City boss admires Chelsea boss

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has joined legendary Scottish manager Sir Alex Ferguson as the men that City boss Peter Grant aspires to.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has joined legendary Scottish manager Sir Alex Ferguson as the men that City boss Peter Grant aspires to.

Grant comes faces to face with Mourinho on the Stamford Bridge touchline tomorrow and says it's not Roman Abramovich's millions that have brought Chelsea two Premiership titles in consecutive seasons - it's the “Chosen One” himself.

Mourinho's credentials back that up - he won the Portuguese league title with Porto two years on the trot, before moving to Chelsea and he led them to the Champions League crown and the UEFA Cup.

It was a success rate which promoted Abramovich to lure him to London and supply him with the money he needed to feed his ambitions.


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But Grant says it takes more than money to mould a winning team.

“People talk about the money he has got, but he has still got to manage that, he still has to put teams on the pitch,” said Grant.

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“There is an extra pressure that goes along with that.

“Sir Alex Ferguson has done the exact same thing at Manchester United. There's an extra pressure that goes with that. They have this mentality of winning that they put into their players - what else can you ask for if you have got top quality players, top quality coaches and managers giving you that information.

“You can have all the players in the world, but at the end of the day you have still got to put them out there in a team to win games of football and he has managed to do that more often than not wherever he has been.

“He is obviously one of those guys you look up to, along with Sir Alex Ferguson, to try and emulate and see why they are successful and what separates them from the rest of us.”

Grant and Mourinho have crossed paths before - when the City boss was assistant at West Ham.

“We played against them a few times and you meet them and talk football with them,” said Grant. “The success he has had is fantastic - if you get a quarter of that or a percentage of that you'd be absolutely delighted - not just here, he has done it throughout his career.”

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