CHELSEA manager Jose Mourinho admits he has had to adopt a different mindset to his first spell in charge because of European financial fair play (FFP) rules.
FFP regulations prevent clubs from running up huge losses in the transfer market, as the Blues, bankrolled by Roman Abramovich’s billions, did when Mourinho first arrived in 2004.
That summer they spent around £90m on stars such as Didier Drogba and Arjen Robben, but the Portuguese insists he is enjoying the new conditions.
“It’s very motivational and demands more from you. You have to think more about every decision and every move. Every wrong move you make has an influence on the future,” he said.
Mourinho believes that the club have prepared well for spending restrictions by snapping up young talent from across Europe, such as Belgians Romelu Lukaku, Kevin de Bruyne and Thibaut Courtois.
“You need to work more closely with the board in the financial area, you have to have a different perspective and a different look at the players on loan and youth football,” he added.
“It’s more global. Instead of just focusing on your team, and your targets and ambitions, it’s an overall view. It’s a different profile of job and I’m happy with that.”
Lukaku, De Bruyne and Courtois enjoyed successful loan spells last season and Mourinho has said he is ready to promote them to the first team. But Courtois could leave on loan again while De Bruyne is a target for Bundesliga sides.