Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has accused the Blues Premiership rivals of spending big in an effort to win the English league title.
This was a charge the Portuguese manager knows ever so well, after it being used to describe his dealing in the transfer market when wealthy Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich first purchased the club.
Yet despite the big spending in the early days of the Chelsea revival, manger Jose Mourinho has not really made any huge signings, but rather picked up strategic players such as Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matić for a reasonable price.
This summer Chelsea’s only big move was to sign Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco while the clubs closest rivals splash the cash in the hope of catching Chelsea next season.
When speaking about this summer’s transfers Mourinho said: “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.
“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.”
Mourinho was talking following his clubs friendly win over Paris Saint-Germain in North Carolina, where he was blown away with the support from the local fans.
He said: “The people gave us an atmosphere which is not normal because, in the end, this is a friendly match.
“This is a match where you are not obsessed with the result, we just want to train.
“You make changes to the team not tactically, you make changes because you have a plan to give a certain number of minutes to everyone, but the people made it a big atmosphere. Thanks a lot for that.
“Maybe, when we don’t have Stamford Bridge for a couple of years, we can come here and play a couple of matches in the Premier League, because we know the support is fantastic.”