Mourinho on Messi: Chelsea have ‘no chance’ of signing Barca star
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho tells Clare Balding that financial fair play rules mean Chelsea stand little chance of ever signing a player like Barca superstar Lionel Messi. Watch the full interview on Christmas Day from 4pm, BT Sport 1.

On signing Messi for Chelsea:
“No I have no chance of that. Because at this moment there is financial fair play and with the financial fair play we have to follow certain rules, certain numbers and we obviously have no conditions to buy, as you say a ‘super amazing player’ paid with ‘super amazing numbers’ that Chelsea at this moment we cannot do.”

On Success:
“I think all around the world, football is an industry where people have a short memory, so for me the measure of my success is to win the next match.”

On being a successful manager who hasn’t played professional football:
“I think I opened the door for others.  When I started having real success by 2003/04, winning UEFA Cup, Champions League and so on. The next generation they have better chances than the previous generations. Before it was the dogma, only top professional football players can do it.”

On his wife advising him not to take the England job:
“She was right. Too early for me. I love the day by day, I love to play, I love the pressure of the day by day, the training, the travelling, the matches, the competitiveness and I remember clearly there was a moment where the next match for England would be in Paris, France v England, a friendly match. And I was already thinking about who to select, who to play, how to do it. She came to me and said ‘when is the next match’, ‘ah the next match is in two months’. What are you doing for two months, what are you doing. what are you thinking, she was saying, forget it, its not for you, maybe in twenty years.”

Mourinho on England: ‘I love the competitiveness’
Watch the full interview on Christmas Day from 4pm, BT Sport 1.

On his proudest achievement:
“As Chelsea manager, I think it was the first Premier League title we won in 2004/05.”
“I’m not the kind of guy that wants to celebrate a lot, the title, because I always believe that’s not the last one.”

On this season:
“I feel we can do it. We are ready to do it, we prepared ourselves to do it. We really believe that we are going to do it. But at the same time, feet on the ground. You have to understand the  country where we play. I think the level of competition in this country makes things more difficult than everywhere, but at the same time its more beautiful because every point is a point, every game is a game and every weekend is a weekend and emotions from the beginning till the end.”
“We are title contenders. We are one of the best teams. We are the team that plays better football and obviously big opponents, but we are title contenders.”

The Christmas period and foreign players:
“The first one is difficult, for them, for myself, not to be in our country, not to be with the family, not to enjoy christmas and not to have one week holiday to enjoy it properly.  The first time you are a bit lost. But after that when you leave it, when you play, when you go to the stadium on boxing day and you look at the stands and you see ladies with their kids, lots of children, lots of happiness and you realise what you are giving to these people, it’s worth the sacrifice. After that you adapt. I missed it when I went to Italy and in Spain, and when I had two weeks holiday in the Christmas period and I was at home watching Premier League matches on Boxing Day, I missed it.”

A players greatest asset:
“The man. Somebody that thinks about the others, that thinks about the team, that is not selfish that is not ego-centric. When you find these guys now, it is like special birth, that you find once in a while. These are the ones that you have to take really good care of them.”

On Mario Balotelli and the book he could write:
“A funny book, a good book! Nice kid, in my time, needed support, needed the older players to support him because it’s not good when that educational relationship is just between the manager and the player.  I always think that it’s important that the people surrounding help the manager in that process. We had funny problems. I told him to be at 2pm in my office for a meeting and when I called him he’d gone to the Formula 1 qualification on the Saturday for the race on Sunday. He said, meetings in your office I can have every day, but to see the Formula 1 is only once a year in Italy, this is a funny situation.” “A couple of days later I had to laugh.”

On Alex Ferguson and the wine he first served:
“It was Chelsea Football Club catering that bought the wine, and obviously the wine was not the top quality that the boss deserves. It was quite funny but disappointing. So the next time we play against each other, I called a friend and I told him, the best I want the best. And from that moment always the same bottle when I play against the boss.”

What makes Sir Alex special:
“Everything, his talent, the time he put his talent at the service of Manchester United and football in general.  The passion that he has put in to everything, and after that in private moments, obviously, a good friend, a good person, a fantastic sense of humour. I like him very, very much.  Now and again I’ve had questions to put to him and the way he has answered to me was always magnificent and a great support.”

On Club v International conflicts:
“When you speak about club football, it’s not so black and what. What I feel in England sometimes is that club international football is not protected by club football domestically.  We played against Sporting a few weeks ago, it was an important match for Sporting and not for us, but Sporting played in Portugal on the Friday to have Saturday, Sunday and Monday to play at Stamford Bridge on the Wednesday. But in England this is impossible, even if you reach later stages like Chelsea did last year.”
“The conflict is not just about national teams and domestic competitions, in terms of clubs, there is also clearly a conflict of interest also between the international football.”

On Portugal Job and would he take it:
“No. They tried to take me lots of times and was only one time I accepted because it was a part time job.”
I wanted to do at the same time club and national team, and at the time I wanted to accept. But my president at the time decided not to let me do the national team job. And after that I reflected and I have to agree it was not possible to do both jobs at the same time. It’s not even ethical for a manager to have two jobs with so many managers without one job, it’s not acceptable.”

On La Liga:
“I won La Liga, I lost La Liga, but I won La Liga. And I know clearly the differences between La Liga and the Premier League. But to go to matches knowing that you are going to win for sure is not the best thing.  In Spain everybody knows that two teams are top of the world, third team like Athletico is doing well and they won last year, which is not normal. But after that there is a huge competitive difference and that’s why the record is 100 points and 126 goals. In England 100 points and 126 goals is impossible. If someone reaches 100 points and scores 126 goals that’s not the best competition for sure, can be the best team, but not the best competition.”

Mourinho on the La Liga: ‘It’s not the best competition’
Watch the full interview on Christmas Day from 4pm, BT Sport 1.

On the press:
“Too many press conferences I think. They are the same press, I know them very, very well. I see them three or four times a week. I think they have a very difficult job.”
“In the week I go six times to the press, the pleasure of trying to find something that can be back page for them is very, very difficult. I think it’s too much and sometimes I think they should be tired of me.”

On his motivation:
“I love my job, it’s as simple as that. And that’s a privilege, because how many people in society have their dream job, and they love their job as much as I do. Not many for sure, most people work to have a life, they work to survive. I have the dream job, I love it so much, I don’t need motivation. I like to train, I like to study opponents, I like to play, I like to analyse the game, I like the feeling of a victory, I like the reaction after the defeat. I like everything.”
“I consider myself a success already. If I finished my career today, what I’ve done would be enough to be a successful manager.  But, I prefer to think that memory in football is short and the next game is the most important thing, and the next title is the most important thing.”

On tackling Olly Murs at SoccerAid:
“I had that feeling so many times in big matches. Being on the touchline the ball being there, the player drilling in front of me, how many times I have the instinct, of oh I would love to kick you just now.”

On his relationship with his family:
“My family makes me happy, more than winning, my family is everything to me, football is clearly, clearly second.”
“If I want to be in control of the remote, I have to be on my own, it’s the only way I have control of the remote, because I control nothing, nothing at all.”

On who the most influential person is on his development as a manager:
“My wife.  She knows nothing about football, she doesn’t like football, but she’s very intelligent and she helped me a lot on many occasions during my career, in the sense of modelling my personality. She’s also very competitive and I thinks she’s the one.

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