Jose Mourinho: Top 10 memorable quotes from his first Chelsea spell
After Jose Mourinho's return to Chelsea this week, The Sport Review picks out 10 memorable quotes from his first reign
“Please don’t call me arrogant, but I’m European champion and I think I’m a special one.”
Mourinho’s famous line from his unveiling at Chelsea back in 2004.
“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!”
On his relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
“As we say in Portugal, they brought the bus and they left the bus in front of the goal. I would have been frustrated if I had been a supporter who paid £50 to watch this game because Spurs came to defend.”
Mourinho questions the opposition’s tactics after a goalless draw against Tottenham in 2004.
“Wenger has a real problem with us and I think he is what you call in England 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.”
Mourinho launches a scathing attack on Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
“I don’t regret it. The only thing I have to understand is I’m in England, so maybe even when I think I am not wrong, I have to adapt to your country and I have to respect that. I have a lot of respect for Liverpool fans and what I did, the sign of silence – ‘shut your mouth’ – was not for them, it was for the English press.”
Mourinho defends putting a finger to his lips during the 2005 Carling Cup final against Liverpool.
“For me, pressure is bird flu. I’m feeling a lot of pressure with the problem in Scotland. It’s not fun and I’m more scared of it than football.”
Mourinho responds to a question about pressure as the 2006 title race reaches its climax.
“Sometimes you see beautiful people with no brains. Sometimes you have ugly people who are intelligent, like scientists. Our pitch is a bit like that. From the top it’s a disgrace but the ball rolls at normal speed.”
Mourinho describes Chelsea’s sandpit pitch in 2006.
“If they made a film of my life, I think they should get George Clooney to play me. He’s a fantastic actor and my wife thinks he would be ideal.”
Mourinho turns his gaze to Hollywood.
“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!”
On Chelsea’s injury crisis back in 2007.
“The style of how we play is very important. But 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.”
Mourinho aims a parting shot at Abramovich before his exit early in the 2007-08 season.