One of the most flamboyant characters in the game over the last 10 years, Jose Mourinho has grabbed his share of headlines. The Portuguese manager returned to Chelsea last year after successful stints at Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
King of the chat and master of the tactics board, Mourinho departed Stamford Bridge in September 2007. This was off the back of a number of different trophies. While in charge of the Blues for the first time, Mourinho achieved the FA Cup not to mention two Premier League and League Cups.
His enormous reputation grew and after a falling out with Roman Abramovich, the little maestro was off to sunnier climbs. This time he was snapped up by Massimo Moratti at Internazionale where he won the lot. Mourinho’s tenure culminated in the 2010 UEFA Champions League Final. This pitted his Nerazzurri against the might of German giants Bayern Munich.
Managed by current Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal, Mourinho became part of an exclusive club. He defeated Bayern by two goals to nil and helped Inter win the Champions League for the first time in 44 years. As a result, Mourinho was to become one of only a handful of coaches to win the trophy with two different clubs.
He overcame the odds at Real Madrid to lead them to a La Liga title and beat Barcelona to the prize. However, this was not enough for the powers that be and the door was shut on his reign as Madrid boss.
Now back at Chelsea, Mourinho still pleases both the crowd and media circus who literally wait on his every word. Not only is he notorious for his brutal honesty but now and again Mourinho stops the world still with his more unique citations. Here are a just a few of them.
15 Arsene Wenger
The Frenchman and Mourinho do share a not so “special” relationship which erupted under his first reign at Stamford Bridge. Before a match against Arsenal, he was quoted when asked about Wenger that he:
“Has a real problem with us and I think he is what you call in England a voyeur," said Mouniho. "He is someone who likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, have this big telescope to look into the homes of other people and see what is happening. Wenger must be one of them - and it is a sickness.”
14 The Special One
When Jose Mourinho took charge for the first time at Stamford Bridge, his initial press conference was extremely riveting. Everyone was gripped to their microphones and tape recorders as the Portuguese delivered a memorable quote that was to be replayed countless times. Asked on becoming the new Blues boss, his response was:
"I have top players and I'm sorry, we have a top manager. Please do not call me arrogant because what I say is true. I'm European champion, I'm not one out of the bottle, I think I'm a special one."
13 Sir Alex Ferguson
After one of the biggest games of the season between Manchester United and Chelsea, Mourinho was at it once again with his footballing pearls of wisdom. When commenting on whether he and Ferguson shared a drink no matter what the outcome might be, he proclaimed:
"After the game, after the press conference, we were together in my office. The wine we were drinking was very bad and he was complaining. When we go to Old Trafford it's my birthday and I will go with a beautiful bottle of Portuguese wine."
This next quote is a real world beater and it will no doubt crack some people up. This food based quote is all about eggs (pardon the pun) and will certainly scramble anyone’s brains. When asked about what style of football Mourinho was playing, his response was:
"The style of how we play is very important. But it is omelettes and eggs. No eggs - no omelettes! It depends on the quality of the eggs. In the supermarket you have class one, two or class three eggs and some are more expensive than others and some give you better omelettes. So when the class one eggs are in Waitrose, a premium supermarket and you cannot go there, you have a problem."
11 The Only One
At the start of the 2012-13 campaign, Jose Mourinho addressed the press by asking if they called him “The Only One”. This was at the time when he was in charge at the Bernabeu and was a typical emphatic response from the former translator; “Like me or not, I am the only one who has won the world’s three most important leagues. So, maybe instead of the ‘Special One’, people should start calling me the ‘Only One’.”
10 Bird Flu
After Chelsea had defended their league title back in 2006, a serious avian flu epidemic was erupting north of the border in Scotland. This was of course met with typical Mourinho wit as well as defiance at a press conference. He was answering questions surrounding the immense pressures heaped on a top level manager. His response was naturally as clinical as ever:
“For me, pressure is bird flu. I’m feeling a lot of pressure with the problem in Scotland. It’s not fun and I’m more scared of it than football.”
