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Name Jose Mourinho
Spelling José Mourinho
Gender Male
Ethnic Portuguese
Job Portuguese Football Coach
Desc Mourinho will always have his critics. The Portuguese is one of the most decorated coaches in the history of the game based on a mantra that decrees the end justifies the means. Calling him boring probably has the same effective as calling Donald Trump stupid. Less than zero


Club as Coach Tottenham Hotspur
  Manchester United
  Inter Milan
  Chelsea FC


Asistent coach Aitor Karanka

2004 09 19 Retrieve

[Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham] 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. This is a difficult league with everyone losing games. Maybe even Tottenham will lose a game defending with 11 players

2004 11 15 Retrieve

[Spurs load bullets for Gunners to fire: Tottenham 4 - 5 Arsenal] That is not a proper football score; it is an ice hockey result

2005 11 02 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho comments on Arsene Wenger’s dossier] We have a file of quotes from Mr Wenger about Chelsea in the last 12 months - it is not a file of five pages. It is a file of 120 pages, so we have a very strong reaction

My objective is that it is enough. He has talked enough about us. He has said some very strange things about Chelsea FC. We have a very strong answer. I accept his next answer being strong but it is time to stop because if he doesn’t stop, we are there for the fight

2010 01 08 Retrieve

[Inter boss Jose Mourinho talk about his player Patrick Vieira who return to EPL] I should give a special mention to Vieira, who certainly played his last game with us. I will miss him but I don’t have the right to demand anything from a club who has done so much for me. He had an impeccable game [against Chievo]. It was the perfect farewell to us, and I want to wish him all the best for his new career [at Manchester City]

2010 09 13 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on Mesut Ozil] Ozil makes things very easy for me and for his team-mates with his football vision and the decisions he makes. It’s easy for him to make decisions on the pitch, which is actually the hardest thing there is in football. It is an art to make football look easy and he has that quality. Ozil is improving. He worked hard for the team on Saturday and the Bernabeu thanked him for it. This is very important for a newcomer who needs the crowd’s approval in order to be confident in his game

2010 12 22 Retrieve

[Real Madrid manager Mourinho rejects Inter return with under-fire Benitez on the brink] I have a four-year contract with Real Madrid, and I’m going to continue here for a long time,’ he told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport. There are many things to do in Madrid, and not only on-field work. I hope that Inter don’t need me now, as this would mean they have taken the wrong path. In my future it will be the Premier League or Italy. Problems at Real Madrid? I never have problems

I don’t want to know when or if Benitez is ousted. I am only interested in Inter, the president, my friends, the players, the fans who in two years gave me everything. I want Inter to win everything apart from the Champions League, where there is Real Madrid

Rafa’s words [after the Club World Cup]. They deserve no comment. I expected at least a thank you from the success that I gave him. Ask all the Inter fans what they think of me and him.

2011 04 03 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on Mesut Ozil] Ozil has evolved. Before, there were details, glimpses of his class, but he mixed those with quieter moments. Now he stands out for his dynamism and the continuity in his game. Ozil is playing absolutely fantastic football. Real Madrid have a great player – and for a long, long time

2012 05 24 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho would be happy with Hamit Altintop stay] Hamit is a very important player in Turkey. I have a great relationship with him as he is a great player and a great person. I would be happy if he stays, but if he wants a change of scenery, it’s his life. If he wants to return to Turkey - if that’s what he wants for his career - we will facilitate that.

