Jose Mourinho has taken another dig at the decision to overturn Manchester City‘s European ban and said some clubs can “forget about financial fair play” in order to sign the best players in the world.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned City’s two-year ban from European competition on Monday, saying the club “did not disguise equity funding” but failed to co-operate with UEFA’s authorities investigating alleged rule breaches between 2012 and 2016.
When asked about the club’s potential transfer activity, Mourinho responded: “For some clubs it’s easy, you just break the rules, you forget the financial fair play, you spend what you want and you get the good players.
“For some other clubs, it’s more difficult who want to follow the rules. You don’t want to be seen with the eyes of breaking the rules and not playing a fair competition and for this profile of club, this situation is more complicated but I know what Tottenham is before I sign my contract.”
Spurs need six points from their two remaining Premier League matches to secure a place in the Europa League and Mourinho said he tells his players they are two wins away from winning the competition.
When asked why he would make such a prediction, he responded: “Because I want to motivate my players. I want to motivate myself.
“We need to motivate ourselves. As I said before, I won the Champions League before, the majority of my players played the Champions League final, others didn’t win it but were playing constantly at the Champions league level.
“We need motivation. I don’t want my players to be disappointed with the fact that we don’t play in the Champions League. This is a way to try and motivate the troops.”