The self acclaimed special one Jose Mourinho has admitted that Manchester City’s lavish spending might lead to Champions League glory but belittled his Group D rivals by claiming they will never be able to buy the history of clubs like Real Madrid.
City face Mourinho’s side at the Bernabeu in an eagerly-awaited opening game a week on Tuesday after the two clubs were drawn in this season’s toughest group alongside Borussia Dortmund and Ajax.
The rivalry has intensified after big-spending City were mentioned as a possible destination should Madrid’s unsettled star Cristiano Ronaldo decide to quit Spain.
Madrid, Barca, Bayern, these clubs have unique historic capital – the trophies, the European Cups, the history, the fans. Things you cannot buy with money.
‘The best players will want to be at these clubs, the three I have mentioned and some others who have trophy cabinets full for almost a century.’
The former Chelsea boss admitted that Sheikh Mansour’s huge investment could be rewarded with a Champions League crown after Roberto Mancini’s team lifted the Premier League title in May.
But he warned that UEFA’s new Financial Fair Play rules will limit cash-rich clubs like City and Paris Saint-Germain.