A selection of some of the best Jose Mourinho quotes.
"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."As Porto coach, Mourinho demonstrates the confident streak he would go on to develop later in his career.
"Please don’t call me arrogant, but I’m European champion and I think I’m a special one."On his unveiling as Chelsea manager, Mourinho reminds everyone of his achievements at Porto.
"As we say in Portugal, they brought the bus and they left the bus in front of the goal. I would have been frustrated if I had been a supporter who paid £50 to watch this game because Spurs came to defend."A 0-0 draw against Tottenham in 2004 leaves Mourinho seething at the visitors’ defensive tactics.
"I think he is one of these people who is a voyeur. He likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, have a big telescope to see what happens in other families. He speaks, speaks, speaks about Chelsea."Mourinho later apologized for this comment about Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger who he felt was talking a little too much about Chelsea’s affairs in 2005.
"When I saw Rijkaard entering the referee's dressing room I couldn't believe it. When (Didier) Drogba was sent off I didn't get surprised."Mourinho claimed Frank Rijkaard had met with referee Anders Frisk at half-time in a Champions League tie against Barcelona in 2005. The claim prompted Frisk to retire later that year.
"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."Mourinho puts the game into perspective when asked about the pressure Manchester United were exerting on his Chelsea side in the title race.
"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."Mourinho became frustrated with the resources available to him in the transfer market in the final months of his Chelsea stint. He left the club soon afterwards.
"It was a strange game. I think we all understand that it was no coincidence that he showed the red card to Sneijder. I have realized that they are not going to allow us to wrap this title up. But we were perfect. We would have won this game even with seven men. Maybe with six we would have struggled, but we would have won with seven."Mourinho after Inter Milan's Wesley Sneijder had been sent-off in the 2-0 derby win over AC Milan in January 2010. The coach spoke on more than one occasion about an alleged ‘anti-Inter’ bias from Serie A’s referees.
"Boredom by Ranieri? Is it like Sartre’s Nausea, which I used to study."Mourinho goes all literary after Roma coach Claudio Ranieri accuses him of being boring.
"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."Mourinho was never in love with Italian soccer during his two year stay.
"The way they are, tomorrow we will probably read I am to blame for the volcano. Maybe I have a friend in the volcano and I am responsible for that."Mourinho has been one of Barcelona’s fiercest critics after falling out with his former employers during his Chelsea career. Barca were unhappy with certain refereeing decisions in the 3-1 Champions League semi-final first leg defeat at the San Siro. They had to take a two-day coach trip to Milan due to the Icelandic volcano eruption in April 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."Mourinho’s unveilings can be pure theater. There was no mention of his being the ‘Special One’ as he was presented to the Madrid press, but the occasion still produced several stellar quotes.
"I would rather play with 10 men than wait for a player who is late for the bus."Mourinho leaves his Real Madrid players in no doubt about who is boss.
"I live and work in a world where you can’t say what you think, can never say the truth. Not being a hypocrite, a diplomat and a coward is my biggest defect."Mou finds that the Spanish also take exception to his outspoken views.
"You can't win the treble every season. But I've done it twice and I think twice is quite a lot."Modest as ever. "He's a specialist in failure. If I do that in Chelsea (failed to win a trophy), eight years, I leave and don't come back." Mourinho hits back at Wenger who claimed that other managers were 'afraid to fail' by downplaying their chances in the title race.