2011 08 27 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho caused uproar at Inter in 2009 when he openly questioned Sulley Muntari’s decision to fasting] Muntari had some problems related to Ramadan, perhaps with this heat it’s not good for him to be doing this fasting. Ramadan has not arrived at the ideal moment for a player to play a football match

2012 11 06 Retrieve

[Twice Lewandowski headed on; twice Dortmund scored] We committed two bad defensive errors. When you play against good teams and you make mistakes, they kill you

2012 11 11 Retrieve

[Özil has cemented his place in the Germany team, but faces fierce competition for a starting place in the Real Madrid side from Kaka and Luka Modric] Kaka won’t start because he plays more in the number 10 position. Özil will play tomorrow

2013 09 04 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on Mesut Ozil] Ozil is unique. There is no copy of him – not even a bad one. He is the best number 10 in the world. He makes things very easy for me and for his team-mates with his football vision and the decisions he makes. Everyone loves him and sees a bit of Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane in him

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on Paul Scholes] Why isn’t he playing for England? It is crazy. Only in England. Scholes is a great, great player. So experienced and still, for me, one of the best in the world in midfield. Manchester United are lucky to have him

2014 02 26 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho replaces Pellegrini at the Bernabeu that summer and had breakfast with Raul Gonzalez on his first day of training] I am not part of Real Madrid’s history. Raul is - and I have to respect that

2015 05 08 Retrieve

[Manager of Chelsea Jose Mourinho on Steven Gerrard] But speaking about Liverpool and speaking about honouring the champions, this is my time to honour a champion. It is my time to honour Steve Gerrard. It is with opponents like him that I am the manager that I am, because I learn with my players and I learn with my best opponents. I learn with my players’ problems, my players’ doubts, my players’ qualities and I learn with my best opponent, with the problems they give me – the way they make me think, the way they make me analyse them and studying the best way to play against them.

Steven Gerrard is for sure one of my favourite enemies – an enemy with all the good feeling I can express with that word in football. For sure, in England he is my dear enemy. For sure, he is the one that made me a better manager. To stop him or try and stop him has been very, very difficult. I tried to bring him to Chelsea, I tried to bring him to Inter, I tried to bring him to Real Madrid but he was always a dear enemy,” he said “I want to honour him and I hope Stamford Bridge has the same feeling as I have, which is we need people like him as our opponents

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on Thierry Henry] Is he one of the all-time greats? Obviously. He’s the kind of player that you need forever

2015 12 29 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] Everything, his talent, the time he put his talent at the service of Manchester United and football in general (when asked what makes Sir Alex special). The passion that he has put in to everything, and after that in private moments, obviously, a good friend, a good person, a fantastic sense of humour. I like him very, very much. Now and again I’ve had questions to put to him and the way he has answered to me was always magnificent and a great support

2015 12 30 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] Sir Alex made Man United think in a certain way. He modelled club around his personaliy. Man United will always be influenced by what he did. The club was made in his image

2016 02 18 Retrieve

[Quotes on Paul Gascoigne] He was aggressive, very physical, but at the same time very technical, fantastic characteristics that you need to be a top footballer

2016 02 19 Retrieve

[Quotes on Paul Gascoigne] I worked with Mr (Bobby) Robson, and he was really in love with Paul, and was permanently speaking about his talent, and about the pleasure he had to coach such a talented player

2016 02 20 Retrieve

[Quotes on Paul Gascoigne] Paul Gascoigne is the special one

2016 06 23 Retrieve

[Allowed by van Gaal in 2000 to take charge of the team for the Copa Catalunya, a regional cup competition, Mourinho got his first taste of fully-fledged management. Mourinho later recalled] He came down at half-time to the dressing room to listen to my team-talk. He didn’t want to interfere, because probably he thought that was right

2016 07 05 Retrieve

[At his unveiling] It is a job everyone wants and not many have a chance to have and I have it

[on Wayne Rooney] Maybe he (Wayne Rooney) is not a striker, not a number nine any more but for me he will never be a number six, playing 50 metres from the goal

2016 08 05 Retrieve

[Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on Wayne Rooney] It was for Rooney, for the fans in that perspective of them showing appreciation for a player who was magnificent for their club. The season he joined Manchester United was the season I came to England for the first time so I was always close to it, everybody knows he’s a player I wanted to buy. Finally, I have him and I have him in the club that he loves, the club where he had the best years of his career

