Friday 24 November 2017

'Special one' to 'group one'

Jose Mourinho's first Chelsea press conference in 2004:

"Please don't call me arrogant, but I'm European champion and I think I'm a 'Special One'.

"I intend to give my best, to improve things and to create the football team in relation to my image and my football philosophy.

"I have loved football since I can remember and I understand the evolution of football and the modern needs of football.

"We have top players and, sorry if I'm arrogant, we have a top manager.

"I suggest if one of you is (previous Chelsea manager Claudio) Ranieri's friend or has his number, you should call him and explain to him that for a team to win the European Cup it has to beat many teams from many countries."

Andre Villas-Boas' first press conference yesterday:

"Maybe I should be called the 'Group One'. I want to group people together to be successful.

"We are proud defenders of the beauty of the game. It makes no sense for us to get into a club like this and play dreadful football.

"Everybody wants to thrive and be the best and win something, to be successful. I'm just one gear in this big club that wants to be successful every year.

"Who expects to stay as Chelsea manager if they don't win anything?

"You have to respect what (previous Chelsea manager) Carlo (Ancelotti) left us. He left us with some amazing trophies, the Premier League, and with some style. Plus the FA Cup.

"He's one of the best managers in the world and we respect what he left."

Irish Independent

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