Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claims it is to manage Manchester United than his current side within the mordern confines of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.
United, as one of the biggest earners in world football, have the financial scope to fund a massive squad, while Chelsea are forced to sell players such as Juan Mata to balance the books.
“Yes, it’s easier,” he said.
“It was easier before at Chelsea, but it’s more fun like this. More difficult of course. We sold a lot of players, not just Juan.”
United boss Louis van Gaal will have to make do without defenders Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind, as well as midfielder Michael Carrick for his side’s English Premier League clash with Mourinho’s Blues at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Despite this, Mourinho said: “Their squad is amazing in terms of numbers, players, experience, solutions.
“I have on the big screen in my office, not the team I’m going to play against but the squad and all the options.
“This week, when I arrived in the room, for the first time, I realised what they have. I’m not saying it’s the best squad. It’s a very good squad. I went to QPR with Didier Drogba and no strikers on the bench and, for a long time we were in trouble. You have to cope.”