Chelsea 'can't compete' with the cash of Manchester City

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says it will be "impossible" for clubs to compete with Manchester City, if Financial Fair Play is not enforced.

Manchester City 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic celebrates scoring the winning goal Credit: Reuters

Chelsea beat Manchester City tonight in a top of the table clash at the Etihad Stadium. Branislav Ivanovic's goal ended City's chance to be top of the Premier League.

Samuel Eto'o, Nemanja Matic and Gary Cahill all hit the woodwork as Chelsea looked the better team throughout.

'Attitudes change' over the way clubs spend cash

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.

– Jose Mourinho, Chelsea manager

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Chelsea 'can't compete' with the cash of Manchester City

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says it will be "impossible" for clubs to compete with Manchester City, if Financial Fair Play is not enforced.

Financial Fair Play rules were introduced to stop football clubs spending more than they earn.

Jose Mourinho Credit: Press Association

City's vast spending in an era of Financial Fair Play has come in for repeated criticism from Mourinho - he wants to see the economic regulations are enforced by European football's governing body UEFA. Jose Mourinho said:

"If they (football's authorities) want to make it impossible (to compete with City), it's impossible. (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)."