2016 08 12 Retrieve

[When in optimistic mood] We feel that we are candidates to win the title

2016 08 13 Retrieve

[New Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho laments the fact that his side will be out of Europe’s top competition this season] Man United has to be in the Champions League. I think that the Champions League is empty when Man United is not there. Imagine the Champions League without Man United, Real Madrid, Barcelona. There are a certain numbers of clubs that make it not a Champions League without these clubs. That’s Man United and their natural habitat

2016 09 17 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho reveals it was difficult to convince record-signing Paul Pogba to join Manchester United] Oh! It was hard to convince him. I had many [conversations] on the phone, lots of SMS. I think he was getting one in the morning from the manager from another big club and one in the afternoon from myself. I had to try hard to convince him to choose us instead of the other one

2016 09 22 Retrieve

[After successive losses to Manchester City, Feyenoord and Watford] We had a bad week. I know that some football Einsteins, they tried to delete 16 years of my career and delete an unbelievable history of Manchester United Football Club and focus on a bad week and three bad results. But that’s the new football - it’s full of Einsteins

2016 10 22 Retrieve

[Acknowledging he must win to be ‘special’ to United fans] If, at the end of the three years, I don’t win a single piece of silverware for them, they will say ‘great guy, good coach, we like him, but we feel nothing special about him’

2016 10 23 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United coaching staff ignored Antonio Conte’s outstretched hand as they turned to retreat down the tunnel, it provoked a heated argument with a member of the Italian’s own back-room team] You know me: I spoke to Antonio Conte, not to you. I’m not the kind of guy to come here and share with you things I don’t want to share. What is between me and Antonio is for us … or up to him to talk if he wants to. That is his problem. I have no comment.

I’m not disappointed with the performance, but with the mistakes. If we could delete the defensive mistakes, the performance was good. But when my teams have perfection in their defensive performances, people say that is not important. But the reality is that it is important. We made an incredible defensive mistake, I say incredible in capitals, in the first minute and then the game is different. It is one of those days when you give the advantage to opponents by doing nothing

We put ourselves in a situation where we gave Chelsea the game they wanted to play: the block compact and low, as it was in the second half, and wait for the chances on the counter-attack. Football matches start at 0-0, this match started 1-0

2016 10 29 Retrieve

[Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho talks about United midfielder Paul Pogba qualities] He can play in so many positions. The problem is not the position. The problem is not the tactical system. The problem is, in my opinion, somebody that comes from a different style of football and needs this time to be at his best level in football that is really difficult to play, especially for midfield players. I think it is really difficult to play or adapt from different realities, but he is a phenomenal player. He has unbelievable potential. He has years and years to develop his game, so that expectation and investment from the club is based on that – a super player for the next seven or eight years.

We don’t expect Paul to arrive here and the next day to be unbelievable, but the other thing is that we trust him so much that we pass to him this kind of feeling. He is a very self-confident boy too, so we are living well with the critics, if you want, and we know what the critics are. With the quality of his pass, with his aerial game, with his agility in such a big body, for his defensive side of the game, coming from the back with the ball, he would be a phenomenal central defender, too.

2016 11 07 Retrieve

[Appears on to cast doubt on Chris Smalling and Shaw’s claims they are injured after the defensive pair missed a win at Swansea] There is a difference between the brave, who want to be there at any cost, and the ones for whom a little pain can make a difference

2016 11 19 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho reiterated his desire to win trophies as Manchester United manager] I am in the club where I want to be. When I was sacked at Chelsea, I was not in trouble. I had lots of offers. I don’t speak about them. I could be working one week after in some of the biggest clubs in Europe. I waited for this chance. I was champion in four different clubs. I want to be champion in every club I have worked. I want to do that at Manchester United

2016 12 17 Retrieve

[Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho takes a light-hearted dig at Michael Owen after the former United forward claimed Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a short-term solution] Zlatan will score more goals in one season than Michael Owen in three seasons at Man United. He [Owen] scored 17 goals in three seasons, Zlatan is almost there in six months, so he’s not a bad choice for us

