Saturday, October 6, 2007
Jose Mourinho will be missed by Chelsea fans for his ability as a manager. But he'll also be missed for his bizarre quotes before and after matches.
1. "Please don't call me arrogant, but I'm European champion and I think I'm a special one."
This one is from 2004.
2. "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."
This one is from this week.
3. "Maybe one day when I become sixty, and maybe one day when I am in the same league for twenty years and I know everybody, and everybody respects me a lot, I'll have this power to speak and people will tremble a little bit."
4. "It is not a red card, of course not, and for the second time we have to play 55, 60 minutes without a man and the game is completely different. I shouldn't speak about the game, because the game is not a game."
Monday, September 24, 2007
A brief statement on the Blues' official website, read: "Chelsea Football Club and José Mourinho have agreed to part company today (Thursday) by mutual consent."
Mourinho is reported to have text messaged five senior players this evening to tell them that he is leaving the Blues, who could only draw at home with Rosenborg in their opening Champions League tie on Tuesday.
The set-back followed disappointing results in the Premiership against both Aston Villa and Blackburn, results that had left Mourinho visably on edge.
The Portuguese coach was said to have fallen out with owner Roman Abramovich last season, although the dispute was believed to be behind the pair. However, poor form plus difficulties with star names Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Ballack appear to have put further strain on their relationship.
The 'Special One' still had three years left on a contract, worth a staggering £6.5m a year, but Abramovich is believed to be prepared pay a huge slice of that in order to end their relationship.
Mourinho arrived at Chelsea having won the Champions League with Porto in 2004 and he continued his success with back-to-back Premiership titles. However, last season Manchester United beat the Blues to the league crown, although they did manage to lift both domestic cups.
Reports have immediately linked Sevilla boss Juande Ramos with the job and ironically the Spaniard is already in London having seen his side lose 3-0 to Arsenal in their Champions League encounter this evening.
It seems more than likely that current Russia coach Guus Hiddink will also be considered among the frontrunners for the job.bbc.co.uk
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has sensationally left Stamford Bridge by mutual consent, the club has confirmed.
The news comes just 24 hours after the disappointing Champions League draw against Rosenborg.
BBC Radio 5live football correspondent Jonathan Legard understands Mourinho texted senior players, including skipper John Terry, with the news.
Mourinho joined Chelsea in the summer of 2004 and led them to the Premiership title in each of his first two seasons.
His achievements also saw him voted as Premiership manager of the year in 2005 and 2006.
However the Champions League trophy eluded the club and this season's campaign started with Tuesday's shock 1-1 result against the Norwegians in front of a crowd of just 24,973.
It was their third successive game without a win following a 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa and a goalless draw with Blackburn in the Premier League.
Those results have left Chelsea fifth in the table - two points behind leaders Arsenal and with a visit to Manchester United to come on Sunday.
He did have one unique record during his reign in never losing a home league game at Stamford Bridge.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
"It was a good game with good teams but a result that Chelsea didn't deserve at all.
"We dominated the first half, reacted well to their goal and we deserved to get a point at least.
"We made a mistake at the corner for their goal. We shouldn't be conceding goals like that but also had enough chances to score."
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Also, I think that its time for Manchester United to win their first game in the new season. Many important players won't start for Man U. but even in such situation, i strongly believe that they can beat they neighbours.
Fulham screw up yesterdays betting pretty much. Later in the evening, I was a bit lucky so I managed to get Fulham's money back.
Good luck to all. Comments as usual, are welcomed. Cheers.
- Liverpool - Chelsea 1 2.60 (WilHil) 2.50 (Sporlife)
- Manchester City - Manchester United 2 1.90 (WilHil) 1.85 (Sportlife)
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Essien scored the winner in the match against Birmingham
The Ghana star was substituted with 21 minutes remaining of Sunday's 3-2 win.
"It was something in the knee ligament. He was in pain, I had two midfielders on the bench so I made the change immediately," said Mourinho.
"If you asked me, I would say I do not know if he will be fit for Wednesday's match against Reading."
