Jose Mourinho: "I have a problem. I'm getting better at everything I do"
Chelsea may be set to wrap up another Premier League title but Jose Mourinho has a problem - he is getting better and better in everything he does as a manager.
The modest Portuguese may see that as a problem and you can be damn sure every other Premier League manager sees it as a problem for very different reasons.
The unstoppable Blues will wrap up another title under Mourinho in the next few weeks and, according to Mourinho, things will only get better under his watch.
"I think I have a problem, which is I’m getting better at everything related to my job since I started," said Mourinho in an interview with the Telegraph.,
"There has been evolution in many different areas – the way I read the game; the way I prepare the game; the way I train; the methodology… I feel better and better. But there is one point where I cannot change: when I face the media, I am never a hypocrite.”
Mourinho has been accused in the past of making situations all about himself but he feels that the focus of football is, incorrectly in his opinion, turning from teams to individuals.
The Blues are seven points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League with eight games remaining and Mourinho is on course to win the title for a third time.
"In this moment football is losing a little bit the concept of the team to focus more on the individual," added Mourinho.
"We are always looking at the individual performance, the individual stat, the player that runs more. Because you run 11km in a game and I run nine you did a better job than I did? Maybe not! Maybe my 9km were more important than your 11."
Mourinho also says football must be kept in perspective, even if there are times when he uses powers of manipulation for the good of his team.
He added: "I am passionate about football, of course. But for us professionals, if it means everything, we are in trouble.
"How can you compare a football player, a football manager with a scientist, a doctor? You cannot compare.
"I agree that sometimes I can have something of Machiavelli in some of my comments, but no more than that. Not at all."
Mourinho, though, thinks he is benefiting from experience.
He said: "I think I have a problem, which is I'm getting better at everything related to my job since I started. I feel better and better.
"But there is one point where I cannot change: when I face the media, I am never a hypocrite."