2017 01 07 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho speaks about The Best FIFA Football Awards that take place in Zurich] It’s difficult to believe! Eusebio, Luis Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo, myself have won top awards and maybe Fernando will too. Benfica and Porto have won European titles and Portugal won the EURO. A little country with a view of the Atlantic, it’s incredible. Our passion is perhaps our secret

2017 02 01 Retrieve

[Rounds on the media and disciplinary officials after goalless draw with Hull] You do your job and you do a public service, I think. Tell the truth. It’s as simple as that. I am different in everything. I watch my team play in a hotel, I was forbidden to go to the stadium, my assistant had a six-match stadium ban and he didn’t touch anyones

2017 02 04 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho speaks about the importance of having a well-rounded knowledge of life] I was in high school, and he was a philosophy teacher. I was not interested, and he could see my mind was elsewhere. So he stopped the class and said, ‘hey, Mr Mourinho, what’s going on? No attention, no concentration, I am speaking to the walls’. I told him, ‘I want to be a football manager, not a philosopher’. He told me, one day you’ll realise that philosophy will be as important as physiology, biology, statistics … you ignore psychology, you don’t respect my classes. Don’t forget this’. And he was right. Now, I think managers understand this. But I understood it 25 years ago

2017 02 25 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho reacts to Ranieri’s sacking] He deserves the Leicester stadium to be named ‘Claudio Ranieri Stadium’. The most beautiful thing in the Premier League and one of most beautiful in football history

2017 02 26 Retrieve

[After defeating Southampton in League Cup final to win his first trophy as United boss] I put a lot of pressure on myself. You put a lot of pressure on myself. I wanted very much to win a major trophy at every club. By doing that with Manchester United it’s quite the sense of relief because it was a big target for me

2017 03 04 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho reiterates his hope for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to extend his stay at Old Trafford following United’s 3-2 win over Southampton in the English League Cup final] I never bank for a player to sign a contract, I never bank for a player to play for me. But, if needed, I think maybe ­United fans can go to the door of his house and stay there all night. We all want and believe that he is going to stay with us one more season

2017 03 09 Retrieve

[Quotes on Didier Drogba] I don’t say Didier was the greatest player I have worked with because I have had so many great players. But he was a great player, a great friend and somebody who will be part of my life forever. He would say the exact same about me. We created the kind of emotional links that are more than football

2017 03 10 Retrieve

[Quotes on Frank Lampard] [. . .] I consider for sure, one of the five most important players in the history of Chelsea football club: Frank Lampard. [. . .] a match-winner with the number of goals he scored, a big character, a player without injuries who played every game, an absolutely amazing player

2017 03 11 Retrieve

[Quotes on Frank Lampard] One of my best players ever, one of my best professionals ever, a Chelsea legend and a legend in the Premier League

2017 03 13 Retrieve

[Mourinho responds to Chelsea supporters labelling him ‘Judas’ during United’s 1-0 FA Cup quarter-final loss at Stamford Bridge] They can call me what they want. Until the moment they have a manager that wins four Premier Leagues for them, I’m the number one. When they have somebody that wins four Premier Leagues for them, I become number two. Until this moment Judas is number one

2017 03 16 Retrieve

[After Marcos Rojo asked for a banana during the Europa League win over Rostov] The player asked for a banana and it is not to laugh at all, it is to respect the players and their limits. They gave absolutely everything

2017 03 17 Retrieve

[Questions United’s transfer policy] Manchester United sold players that I would never sell and bought players that I would never buy. I would never have sold (Angel) Di Maria, Chicharito (Javier Hernandez), Danny Welbeck - never, no chance

2017 04 Retrieve

[After a 1-1 draw with Everton, Luke Shaw is told to grow up quickly] He was in front of me and I was making every decision for him. He has to change his football brain. We need his fantastic physical and technical qualities but he cannot play with my brain