Mourinho enjoyed some positive news as Didier Drogba came off the bench after missing the Community Shield match against Manchester United because of injury, while Claude Makelele and Paulo Ferreira are expected to train on Monday.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Colin Calderwood: Total respect for Mourinho
By Andy Tilley, PA Sport
Nottingham Forest manager Colin Calderwood is hoping some of the 'Special One's' sheen rubs off when the Reds do battle with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The sides meet in an FA Cup fourth-round clash on Sunday with Forest currently lying third in the Coca-Cola League One table, separated by Jose Mourinho's Barclays Premiership aristocrats by 44 places on the league ladder. Calderwood knows the odds are against his City Ground outfit embarrassing their top-flight opponents. But, only three years into his managerial career, he has his fingers crossed he can pick up some tricks of the trade from opposite number Mourinho, who declared himself to be the "special one" when he joined the London club from Porto in June 2004. "My coaching staff and I - as well as the players - will take a lot of things out of this weekend's experience."Colin CalderwoodAnd Calderwood, who arrived on the banks of the River Trent after cutting his teeth at Northampton, said: "I have never met Jose Mourinho and I do not think you should style yourself on anyone else, but my coaching staff and I - as well as the players - will take a lot of things out of this weekend's experience.
"It will be a wonderful occasion for my coaching staff and I hope it will make us better professionals. "Just to try and understand Jose Mourinho and Chelsea's mentality and to pick up bits and pieces down there will be very valuable. "Jose Mourinho has his own style, but what he has done is back up what he has said with fantastic success. "You have obviously got to have total respect for the man." Calderwood's approach is to preach calmness and confidence heading into the game, which he believes his side have a chance of winning regardless of the pronouncements of pundits and the form book. He said: "We cannot allow the nervous energy surrounding the game fatigue us because we need to make sure we are still in the game with 30 minutes gone. "We must stay switched on, because there will be times in the game when we will be forced to defend, but I strongly believe we have got the players and we've got the way of playing that could fashion a chance at Chelsea. "Or maybe we will get that element of luck you sometimes need to score a goal. "The underdogs have always got a chance in the FA Cup and hopefully we can score a goal at a point in the game when it will have a real effect on the result." Meanwhile, Calderwood is also hoping to renew acquaintances with former Forest loanee John Terry, although the injury jinx the pair share is likely to keep the Chelsea and England captain on the sidelines. Terry, who has yet to fully recover from the back troubles which laid him low midway through December, made six appearances as a 19-year-old on loan at the Reds in 2000. Jose MourinhoThe young prospect lined up in the centre of the Forest defence alongside the experienced Calderwood who was, by then, approaching the twilight days of a 19-year professional playing career. "Losing John Terry has been a massive blow for Chelsea," said Calderwood. "I remember playing alongside him in what was my last game for Forest. "It was against Birmingham at St Andrews and we won 1-0, but I got injured in the game and went to Notts County after that. "Even at that time, John Terry was a very strong individual and he made a difference to the senior blokes in training because he was so committed and physical. "You could see he could go on to be outstanding and he reminded me very much of the young Sol Campbell at Tottenham. "Experience is an advantage in football of course but, if you are a young player who can play in high-profile games and games with a high level of physical contact then you have a very bright future in front of you and both those players have gone on to realise that."
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Mourinho in Shevchenko challenge
Mourinho (left) wants a lot more from Shevchenko next season
The Ukrainian, 30, scored four Premiership goals in his first season after arriving for £30m from AC Milan.
"Will he be a Chelsea player next season? He has a contract. If he wants to try everything to improve, of course he will," said Mourinho.
"It's up to him, hopefully he is not happy with what he gave to the team, if he's not happy that's a start."
A hernia operation will rule Shevchenko out of the FA Cup final, and Mourinho added: "Sheva's season was not what everyone was thinking, including myself.
"In his defence he has a history of many years in a completely different culture, that can be on his side."
In contrast to Shevchenko, Mourinho was full of praise for his striker partner Didier Drogba.
Drogba scored 32 goals - including 20 in the Premiership - to become the first Chelsea player in 20 years to lift the Golden Boot.
Mourinho said: "He deserves the Golden Boot, to be top scorer in the Premiership without taking penalties is more than deserved.
