Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has claimed Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp received more financial backing than him in the Premier League.
Mourinho spoke about the support Guardiola and Klopp have received in terms of transfer additions since taking over at Manchester City and Liverpool respectively.
“For me it is more complicated as a manager as I don’t focus on the football itself, I have to focus also in what is to prepare the future,” Mourinho said, according to the Guardian.
“I think the future starts to be prepared with principles. That is more important than the football you watch and comment on. It is more important the culture you bring to the club, the principles, so it is a bit more complex.”
“But you have the case of Manchester City. In the first season, Guardiola was not a champion, it was really difficult and people were expecting a winning Manchester City.”
“Some of the players were already championed twice, Sergio Agüero and Vincent Kompany, and in the first, to the second season Pep made great decisions, but great decisions that were supported.”
“For example, he didn’t want Pablo Zabaleta or Bacary Sagna, two right-backs, and he didn’t want Aleksander Kolarov or Gaël Clichy. In the same summer, he sold four full-backs and got four full-backs. He got Kyle Walker, Danilo, Benjamin Mendy and another. He was supported.”
“I think how many players were in Liverpool before Jürgen arrived. No Alisson, no Virgil Van Dijk, no Andrew Robertson, no Mohamed Salah, no Roberto Firmino, no Sadio Mané, no Fabinho, no Georginio Wijnaldum, no Naby Keita, so this is work in depth.”
“If have in your hands the possibility to choose the players you want to follow your football idea, or to follow the idea that you think is the best to win a certain competition, that is one thing. Another thing is if you are not able to do this.”