2017 05 06 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho was full of praise for Marcus Rashford] He’s a 19-year-old kid, but he’s a 19-year-old kid in love with football. A kid that finishes a training session and stays half an hour more every day to take free-kicks and to wait for the opportunity. His mentality – he works, he works, he works. He’s very mature and let’s forget the age because what matters is not age [but] the quality. He trains a lot. He trains, and practises, he enjoys the extra work

2017 05 10 Retrieve

[Questioning the atmosphere at Old Trafford ahead of the Europa League semi-final with Celta Vigo] I see a difference between matches. I don’t think it’s consistent, the atmosphere and enthusiasm

2017 05 20 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho reveals how he enjoys the second season at clubs that he coaches] I try to analyse the realities before I arrived in the club, but you only know the reality when you are inside. The first season is hard. I enjoy the second because in the second, I know I’m not making mistakes. You think you know the players, but you don’t. You only know them when you have them in good moments and bad moments. The one I really enjoy to do is the transition from the first to the second season

2017 05 24 Retrieve

[After the Europa League final defeat of Ajax, which came fewer than 48 hours after the Manchester Arena bombing] If we could, we would change obviously the people’s lives for this cup - immediately, we wouldn’t think twice. Does this cup make the city of Manchester a bit happier? Maybe

2017 05 27 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho admits feeling irrelevant at the Old Trafford club when compared to club legends Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Matt Busby Despite claiming three trophies in his first season as Manchester United manager] In this club, it makes me feel that I did nothing. Especially because you have two legends - many of them, but two are legends in terms of titles and trophies - I feel I am nobody. I always have to prove. I just feel that what I did in this club is not enough to deserve to be here

2017 07 Retrieve

[Making a reference to then Chelsea boss Conte’s hair transplant on United’s pre-season tour in July 2017] I’m not going to lose my hair to speak about Antonio Conte

2017 07 22 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho tells that he wants to stay at Manchester United for the long term] I am ready for this. I am ready for the next 15, I would say. Here? Yes, why not? I have to admit that it is very difficult because of the pressure around our jobs, everybody putting pressure on managers and things that people say – that we have to win, but in reality only one can win and every year it is getting more difficult

2017 07 29 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho spoke about Rooney and his impact at the club before moving to Everton this summer] I miss him a lot, I miss the guy a lot, I think he’s a fantastic guy. I’m not the kind of guy that gets normally emotional in my job and I did it with him when he left, but I am sure that he’s going to be very good for Everton, and Everton is going to be very good for him

2017 09 10 Retrieve

[Appraising the spells of predecessors David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal] There was an evolution in the other clubs. There was no evolution in this club. In all the areas that make a team successful I think we stopped in time. That was quite an empty period in the club

2017 10 20 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho and his pithy assessment after his United side secured the Europa League] There are a plenty of poets in football, but poets don’t win many titles

2017 10 15 Retrieve

[Saying United will not be his final job in interview with a French broadcaster, in comments interpreted as a flirtation with Paris St Germain] The only thing I can say is that I’m still a coach with worries, with ambitions, and with the desire to do new things. And I don’t believe… no, I’m sure that I won’t end my career here

2017 11 03 Retrieve

[After declining an invitation to meet fans’ representatives to discuss tensions between himself and supporters] I think a quarter of the planet is Manchester United red. I cannot meet them

2017 11 18 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho gives some of his thoughts on who will contend for the FIFA World Cup next summer in Russia] I think England must have a chance because the players are really good. There’s a great generation of players at different ages and with different qualities. They have good experience at club level, playing in the Premier League and plenty of them play in the Champions League too. England have great potential to do something important. In South America, there are a couple of important teams. In Europe the same three or four so I can’t believe next summer we will have a huge surprise

2017 11 21 Retrieve

[After taking a swipe at England after claiming United were not informed about Phil Jones’ pain-killing injections for a thigh problem] The local injections before the match, we were not informed [about]

2017 12 09 Retrieve

[Accussing Manchester City of simulation ahead of the Manchester derby] If you ask me one thing that I don’t like a lot it’s that they lose their balance very easily. You know, a little bit of wind and they fall

2017 12 26 Retrieve

[Sorry, Mourinho, Guardiola hasn’t just bought good players, he’s made them better] We are in the second year of trying to rebuild a football team you know is not one of the best teams in the world. Manchester City buy full-backs for the price of the strikers, so when you speak about big football clubs, you are speaking about the history of the club.

