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Jose Mourinho’s most quotable quotes as Chelsea manager

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Jose Mourinho’s two stints at Chelsea were defined by character-building performances, unlikely victories, team spirit and, most of all, remarkable wit. Now, with the manager gone, we take a look at the most memorable quotable quotes Mourinho made in all his years in front of the media as Chelsea boss.

The Special One

Mourinho joined Chelsea in June 2004 with a pay package unrivaled in world football. At his debut press conference, he told reporters the hype was justified. I’m “a special one”, he said, and in the process labelled himself with a nickname that he would come to be referred as for posterity.

On Chelsea

“Look, we’re not entertaining? I don’t care, we win.” – on Chelsea’s performance at the start of the 2006-07 season

“After all that has happened this season – and that is a lot – I’ve reached the conclusion that I am a good loser.” – after losing the Premiership title to Manchester United in the 2006-07 season.

“Everyone in the club must feel we have a good relationship between us. If Mr Abramovich wants to be in on the training session that’s fantastic. Or, if at the end of the match he wants to go the dressing room, for me it’s great. It’s never a problem. – After meeting Abramovich for the first time.

“If Roman Abramovich helped me out in training we would be bottom of the league and if I had to work in his world of big business, we would be bankrupt!” – A few years later

“They have to enjoy playing for me and Chelsea but they don’t have to be in love with me.” – Referring to his Chelsea players

“Ricardo Carvalho seems to have problems understanding things, maybe he should have an IQ test, or go to a mental hospital or something” – After Carvalho blasted Mourinho for not picking him to play

“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.” – Commenting on the lack of funds available to strengthen the Chelsea squad

“Why drive Aston Martin all the time, when I have Ferrari and Porsche as well? That would just be stupid.” – When asked about rotating Joe Cole, Arjen Robben and Damien Duff

The happy one

After stints at Inter Milan and Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea in 2013. He told reporters he was now “the happy one”.

I have nothing to say

After Liverpool crushed Chelsea in a 3-1 demolition at Stamford Bridge in October 2015, Mourinho, for oerhaps the first time ever, was at a loss for words. He could only utter “I have nothing to say” numerous times in an extremely awkward post-match interview.

On other players

“I saw their players and manager go for a lap of honour after losing to us in their last home game. In Portugal if you do this, they throw bottles at you.” – on Manchester United

“Barcelona is a cultural city with many great theatres and this boy [Lionel Messi] has learned very well. He’s learned play-acting.” – After Messi got Asier Del Horno sent off in their defeat against Barcelona in February 2006

Wenger is a specialist in failure

Mourinho never hit it off with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. In his time in England, Mourinho has called Wenger a voyeur, and a specialist is failure. Wenger, alluding to Mourinho, had said Premier League bosses were playing down their chances at the title, because they “fear to fail”.

“He’s a specialist in failure,” Mourinho said, launching into a tirade against his rival. “If I do that in Chelsea, eight years [without a trophy], I leave and don’t come back.”

On other managers

“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.” – on Arsene Wenger

“Maybe when I turn 60 and have been managing in the same league for 20 years and have the respect of everybody I will have the power to speak to people and make them tremble a little bit.” – On Sir Alex Ferguson – January 2005

“I don’t want him to teach me how to lose 4-0 in a Champions League final because I don’t want to learn that” – questioning Johan Cruyff after he criticized his team style of play

Betrayed

After the defeat to Leicester City, which turned out to be his last in charge of Chelsea, Mourinho said in his post-match interview that he felt his players had “betrayed his work”.

On himself

“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.”

“Pressure? What pressure? Pressure is poor people in the world trying to feed their families. There is no pressure in football” – Speaking in a post-match interview

“So I know all about the ups and downs of football, I know that one day I will be sacked.”

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