Jose Mourinho misses rivalry with Alex Ferguson - round-up

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Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson may have played themselves off as great rivals during their managerial battles, but it seems that behind the nonsense of football, they were actually great friends.

The Chelsea manager returned to the Premier League for a second spell only to see Alex Ferguson heading out the exit door at Old Trafford.

Their last battle was the controversial Champions League second round tie at Old Trafford which saw Cristiano Ronaldo score on his return to the Theatre of Dreams to help Real Madrid to a 2-1 win.

A red card for Nani left Ferguson enraged, but the former Manchester United manager and Mourinho are still able to speak on friendly terms.

Asked if he missed his rival, Mourinho told The Mail: "Not the man, we talk more often now, on the telephone and even personally.

Friends forever

"We met in London, Paris... but I miss a bit my opponent Alex Ferguson. I always asked him a lot of questions."

Recalling a rather memorable exchange between the two, Mourinho detailed what Ferguson said to him before that Champions League tie.

He continued: "I remember a chat we had when he was still coaching, before Manchester United-Real Madrid (in March 2013).

"We both had butterflies in our stomachs and I asked him: 'Does this ever change?'.

"He told me: 'No! It will be like this until the end!'. I told him that was my plan.

"Now I ask him if he’s fine, if he’s happy and if he regrets. And he’s happy."

Man City moaning

In the same interview, Mourinho failed to show any sort of respect to Manchester United's noisy neighbours in blue.

The Citizens, who stood as Chelsea's only serious competition for the Premier League title this season, were fined £49m by Uefa and saw their future spending capped after breaking financial fair player regulations.

But Mourinho wanted a more severe punishment, as he detailed.

He said: "When Manchester City pays off 50 millions of fine because they exceeded the FFP, I think it’s unfair. FFP should be fulfilled and that’s it.

"(Clubs) should be punished with loss of points. Our owner (Roman Abramovich) wants to fulfil FFP. He doesn’t want to enter these dynamics of paying the fine.

"FFP benefits clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern, who have a big fan base and get huge revenues on sponsorship and merchandising. At Chelsea, for instance, we refuse to pay any fine. We live with what we produce."

More praise for Terry

Away from Mourinho, there has been plenty of praise for John Terry for his recent performances against Arsenal and Leicester City. Rio Ferdinand, who was Terry's defensive partner in England's defence for much of the 2000s, says his performances have been outstanding.

However, he did admit that the pair are still not close friends for obvious reasons. 

"It's no secret that me and John Terry are not the closest of mates," Ferdinand wrote in The Sun, as relayed by The Independent.

"His performances for Chelsea this season have been nothing short of outstanding and I'm not afraid to say it. John took the decision to retire from playing for England and had his reasons, but Chelsea are reaping the benefits."

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