José Mourinho calls on FFP rule breakers to be docked points
Chelsea manager is looking for his first league win at Villa Park in six attempts
Chelsea manager José Mourinho had no desire to reflect upon last season’s fractious 1-0 loss at Villa, in which two of his players were dismissed and the manager was sent to the stands. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images
José Mourinho has made a prickly comeback to media duties by offering a familiar reminder that Arsene Wenger escaped sanction for appearing to push the Chelsea manager on the touchline earlier this season, and reaffirming his belief that clubs who flout Uefa’s financial fair play rules, implying Manchester City, should be docked points.
The Portuguese, who will attempt to win his first league game at Villa Park today at the sixth attempt, had risked a Premier League fine for choosing not to address the media either side of last Saturday’s draw with City, having been unhappy with the portrayal of Diego Costa’s challenge on Liverpool’s Emre Can in the League Cup semi-final.
He returned reluctantly to Chelsea’s media theatre yesterday out of obligation, declaring he was not “super happy to be here”, and initially offering only curt responses to broadcasters. He declared the £23.3 million (€31.3 million) signing of Juan Cuadrado to be “normal” and there was no desire to reflect upon last season’s fractious 1-0 loss at Villa, in which two of his players were dismissed and the manager was sent to the stands.
Asked if he expected to be fined for swerving his duties last week, he said: “You know the only surprise I had in relation to that was not to be punished when I was pushed by another manager. Apart from that I can expect everything.”
Mourinho was more forthcoming when it came to Chelsea’s successes in the transfer market in recent times, the league leaders having emerged from the midwinter market with a profit of £7.2 million – courtesy largely of the sales of Andre Schurrle and Ryan Bertrand – despite their successful pursuit of Cuadrado, one of the stellar performers at last summer’s World Cup finals. That was the third window in succession in which Chelsea have recorded a profit in player trading, contrasting markedly with the £28 million spent by City on Wilfried Bony last month, and prompted a familiar refrain from Mourinho on the machinations of FFP.
“It’s something that was explained 18 months ago when I met our owner and the club board before I joined,” said Mourinho. “It was explained the profile of club Mr Abramovich wants, with total respect to the FFP rules.
“The only thing that is not nice is that you compete against [clubs] who don’t follow the same rules. That’s the only problem. I don’t think a team can be champions when you are punished – and it’s happened before [implying City last season] – because the team didn’t comply with FFP.” Asked what sanction would be more appropriate than the fine imposed upon City by Uefa last summer, he added: “Points. Of course.” Guardian Service