He said: “Nobody asked me to be champion in the first year. I spent a lot of time speaking about the project with Peter Kenyon (chief executive) and he was not demanding to be champion in the first year. I think we were champion one year in advance.
“Because we were a club without a big history, and it was very important for the club to come up and be big in the world, winning titles was very important.
“Milan, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Bayern Munich – these type of clubs – if they don’t win anything for four, five, six years, nobody can delete their history.
“Nobody comes to steal their cups. So they can spend four, five, six years building a new team.
“Chelsea is a different situation. It is a club that wants to build and be big in the world in every area – marketing, business – and to be big in these areas Chelsea needs some power in what they do.
“So what we did to be champions for these two years was very important for the work top professional people do in this club in the other areas.”