"Every goal was a proper goal and I am happy for him," added Mourinho, who fears Chelsea's injury crisis will hit their Cup final plans.
Doubts over the fitness of Ricardo Carvalho could leave Chelsea short in the centre of defence.
And Mourinho admitted that after letting William Galls go to Arsenal and Robert Huth quit for Middlesbrough last summer, his team had found themselves short of cover during the season.
"The only thing we can criticise ourselves on is that in the other seasons we had a group of four central defenders," stated Mourinho.
"This season, we had three. A fit Robert Huth this season would have played 35, 40 matches and played an incredible role."
As Mourinho targets Reading's Steve Sidwell, he also hinted that Chelsea's big-spending days could be over.
He said: "There will be no big investments, we won't be involved in the big market."We don't need a lot of players, just a normal season without so many injuries."
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Mourinho consoles Frank Lampard and John Terry
Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates ensured United claimed the title for the first time since 2003.
"I have to say maybe I'm prouder now than when we were champions," said Mourinho. "All season my players have been heroes against everything.
"This was a game to remember and showed how big Chelsea are as a club."
Mourinho offered his congratulations to Manchester United, but could not bring himself to say that the best team had won the title.
"It doesn't matter, what matters is the team with more points is the champion," added Mourinho.
"I have to congratulate the champions, the players, the manager, the fans, the board; all the people that helped them to be champions.
Mourinho pinpointed Chelsea's lack of defensive cover for centre-back Ricardo Carvalho as why the defending champions had failed to win the Premiership for a third successive time.
"We had a big problem only to play all season only with Carvalho at centre-half but now is not the moment to talk about that.
"I'm very proud of my players. Normally when a team has a lot of success and loses a championship it's lack of motivation, not the same spirit or ambition, but it was exactly the opposite."My team was brilliant."
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Mourinho tells his players to applaud the fans after the defeat at Anfield
The Londoners were beaten 4-1 on spot-kicks after Liverpool cancelled out Chelsea's 1-0 first-leg lead.
"It is a moment when everybody has to be strong," he said. "My players have a lot of reasons to be proud.
"We were the best team today, even against a team only playing for the Champions League."
"My players did a great run in the Champions League."
Mourinho also denied that his pre-match spat with Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez helped inspire Liverpool to victory.He added: "I respected Liverpool always in my words. I don't need to say more and today I think the best team was Chelsea."
Monday, April 30, 2007
As Gary Speed so amusingly explained, the pre-match reports of Sam Allardyce's imminent departure did not unsettle a united Bolton dressing room. "Half our lads can't read and the other half can't speak English," said the skipper with a wry smile.
But Chelsea's players performed in a fashion that suggested they had agonised over every word of their manager's programme notes.
"Welcome to our 59th game of the season and Bolton's 41st," wrote Jose Mourinho.
"On Wednesday we took a halftime lead in the Champions League semi-final. Bolton had a rest. They were able to prepare for today's match. We have had to rest."
If Mourinho was trying to convince his side they remained capable of winning an unprecedented Quadruple, reminding them just how demanding a season it has been was perhaps not the wisest thing to do. Nor, for that matter, was making six changes to a team who, having beaten Liverpool on Wednesday, now have to bounce back from this crushing setback and protect a one-goal advantage at Anfield tomorrow night.
Fortunately for Chelsea, Mourinho seemed keen to focus minds on the next challenge rather than dwell too long on what went wrong here.
He could not help but have another pop at Cristiano Ronaldo. His ego once again got the better of him there.
Mourinho did, however, dismiss talk of another conspiracy when it was pointed out that Manchester United's equaliser at Goodison Park had been scored by the brother of the United captain'.
A certain Phil Neville no less, once of Old Trafford and now of Everton and someone, Mourinho may now have seen, who had his hair ruffled by an ecstatic Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of his team's 4-2 victory.
Mourinho said he was nobody to doubt the moral integrity of a player' and then did his best to ignore the fact that he may have lost his best defender of the season' for the second leg of Chelsea's Champions League semi-final.
