Jose Mourinho compliments Paris Saint-Germain’s future ambitions before Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg encounter with the French side.
In previous weeks, the Chelsea manager has pointed out that winning Ligue 1 was an easy task for Laurent Blanc’s men, however the Portuguese unexpectedly changed his criticisms to praise 24 hours before the match.
Mourinho’s team is currently considered as one of Europe’s top clubs, but he believes PSG is currently following in the footsteps of the English club as their mega-rich Qatari owners are trying to emulate what Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has already achieved.
“You can find similarities. When Mr Abramovich bought the club he was ready and keen and the football rules were open to that, so the investment was important,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“Ours was probably the most important investment in that period and as a consequence of that Chelsea built year after year some of the best teams in European football.
“Paris is doing the same, some people don’t understand very well how it will look with Financial Fair Play, but the reality is that in the last two years the investment was massive, that the choice of players was fantastic.
“Leonardo (former sporting director) started here a fantastic period of spending money but buying the right players. At this moment, the team is full of really good players, the passion in the city is also good and the Parc des Princes is a beautiful place to play.
“Now they are dominant in France the same way Chelsea was chasing season after season the Champions League, reaching semi-finals and finals. They are doing the same and they want to win.”
Mourinho still believes PSG are the firm favorites for the away tie and went to compliment Blanc’s current attacking options.
“It’s a team full of fantastic strikers and goalscorers and that is what really makes the difference in this level.
“You look to the teams in the top eight at this moment, all of them good teams, good structures, with a certain philosophy, but after that you go and you see (Barcelona’s Lionel) Messi, (Real Madrid’s Cristiano) Ronaldo, (Borussia Dortmund’s Robert) Lewandowski, Diego Costa, Ibrahimovic, (Edison) Cavani, (Ezequiel) Lavezzi.
“They (PSG) have lots of them. At this level it’s a very important part of a team.”