Jose Mourinho's ten best quotes
Jose Mourinho, the Premier League's favourite son of controversy, is as well known for his press conference outbursts as he is for his success on the touchline.
His latest mind games ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Man United at Old Trafford is classic Mourinho, from saying he had “inside information” about the goings on at Old Trafford – which he has apologised for and said it was simply bad journalism – to his belief that Wayne Rooney will move abroad next summer as the Red Devils will not sell to a direct rival.
It is almost a decade since the Portuguese announced himself to English football with the immortal words: “Please do not call me arrogant because what I say is true... I think I'm a special one."
On Sunday, the 50-year-old will be honoured by the Football Writers’ Association when he receives the the annual Tribute Award, just a few hours after his Chelsea side take on Manchester United.
In honour of his latest accolade, here are ten of his best quotes:
1 - On a Chelsea injury crisis:
"It's 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 the blanket is made of cashmere."
2 - On Lionel Messi’s involvement in Chelsea defender Asier del Horno’s red card:
"How do you say cheating in Catalan?"
We'll let you be the judge of whether Messi was play acting...
3 - On Barcelona ‘cheating’ in a Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid:
"One day I would like Josep Guardiola (then coach of Barcelona) to win this competition properly.
“If I tell Uefa what I really think and feel, my career would end now. Instead I will just ask a question to which I hope one day to get a response: Why?”
4 - On Rafael Benitez’s Inter Milan winning the Club World Cup, a trophy the Italians qualified for by winning the Champions League under Mourinho:
“I thought he was going to thank me for the title I gave him. Inter fans would tell you how they really feel about it."
5 - On Mourinho's infamous bust-up in Italy with former Catania sporting director Pietro Lo Monaco:
"As for Lo Monaco, I do not know who he is. I have heard of Bayern Monaco (the Italian name for Bayern Munich) and the Monaco GP, the Tibetan Monaco (Monk), and the principality of Monaco. I’ve never heard of any others."
6 - On taking the Chelsea job:
"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.”
7 - On Mourinho’s Porto beating Manchester United in the Champions League:
"I understand why he (Alex Ferguson) is a bit emotional. He has some of the top players in the world and they should be doing a lot better than that.
“You would be sad if your team gets as clearly dominated by opponents who have been built on 10% of the budget."
8 - On winning the Europa League (and another dig at Benitez, who achieved the feat with Chelsea before Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge):
“I don't want to win the Europa League. It would be a big disappointment for me. I don't want my players to feel the Europa League is our competition.”
9 - On eggs (yes, really):
"Omelettes, eggs. No eggs, no omelettes. And it depends on the quality of the eggs in the supermarket. They are class one, two or three and some are more expensive than others and some give you better omelettes. When the class one eggs are not available you have a problem."
10 - On his rivalry with former Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard:
“My history as a manager cannot be compared with Frank Rijkaard’s history. He has zero trophies and I have a lot of them.”