstoppable.

“If they (football's authorities) want to make it impossible to compete with City, it's impossible,” Mourinho said.

“Chelsea 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 (to do).”

The two sides meet on Monday evening with City going into the game second in the table and Chelsea third, both trailing Arsenal by two points and five points respectively. The Gunners beat Crystal Palace on Sunday to return to the summit.

Mourinho added that when he first came to English football the financial landscape was different and Chelsea were criticised for their heavy spending.

“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,” the manager said.

“In my time we were accused of buying the title, no? Because our owner was Mr Abramovich, just arrived in the country. Maybe now people see City in a different way.

“Times change. Maybe 10 years ago a huge investment in the club was something that people hated and in this moment it's something people accept in a different way.

“Probably, if UEFA goes with Financial Fair Play until the last consequence and they explain really to the people what Financial Fair Play means, 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.”

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