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Jose Mourinho has said Manchester City are “untouchable” on the eve of the derby but avoided questions about allegations the Premier League champions have circumvented financial fair play (FFP) rules, reports Reuters.
The United manager said that after three consecutive wins, including an impressive victory over Juventus in midweek, Pep Guardiola knows he is in for a “difficult match.”
Mourinho praised City for their work on and off the pitch after a season during which they won the title by a record 19 points, but he refused to be drawn on allegations published in Der Spiegel that their success has been built on finding ways to get around FFP rules, including organising inflated sponsorship deals.
“It is difficult for me to answer because I focus on my job, I focus on the four lines, focus on football,” Mourinho told a news conference on Friday. “If you want to speak about their football potential, we can speak and football potential starts with investment. “After that, of course, there is a quality of the work, of the organisation. I think that is untouchable but what is behind [the scenes] I cannot say.