Thrifty Chelsea? Mou better believe it at Stamford Bridge

The international break has provided ample time for reflection on the many positives of Chelsea's season so far, and Blues boss Jose Mourinho has been sharing his views with the media on the perceived pros and cons of football's business side.

During his first season back at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho started to tweak the squad he inherited, and following a season without silverware, he continued the process in the summer.

Remarkably, and for the first time in the Roman Abramovich era, Chelsea's transfer business is making sound economic sense and means they meet UEFA's financial fair play rules.

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Cynics might argue the club were fortunate in securing large fees for Juan Mata, David Luiz and Romelu Lukaku, who fetched over 100 million pounds between them, but Mourinho indicated in a recent interview the Blues were simply playing ball and balancing the books.

"We are making money to be able to spend money," he said. "In every transfer window Chelsea lose players. In the winter one we sold Mata; in the summer one we sold Luiz and Lukaku."

Of course, what Mourinho failed to add was that Mata, Luiz and Lukaku were surplus to his specific requirements, which were a left-back, a new forward line and maybe a new midfield general. The Special One sounded almost lachrymose when talking about the current transfer scenario at the Bridge.

"So Chelsea in this moment is not a spender," he lamented. "Chelsea in this moment is making more money in transfers than the money we spend."

There have been no reports that owner Roman Abramovich is losing his grip on his fortune -- if anything, the Russian billionaire seems as committed to the Chelsea cause as ever, especially with Manchester City now established as the club's most credible title rival.

At the end of last season, City were sanctioned by UEFA over FFP, but the terms appeared nebulous, with the Etihad club indicating the cap meant that net spending in the recent window could not exceed a still-phenomenal 49 million pounds. Not a bad deal, really, considering the fine hardly dented owner Sheikh Mansour's personal net wealth of 17 billion pounds.

The money is there for Mourinho if he needs it and Chelsea won't lose too much sleep over FFP. The recent and shrewd acquisitions of Filipe Luis, Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Loic Remy appear to represent outstanding value in a transfer market that saw fees this summer bloated by a growing sense of desperation among some of the Premier League's elite.

Liverpool were desperate to fill the void left by Luis Suarez; Arsenal desperate to finish higher than fourth. And Manchester United? Simply desperate.

Masterful Mourinho continues to make it sound like a hard-luck story for Chelsea.

"When UEFA decided for financial fair play they were trying to do this to make every team have equal possibilities," he opined. "But the reality is that the big teams, the big clubs, the clubs with more years at the top with more fan base around the world, with more income, are the players that keep being the big spenders."

Amusingly, the Special One wasn't finished yet. "So Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern, Manchester United -- all these huge teams, I think they have an advantage," he said, perhaps overlooking the fact that as of July 2014, Forbes' list of the world's most valuable football clubs ranks Chelsea sixth.

Despite these apparent shortcomings, Mourinho is content with his lot. "At Chelsea we are so happy with the way we are doing things, with this great balance between the income and the money we can spend," he added. "We are so happy with that profile of club we are, we don't want to change."

Amen to that! Why change a successful formula? A 100 percent winning start to the season and a favourable Champions League draw means that for now it's all smiles at Stamford Bridge.