x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

I'm the Special One: Jose Mourinho in quotes

Here are some of the Portuguese coach's most memorable lines over the years as well as what others have said about him.

Jose Mourinho has been media-savvy during his tenures in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain. Angel Martinez / Getty Images
Jose Mourinho has been media-savvy during his tenures in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain. Angel Martinez / Getty Images


As Porto coach

"The only thing that I want to say is that we are the best ones and in normal conditions we are more than the best ones. In normal conditions we will be champions. In abnormal conditions we also will be champions."

After being appointed at Chelsea

"Please don't call me arrogant, but I'm European champion and I think I'm a special one."

Reflecting on his move from Porto to Chelsea

"If I had wanted to be protected in a quiet job, I could have stayed at Porto. I would have been second, after God, in the eyes of the fans even if I had never won another thing."

Pressure of Premier League title race in 2006

"For me, pressure is bird flu. I'm feeling a lot of pressure with the swan in Scotland. It's not fun and I'm more scared of it than football."

Tottenham Hotspur's tactics in 0-0 draw with Chelsea

"As we say in Portugal, they brought the bus and they left the bus in front of the goal."

An injury crisis at Chelsea

"It is like having a blanket that is too small for the bed. You pull the blanket up to keep your chest warm and your feet stick out. I cannot buy a bigger blanket because the supermarket is closed. But I am content because the blanket is cashmere. It is no ordinary blanket."

Feeling the financial pinch at the club

"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 and you cannot go there, you have a problem."

Contemplating a film on his life

"If they made a film of my life, I think they should get George Clooney to play me. He's a fantastic actor and my wife thinks he would be ideal."

At Inter Milan

"I am very happy at Inter. I am not happy in Italian football - because I don't like it and they don't like me. Simple."

On former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri

"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.'"

After winning the Primera Liga title with Real Madrid

"Like me or not, I am the only one who won the world's three most important leagues. So maybe instead of the 'Special One', people should start calling me the 'Only One'."

Before the Uefa Champions League semi-final with Barcelona

"One day he [Einstein] said that the only mechanical force more powerful than steam, electricity and atomic energy is will. That Alberto bloke was not stupid. With will you can achieve things."

After Madrid's Champions League defeat to Borussia Dortmund

"I know I am loved in England. I am loved by the fans and the media. They treat me fairly. They give me credit when it is due and criticise when it is deserved. I am loved by some clubs, especially one. In Spain it is different, some people hate me, many of you in this room."



Arsene Wenger, Arsenal manager

"He's out of order, disconnected with reality and disrespectful. When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes and not more intelligent."

Sir Alex Ferguson, former Manchester United manager

"He was certainly full of it, calling me 'boss' and 'big man' when we had our post-match drink after the first leg. But it would help if his greetings were accompanied by a decent glass of wine. What he gave me was paint-stripper."

Rafa Benitez, former Liverpool manager

"We were good friends until Liverpool started winning, then he started changing his mind."

Pietro lo Monaco, Catania director

"Mourinho is simply someone who should be smacked in the mouth."


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