2018 01 Retrieve

[A war of words with Antonio Conte escalated in January 2018 when the Portuguese made reference to the Italian’s four-month ban for failing to report attempted match-fixing, which was later overturned and saw Conte acquitted] What never happened to me and will never happen to me is to be suspended for match-fixing

2018 01 06 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho responds to Scholes’ criticism of Paul Pogba, speaking after the club’s 2-0 win over Everton] It’s not Paul Pogba’s fault he makes much more money than Paul Scholes

2018 01 25 Retrieve

[After signing a new contract until 2020] We have set very high standards - winning three trophies in one season - but those are the standards I expect my teams to aim for

2018 01 27 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho gives an analogy for the Alexis Sanchez signing] You like the ones at the top. They are so nice and so orange and so round and so full of juice. When you see a tree with amazing oranges at the top of the tree and then you cannot get there and you say, ‘I got the lower ones because I don’t like the ones at the top’. But you can’t get there, so you say ‘I don’t want to go there’ or ‘I prefer the other ones’. I think it reminds me a little bit of that story

2018 03 13 Retrieve

[In the immediate aftermath of the Champions League last-16 exit to Sevilla, Mourinho makes bizarre reference to eliminating United when he was an opposition manager] That’s not the end of the world. I sit in this chair twice in the Champions League and I knock out Man United at home at Old Trafford. I sit in this chair with Porto, Man United out. I sit in the chair with Real Madrid, Man United out. So, I don’t think it is something new for the club and of course being Manchester United manager and losing a Champions League tie at home is a disappointment

2018 03 16 Retrieve

[Part of a lengthy rant, using prepared notes in defence of United’s Champions League exit to Sevilla a few days earlier] When you start the process, you are here, you are there, or you are there. It is heritage. It’s heritage

2018 07 25 Retrieve

[First, Tottenham swiped Willian from Liverpool. Then, Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea stole the Brazilian away from them] That’s the danger of medicals before contracts. The best thing you can do is do the medical in secret

2018 07 27 Retrieve

[Refusing to be drawn on whether United can challenge for the Premier League title] I don’t answer to your question

2018 07 28 Retrieve

[After a weakened United lost 4-1 to a Liverpool side without their leading players in Michigan in the International Champions Cup] I wouldn’t spend my money to see these teams

2018 07 29 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on Eric Bailly’s willingness to play against Liverpool, despite the Ivorian’s struggle with an injury problem] Bailly was not going to play. But when he saw that Chris Smalling in the warm-up was leaving, he decided by himself he did not want another kid on the pitch. It is not fair to Alexis Sanchez, to Juan Mata, to Ander Herrera, and the guys that are there

We are just trying to play these matches in the best way we can. The boys did very well until the gasoline said goodbye

2018 08 09 Retrieve

[After the summer transfer window closed without United adding the centre-back he craved] One lie repeated 1,000 times is still a lie, but the perception of the people is that it’s true but it’s still a lie. So, when you repeat 1,000 times that my relationship with my players is not good, it’s a lie that repeated 1,000 times is still a lie

2018 08 18 Retrieve

[Criticising neighbours Manchester City for their Amazon Prime documentary] You can be a rich club and buy all the best players in the world but you cannot buy class…because I am in the movie I could ask for some royalties

