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28 July 2005 | ©

Jose Mourinho has insisted that he has the hardest job in the Premiership because he has so much money to spend.

The Chelsea manager, reputedly the best-paid manager in Europe, says that spending Roman Abramovich's billions is actually a very tricky job.

There is, however, no indication that he is planning on making a multi-million donation to say, Wigan's Paul Jewell or his cash-strapped rivals at Arsenal.

"Buying players for Chelsea is the hardest job in the Premier League because of our quality," Mourinho told startled reporters in New York.

"It's very difficult to buy players for Chelsea because of the level of players we want. Shaun Wright-Phillips was the most important player in Manchester City, so is difficult to get.

"Del Horno plays for the Spanish national team and is the biggest face in Athletic Bilbao, while Essien is a crucial player for Lyon.

"Because of Chelsea's squad level, we want big players from good teams and they don't want to sell. They make it difficult, they ask for sometimes crazy prices, so it's very difficult.

"If I'm in a medium team and you give me £20 million I can buy six players. I think it's easier."

Even inheriting goalkeepers of the calibre of Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini isn't enough to pacify poor Mourinho.

"You think it's easy to buy a goalkeeper for Chelsea?" Mourinho continued. "Where is the goalkeeper better than Petr Cech or Carlo Cudicini?

"How can I improve that position? I can't. Where can I get a better central defender than what I have? I can't. Where can I find a midfielder to improve our group?"

Such is the extent of Chelsea's difficulties that the unfortunate coach can't be certain of who should be in his first-team as both his 'A' and 'B' teams are capable of retaining the Premiership.

"In this moment people have seen Chelsea play Milan with two teams and you couldn't say at this moment which is the better one," he declared with apparent unhappiness.

"You couldn't say which wingers were better, Joe Cole and Shaun Wright-Phillips in the second half, Damien Duff and Arjen Robben in the first.

"You couldn't say Hernán Crespo or Didier Drogba, John Terry and Robert Huth or William Gallas and Ricardo Carvalho, Petr Cech or Carlo Cudicini, Geremi or Glen Johnson.

"I asked the staff, 'If we play tomorrow against Wigan, what is your first XI?' There were four different answers and they were all different from me.

"I will wait 15 days before I decide. We have one of the best squads in Europe. I don't know which team is the second one."

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