Ricardo Carvalho's knee injury was bad', he said, before noting the Portuguese centre half's absence when Chelsea lost at Anfield in the Premiership earlier this season.
Surgery for Michael Ballack means the German will also be missing but Mourinho was determined to look on the bright side.
When they lost to Liverpool in the Champions League semifinal two years ago they had just won the title with victory at Bolton. "Who knows," he said.
"This time we lose two crucial points and we go there and we go to the Final."
The positive mental attitude mantra then continued. "It's always better when you win," he said. "Happiness helps your legs and your physical condition.
"But I think it helps having the game on Tuesday because there is no time to be sad. It is very, very important to be strong mentally and to understand the big game we are playing on Tuesday. That's the best way to forget it."
Mourinho delivered a rousing speech to his players immediately after this match. "I had my team-talk with them after the game," he revealed. "It was nothing special but I wanted them to remember where we are and what we are doing and what we have to do.
"They have still achieved a lot and have a lot they can win. They have a big chance on Tuesday to do something incredible for their careers and for this club.
"We won two titles in England in the previous two seasons and we tried, and we keep trying, to get the Treble.
"But if we can reach another final, like we reached two already this season, the Carling Cup and the FA Cup, if we can reach the Champions League Final, be second in the Premiership and reach three finals, that will be an unbelievable feeling."
Second in the Premiership? It appears he has now all but conceded defeat in the title race.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Just think how much less interesting the Premiership would be without Jose.
1 'Please don't call me arrogant, but I'm European champion and I think I'm a special one.'
The quote that started it all, uttered not long after Mourinho had arrived at Chelsea, in 2004.
2 '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.'
Only God is more special than Jose and don't you forget it.
3 'We have top players and, sorry if I'm arrogant, we have a top manager.'
Don't apologise for being arrogant Jose. It never stopped you before.
4 'The best team lost. After they scored only one team played, the other one just defended for the whole game.'
Jose is not a happy bunny when Liverpool knock Chelsea out of the Champions League semi final in 2005.
5 'I want to give my congratulations to them because they won. But we were the best team. We didn't lose the game.'
After Chelsea lost to Charlton in the 2005 Carling Cup. You see a 'best team lost' theme here?
6 'My history as a manager cannot be compared with Frank Rijkaard's history. He has zero trophies and I have a lot of them…'
I bet Mourinho's dad is harder than Rijkaard's dad too.
7 'We are on top at the moment but not because of the club's financial power. We are in contention for a lot of trophies because of my hard work.'
Yes, but the multi-millions sure help.
8 'The crowd is magnificent, singing "F**k off Mourinho!" and so on…'
Only Jose is arrogant enough to be flattered by abuse from the terraces.
9 'Who were (Frank) Lampard, (John) Terry and (Didier) Drogba two years ago? They were certainly not world stars. And in this moment who are they?'
Well done, you have indeed turned shit into gold.
10 'Barcelona have a great club. But in 200 years of history they have won the European Cup only once. I have been managing for a few years and I have already won the same amount.'
Well, he had a point - until Barca went on to win the Champions League in 2006.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
José Mourinho, (full name: José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix) (born January 26, 1963 in Setúbal) is a Portuguese football manager and the current manager of Premier League club Chelsea. He is the son of Félix Mourinho, a former Portuguese international goalkeeper.
Mourinho is considered to be one of the best coaches in Europe, having won four consecutive league titles (two at Porto and two at Chelsea) and also the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Cup with Porto. For two consecutive years (2004 and 2005), Mourinho was named the world's best football coach by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS). He is well-known for his self-belief, dapper attire, and has at times been a controversial figure.
Mourinho's playing career consisted of a few generally unsuccessful spells at small clubs. His clear aptitude was his impressive managing and organisational ability and from an early age he prepared match reports and dossiers for his father's teams. He also has a degree in Physical Education, specialising in sports methodology and worked as a high school coach.
After low-key backroom jobs at Estrela da Amadora and his hometown club Vitória de Setúbal in the early 1990s, Mourinho soon earned the nickname Tradutor (translator), when he worked with Sir Bobby Robson as his translator (technically his interpreter) at both Sporting Lisbon and then F.C. Porto.
