JOSE Mourinho claims he supports Uefa Financial Fair Play but you can tell he hates it. For a few months now, he's been hovering over the subject like a hawk quartering its prey.
Almost every press conference comes with a swipe at the rules attached, usually followed by Mourinho's insistence that he supports the conc ept. His justification for a series of comments laced with sarcasm appears to be the fact that he doesn't believe that FFP is applied equally and fairly.
Perhaps Mourinho has a point about that. It is easy to be cynical about Uefa's imitative when a club under sanction like Manchester City can sign a £35m striker like Wilfred Bony to fill a mid-season need created by injuries.
But in Chelsea's case, certainly, Uefa's rules are having a big impact on Mourinho and his frustration is palpable.
Where there are rules, there will be smart people trying to find creative ways to work them and it would seem that Manchester City have better suits than Chelsea have in that area. Frank Lampard and Bony provide evidence of that.
It may well be that Mourinho's sour comments about Bony's signing are nothing more than that and that Pellegrini's accountants have followed FFP to the letter. The fact that Chelsea had to send 24 players out on loan to take the load off their wage bill tells it's own story.
For Mourinho, however, it is about much more than a perceived injustice and the belief that Manuel Pellegrini has been ableto tilt the title race in his favour by spending some money.
After his reserve team played like chumps against Bradford, the veil dropped briefly and he gave a very downbeat assessment of his squad's depth.
"I don't make many changes. I try to keep stability in the team. Maybe now you can understand a bit better. We cannot now go to the market and spend money. So I'm completely with the club. I share this idea. I don't think we are going to the market."
It is very difficult to believe that Mourinho supports FFP and it must be excruciating for him to see Pellegrini and Louis van Gaal lashing money around the transfer market while he sits on his hands.
But when you look at Chelsea's transfer business since Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge, his claim that he has been handicapped in some way looks hilarious.
Mourinho has spent about £200m and brought in 16 players. Apparently, he can barely cobble together a team out of that lot.
Oddly enough, Chelsea are five points clear at the top of the Premier League, qualified for the knock-out phase of the Champions League without too much fuss and face-off against Liverpool at home tonight for a Wembley date in the League Cup final.
That's the context for Mourinho's plaintive bleating about Financial Fair play and reveals the true nature of his gripe.
In reality, Chelsea are doing better than fine but poor Jose is not getting his own way. If he was a child, you'd say too much sugar and send him to his room.
Perhaps he would be better served examining why some of the players he spent so much money on, like Kurt Zouma and Mohamed Salah who cost £23m between them, are not trusted in Premier League games and only appear in Cups.
Or, more important and relevant, how he failed to motivate millionaires against minnows.