Chelsea's rivals are trying to buy titles: Jose Mourinho
Known for his astute observations and even more sharp-witted comments, Jose Mourinho has once again shown a seemingly discerning judgement. This time the Chelsea manager has blamed rival English Premier League (EPL) clubs for buying titles.
New Delhi: Known for his astute observations and even more sharp-witted comments, Jose Mourinho has once again shown a seemingly discerning judgement. This time the Chelsea manager has blamed rival English Premier League (EPL) clubs for buying titles.
'In the beginning of Mr. Abramovich coming to Chelsea, Chelsea was buying the title. Now, they are buying the title. All of them, they are buying the title," he said.
The Portuguese made this comment after his side's 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain in an International Champions Cup match in North Carolina.
Chelsea, for a change, are relatively quite in this transfer window, recruiting Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic (£8million), Monaco striker Falcao (loan), Atletico Paranaense midfielder Nathan (£4.5m) and Partizan Belgrade youngster Danilo Pantic, who is expected send out on a loan errand to Vitesse Arnhem.
However, the London-based club spent handsomely in the last year's summer transfer window roping in the services of Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Filipe Luis for an estimated £56.5m.
The signing of Costa from Atletico Madrid proved a master-stroke as the Brizilian-born Spaniard scored heavily to help the Blues win their first league title after five long years, in Mourinho's second season upon arriving at Stamford Bridge for the second time.
The former Real Madrid manager, who has won league titles in as many as four European countries, then said that they will try to fight despite investing little in the transfer market.
"It is up to us to be strong and to fight them and, obviously, to try and win it again, even without the big investments," the former Inter Milan boss said.
Chelsea's direct title rivals Manchester City have already signed Liverpool's Raheem Sterling for £49m, Aston Villa's Fabian Delph for £8m and Patrick Fulham's Roberts for £11m, showing their intent to wrest back the title.
Likewise, City's neighbour Manchester United also spent some big money by signing Memphis Depay from PSV for £31m, Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton for £25m, Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich from £14.4m and Matteo Darmian from Torino for £12.7m.
Other big club Liverpool have been hectic in the transfer market, acquiring the likes of Christian Benteke from Aston Villa for a £32.5m, Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim for £29m, Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton for £12.5m, Joe Gomez from Charlton Athletic for £3.5m, and unattached James Milner and Adam Bogdan. Danny Ings has also joined the Anfield outfit, but his move has been referred to a tribunal for the fee.