The Manchester derby is just on the horizon, although before then, Jose Mourinho has to prepare his players for a tough game in Turin against Serie A champions, Juventus.
City themselves, have been in the media for all the wrong reasons recently, as they’ve been trying to dodge Financial Fair Play by cooking their books to make it look like they’re self-sustainable, when in fact, they’re not…
During Mourinho’s pre-match presser, the Portuguese was asked about his thoughts on City’s FFP issues, and he had one short but sweet response:
“I have thoughts from a few years ago, but I keep the thoughts to myself,” Mourinho is quoted as saying by the Evening Standard.
I mean, I think everyone who knows football had these thoughts. It’s simply impossible to pump that much money into a football club and remain in profit – particularly when you’re fan-base isn’t amongst the biggest in the world.
But, it’s UEFA we’re talking about here. No doubt their answer will be to hit them with a fine and that’ll be that. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the only way you’ll stop this is by hitting clubs with real punishments such as removal from competitions and point deductions, but I just don’t think that will ever happen because UEFA competitions earn far too much money – and they’d lose out on revenue if they had to boot out several top teams from their premier tournaments.