Jose Mourinho established himself as one of football tacticians in recent times thanks to his triumphs at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Manchester United.
To many he is the footballs ultimate protagonist due to his team’s tendency to employ ‘anti-football’ tactics as long as they bear good results.
Apart from his prowess as a football manager, his outspoken nature is a hard to miss trait of him, in often landing him in trouble with fellow managers and football players.
Below are some of the best one-liners by the Portuguese.
Best Jose mourinho quotes as Chelsea Manager
"If I wanted to have an easy job…I would have stayed at Porto – beautiful blue chair, the Uefa Champions League trophy, God, and after God, me."
"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."
“Everybody is crying that Chelsea keep winning and winning and winning so I think that draw at Goodison Park makes everyone more happy. It gives people more hope and brings to the Premiership what everybody was waiting for.” On the loss of their 100% league record at Everton – October 2005
“The team is completely close. Anything you say outside, there is no chance it will go inside. So the team is really strong and compact. We know what we want and how to achieve it on the pitch.”
“I don’t want special relations with one of them (his players). I hate to speak about individuals. Players don’t win you trophies, teams win trophies, squads win trophies.”
“I told [Adrian] Mutu, you are already a rich boy, you won a lot of money, you are still in a big contract. So no problem with your future about money, no problem about prestige in your home country. When you go back to Romania you will be one of the kings. But five years after you leave football nobody remembers you. Only if you do big things. This is what makes history.”
Mourinho on his team's injury crisis in 2007
“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.”
Best Jose mourinho quotes as Real Madrid Manager
“I am Jose Mourinho and I don’t change. I arrive with all my qualities and my defects.” – When he was unveiled as the new Real Madrid manager in 2010.
“I am prepared. The more pressure there is, the stronger I am. In Portugal, we say the bigger the ship, the stronger the storm. Fortunately for me, I have always been in big ships. FC Porto was a very big ship in Portugal, Chelsea was also a big ship in England and Inter was a great ship in Italy. Now I’m at Real Madrid, which is considered the biggest ship on the planet.”
“Look, I’m a coach. I’m not Harry Potter. He is magical, but in reality, there is no magic. Magic is fiction and football is real.” After his first game in charge of Real Madrid, a goalless draw against Real Mallorca.
Mourinho During his first press conference as spurs manager
"I'm not going to make the same mistakes. I'm going to make new mistakes.”
Mou on Former Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettion sacking
"He will find happiness soon. He will give everything like he did at this club. He will leave with sadness with the feeling that he did great work. It is what everyone at the club felt."
Joses reply to Claudio Ranierri criticism of his coaching methods.
“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.'”
Mourinho on Sir Alex Ferguson
“But he is a great manager, he is clever and used his power and his prestige. The referee should not allow it. I have a lot of respect for Ferguson. I call him boss because he is the manager’s boss. Maybe when I become 60, the kids will call me the same.”
Jose Mourinho when asked by a Ghanaian journalist if he ever phoned Roman Abramovich to see how he was.
“Would you phone the president of Ghana?”
On his motivation for becoming a manager
“When you have a father, ex-top player, and your dream is to be like him but you feel you couldn’t do it, your motivation comes from that point. I want to be really big in football. I feel I have some conditions to be a coach and manager. I start doing. I start loving it. I go to university and study sports science. This is a real passion and methodology.”
"Fear is not a word in my football dictionary."
"There is only one way to compete, which is patience and time."
Jose Mourinho Jibe towards Arsene Wenger failure to win silverwares.
"If he is right and I am afraid of failure it is because I didn't fail many times. Eight years without silverware, that's failure. He's a specialist in failure. If I do that in Chelsea, eight years, I leave and don't come back."
On what God would think of him
“He must think I’m a great guy, he must think that because otherwise he would not have given me so much.”