9 The Happy One
On returning to his home of Stamford Bridge for the second time, it was like the Messiah had returned for some fans. It was certainly an emotional moment when it was announced that Mourinho was to return take charge of Chelsea Football Club. Yet he was always going to come up with a clever one liner as the press gathered for his first conference. Asked about his return to Chelsea, he declared that he had become the “Happy One”
8 Frank Rijkaard
Under the first spell of Mourinho, there can be no denying the fact that Chelsea had a tempestuous relationship with FC Barcelona. After a few controversial Champions League ties, there was certainly bad blood between Messers Mourinho and Rijkaard. This led to the Portuguese coach coming up with one of the most famous quotes in his repertoire. On the rivalry between himself and the Dutchman, Mourinho stated:
“My history as a manager cannot be compared with Frank Rijkaard’s history. He has zero trophies and I have a lot of them.”
7 Zlatan Ibrahimovic
After going on to win the prestigious Ballon d’Or award in 2008, this was not enough for Cristiano Ronaldo. In addition, he had to endure a slight dig on behalf of one Jose Mourinho about picking up this particular honour. His compatriot insisted that Ibra was far better than the Portuguese star:
"Ronaldo is a good player but he is certainly not the best. He deserved the Golden Ball award because his team won the Champions League and the Premier League. But, for me, Ibrahimovic is the best.”
6 Wenger – Part Two
Mourinho has a knack for coming up with quotes from the ridiculous to the sublime. Again he had a talent of stirring the pot especially when it came to big matches. This took place before another Chelsea versus Arsenal game in which Mourinho taunted Arsene Wenger and former chairman by saying:
“Some clubs are treated as devils, some are treated as angels. I don’t think we are so ugly that we should be seen as the devil and I don’t think Arsene Wenger and David Dein are so beautiful that they should be viewed as angels.”
5 Real Madrid
After moving from winning the Champions League with Inter Milan, Jose Mourinho clocked up the managerial miles when he took over at Real Madrid. There was plenty of controversy swirling around the Bernabeu at that particular time in 2010. Yet the Chosen One slipped his shoes under the desk at Madrid to much furore. After he was revealed as the manager of Los Blancos he commented:
“I am Jose Mourinho and I don’t change. I arrive with all my qualities and my defects.”
4 Language Lessons
They say the language of love is the most powerful force. However as far as going back to school is concerned, Jose Mourinho had plenty to say on the subject. When the Portuguese manager was criticized in 2008 about his coaching methods by former Juventus boss Claudio Ranieri, Mourinho said:
“I studied Italian five hours a day for many months to ensure I could communicate with the players, media and fans. Ranieri had been in England for five years and still struggled to say ‘good morning’ and ‘good afternoon.”
3 Lionel Messi
Even the best player in the world is not spared the hairdryer treatment from Jose Mourinho. This came during his first stint whilst in charge at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho’s men had been beaten by two goals to one by FC Barcelona. The latter included the little Argentine maestro who had been involved in a red card incident. This involved defender Asier Del Horno who was given his marching orders and Mourinho was pointing the finger directly at Messi. When asked about the specific event, Mourinho proclaimed; “How do you say cheating in Catalan?”
2 Ghost Goal
One of the most controversial games in recent Champions League history pitted Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea against Liverpool. It was a semi-final tie second leg showdown with the victors heading to the final. Rafa Benitez and his Liverpool team triumphed in the end but it will be most remembered for the goal that never was. Luis Garcia was responsible for the strike which was given amid a shroud of debate. Although this was to be Liverpool’s year as they beat AC Milan on penalties, Mourinho provided a golden quote on the infamous ghost goal:
“The linesman scored the goal. No one knows if that shot went over the line and you must be 100%”
1 Time Wasting
Only Arsenal had gone the entire season unbeaten back in 2004. The Invincibles as they were called never a lost a match during the whole Premier League season which still remains a record. Chelsea and Jose Mourinho were tipped to do the same thing this season until they took a trip to St. James Park. December was unfortunately not to be the season of good will as Newcastle beat Mourinho's men by a score of 2-1. A brace from Papiss Cisse was enough to end the Blues unbeaten run this season. However, there was plenty of alleged time wasting going on by the Geordies including by the ballboys. Mourinho was not happy and unleashed an intriguing comment surrounding Newcastle’s ability to waste time:
“You may as well put a cow in the middle of the pitch, walking. And then stop the game because there was a cow.”