He then followed Robson to FC Barcelona in 1996 where he learned Catalan. When Robson left for PSV, Mourinho stayed at Barcelona and worked with Robson's replacement, Dutch coach Louis van Gaal. Mourinho's undoubted confidence and personality helped him get beyond his original role, as he began to participate actively in coaching sessions and management meetings. Eventually, Mourinho coached FC Barcelona B.
Sport Lisboa e Benfica and União de Leiria
In 2000 his chance of becoming a manager finally arrived when he was selected to replace Jupp Heynckes at Lisbon side Benfica after the fourth week of the Portuguese Liga. Mourinho picked Carlos Mozer, a retired but still highly respected Benfica defender, to be his assistant.
However, while the duo was popular, especially after a 3-0 win against fierce rivals Sporting, Benfica's election turned against club president João Vale e Azevedo, and the newly-elected Manuel Vilarinho already had another coach waiting on the wings, Toni - a legend for Benfica's fans. Although Vilarinho had no intention of firing him immediately, Mourinho decided to ask for an extension to his contract in the middle of the season. When the president refused, Mourinho quit Benfica (after just nine games in charge). Vilarinho later said in an interview that if Mourinho had won the championship, he would have extended his contract.
He was then hand-picked in January 2002 by FCP to replace Octávio Machado as the manager of the badly-motivated and unhappy team, which was already out of contention for the league title and was on the verge of not qualifying for any European competition. Mourinho guided the team to third place that year after a strong 15-game run (WDL 11-2-2) and gave the promise of "making FCP champions next year".
He quickly identified several key players whom he saw as the backbone of what he believed would be a perfect FCP team: Baía, Ricardo Carvalho, Costinha, Deco, Dmitri Alenichev and Postiga. He recalled captain Jorge Costa after a six-month loan to Charlton Athletic (after a dispute with Machado). The signings from other clubs included Nuno Valente and Derlei from Leiria, Paulo Ferreira from Vitória Setúbal, Pedro Emanuel from Boavista FC, and Edgaras Jankauskas and Maniche who had been out of contract at Benfica, the latter after a season in the reserve.
During the pre-season, Mourinho put on the club website detailed reports on the team training. The reports were filled with formal vocabulary, as, for instance, he referred to a 20km jog as an extended aerobic exercise. While they attracted scorn for the pretentiousness, others praised the innovation and the scientific approach to the old-fashioned training methods practiced in Portugal. One of the key aspects in Mourinho-era FCP was the pressurising play, which started at the offensive line, dubbed "pressão alta" ("high pressure"). The physical and combative abilities of defenders and midfielders such as Derlei, Maniche and Deco allowed FCP to apply pressure from the offensive lines and forced the opponents either to concede the ball or try longer passes.
In 2003, Mourinho won his first Super Liga with a 27-5-2 WDL record, 11 points clear of Benfica, the team he quit two years earlier. The total of 86 points out of the possible maximum of 102 was a Portuguese record since the rule of three points per win was introduced, beating the previous record of 85 points set by FCP in their 1996/97 season. Mourinho also won the Portuguese Cup (against former club Leiria) and the UEFA Cup final against Celtic in Seville, both in May 2003.
The following season witnessed further successes, as while perhaps not playing as impressively, FCP scooped their 20th Super Liga title. The club pulled off a perfect home record, an eight-points advantage, and an unbeaten run that only ended against Gil Vicente FC. They secured the title five weeks before the end of the season, while heavily involved in the Champions League at the same time. FCP lost the Portuguese Cup final to Benfica in May 2004, but two weeks later Mourinho won the ultimate prize: the Champions League, with an emphatic 3-0 win over Monaco in the Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The club had eliminated Manchester United, Olympique Lyonnais and Deportivo de La Coruña and saw only one defeat against Real Madrid in the group round.
Porto to Chelsea
Whilst still at FCP, Mourinho was linked with several top European clubs, including Liverpool and Chelsea. Many people, especially in Portugal, questioned the legality of alleged contract discussions with several clubs, but no wrongdoing was officially proved, and no charges were brought. Mourinho finally moved to Chelsea in June 2004.
