Mourinho: Financial Fair Play protects the big clubs

The Chelsea manager acquired the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa in the summer but believes that the current rules are unfair on emerging clubs striving to reach the top

Jose Mourinho claims Financial Fair Play is a “contradiction”, because it only benefits the biggest clubs in Europe.

The Chelsea manager acquired the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Filipe Luis in the summer but recouped nearly all of the expenditure with a series of high-profile sales, including the €50 million departure of David Luiz to PSG.

Such movement is vital under the conditions of Uefa’s rules, but Mourinho believes those with established riches – such as Barcelona and Real Madrid – are the only clubs who benefit from the conditions, because FFP sets an unfair hierarchy.

“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 told Yahoo.

“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.”

Mourinho also repeated the mantra that Chelsea are “little horses” striving to reach the top, insisting that the Blues have the “ambition to be a great club”, but are not quite yet elite.

“Chelsea is not an old, historical, huge club – but it’s also not a club with a new owner,” he added. “It’s a club with the same owner for more than 10 years. A club with a very important history, with great stability too, and at this moment I think we are just below them.”