In the press conference on joining the English side, Mourinho claimed to be "a special one", a prime example of his unreserved self-belief. He became one of the highest paid managers in football, as the salary for Chelsea was reported to be in the €300,000 range and was subsequently raised to an undisclosed amount.
Mourinho went straight to work, recruiting his backroom staff from Porto, consisting of assistant manager Baltemar Brito, fitness coach Rui Faria, chief scout Andre Villas and goalkeeping coach Silvino Louro. He retained the services of Steve Clarke, a long-serving former player at Chelsea and who had also performed an assistant managerial-type job under previous managers at the club. In terms of spending, Mourinho carried on where his predecessor Claudio Ranieri left off, and spent in excess of £70m on stars such as Tiago Mendes (£10million) from Benfica, Didier Drogba (£24million) from Olympique Marseille, Mateja Kezman (£5.4million) from PSV Eindhoven and FC Porto pair Ricardo Carvalho (£19.8million) and Paulo Ferreira (£13.3million)
Under Mourinho, Chelsea built on the potential developed in the previous season. The two solid English players summed up the strength of the squad: defender John Terry, and midfielder Frank Lampard. By early December, they were at the top of the Premiership table and reached the knock-out stages of the Champions League. On 27 February 2005, Mourinho led Chelsea to the League Cup trophy in Cardiff, Wales, dramatically beating Liverpool 3-2 after extra time. Towards the end of the match, Mourinho was escorted from the touchline for allegedly inciting Liverpool fans following Chelsea's equaliser. On 30 April 2005, Chelsea secured the club's first top-flight domestic title in 50 years with a 2-0 victory against Bolton. However, he failed to achieve back-to-back Champions League successes when Chelsea were knocked out of the competition, by a controversial goal, three days later in the semi-finals by eventual winners Liverpool.
On 31 March 2005 Mourinho was handed a two-match suspension and a fine by UEFA for bringing the game into disrepute after he had criticised referee Anders Frisk following a Champions League tie against FC Barcelona. He argued that a member of his staff saw Frisk talking with Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard at half-time in breach of the rules and that the apparent bias of the referee prompted him to send Drogba off when Chelsea were leading 1-0.Frisk subsequently retired when he allegedly came under threats to his life after the match. As it was later revealed, Rijkaard had tried to converse with Frisk at half-time - the referee's own match report mentioned the incident - but that Frisk sent him away. The episode led the UEFA referee's chief, Volker Roth, to describe the manager as an "enemy of football," although UEFA distanced themselves from the comment.
On 2 June 2005, he was fined £200,000 for his part in the meeting with Arsenal full-back Ashley Cole in January 2005 in breach of the Premier League rules. In August 2005 his fine was reduced to £75,000 after a hearing. In late 2005, Mourinho labelled Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger a 'voyeur' after being irked at what he saw as the latter's apparent obsession with Chelsea. The episode eventually died down and the two have since made peace.
On April 29, 2006, after topping the table for nearly all season, Chelsea beat rivals Manchester United 3-0 to win their second consecutive Premiership title and Mourinho's fourth domestic title in a row. After the presentation of his championship medal, Mourinho went to the Matthew Harding end of Stamford Bridge and threw his medal and blazer into the crowd. He was awarded a second medal within minutes and he threw that into the crowd, too. He stated that because the medal was exactly the same as the one he had received a year earlier, he did not need another and wanted to reward the crowd for their support. The items were promptly listed on eBay.
After a league match with Everton on December 17th, 2006, Mourinho branded Andrew Johnson "untrustworthy" following a challenge with Chelsea keeper Hilário. Everton issued a statement threatening legal action and calling on Mourinho to apologise, which he has since done.
On 13 January 2006, The Straits Times reported that Mourinho intended to leave Chelsea at the end of the 2006-7 season, due to disappointment with the team's performance and a power struggle with Frank Arnesen. Mourinho recently cleared all doubts regarding his future at Stamford Bridge, stating that there would only be two ways for him to leave Chelsea: if Chelsea do not offer him a new contract in June 2010, and if Chelsea sacks him.