2018 08 27 Retrieve

[Leaving the post-match media conference angry at a perceived lack of respect following 3-0 Premier League loss to Tottenham at Old Trafford] Do you know what was the result? Three-nil. Do you know what this means (holding up three fingers)? Three-nil but it also means three Premier Leagues and I won more alone than the other 19 managers together. Three for me and two for them. Respect, respect, respect

2018 09 01 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho speaks after his side’s 3-0 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford] Goals for are vitamins, goals against are an overdose of fatigue

2018 10 06 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on his last match before get sacked] This is not about me. It is about the football club the fans love. In a match that was very important for us to win, they were absolutely amazing

[Did these performances come as payback to the man they have let down? Were they for the fans who help pay their wages? Were they from a sense of personal pride?] I go to London tonight, if it rains in London tomorrow, it’s my fault. If there is a problem with Brexit, it’s my fault

2018 10 23 Tweet

[Jose Mourinho strolled to Old Trafford, as his Man Utd team sat for 45 minutes in traffic on the bus] I walked in a hoodie, in the middle of the fans, no one recognised me. I took two minutes

2018 10 27 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho praised the performances of Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini] Mr. Bonucci and Mr. Chiellini could go to Harvard University to give classes about how to be a central defender. Fantastic, absolutely fantastic. It is a team that has everything - they have talent everywhere, all over the pitch. So it was a really difficult match for us

2018 11 10 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho explains his reasons for making a post-match gesture to Juventus fans following Wednesday’s come-from-behind victory over the Italian giants in the UEFA Champions League] I was insulted for 90 minutes. I do my work and nothing more. At the end, I didn’t insult anyone, I just did the gesture that I wanted to hear them more. I wouldn’t do it again. But I came here as a professional that does his work and people insulted my family, this is why I reacted this way. I don’t want to think about it

2018 11 23 Retrieve

[Mourinho believes the Red Devils would be inside the Premier League’s top four by the end of 2018] I know it’s a big gap but I also know, until the end of December, if I’m not wrong, we have eight Premier League matches to play, and eight Premier League matches, we are speaking about 24 points. Twenty four points for us to fight (for), 24 points for the other ones that are in the top four to fight (for) too, but I believe we are going to be there

2018 11 27 Retrieve

[After qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages following Marouane Fellaini’s last-gasp winner at home to Young Boys] Let me send a message to my lovers and say that I played Champions League for 14 years and I qualified 14 times. And the two years where I didn’t play Champions League, I won the Europa League twice, so in 16 years, 14 times I qualify and twice I play Europa League and I won. Just a little curiosity for my lovers and the lovers of the stats

2018 12 07 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on Manchester United attacking dynamism] We need to score more goals. I think being dynamic, happiness and routines adapted to the qualities of the players is one thing but, in the end, the most important thing is [putting] the ball in the net, goals, points and victories

But that [being dynamic] is a good thing and a thing that I praise. That’s something that the team needs and one of the reasons why, for example, in the last match [against Arsenal] we pressed high. One of the reasons why the team was up and pressing was because of the characteristics and the desire of these attacking players

[Jose Mourinho on Romelu Lukaku] He’s having a rest. He was injured, he didn’t play a couple of matches due to injury. He didn’t play [against] Juventus [away], he didn’t play against Chelsea. He was on the bench against Manchester City and another game, so I don’t think in the last month we can speak about many minutes

2018 12 22 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on his side’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool] They [Liverpool] are fast, they are intense, they are aggressive, they are physical, they are objective. They play 200 miles per hour with and without the ball. I am still tired just looking at Andy Robertson. He makes 100-metre sprints every minute, absolutely incredible, and these are qualities

2019 02 25 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho has praised Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga for showing his personality during the controversial Carabao Cup final which saw the Spaniard refuse to follow his manager’s instructions and be substituted off the pitch] The goalkeeper wants to show his personality, his confidence, wants to show that he is there and wants to be at the shootout and make saves - and I like that. [but] The goalkeeper wants to show his personality, his confidence, wants to show that he is there and wants to be at the shootout and make saves - and I like that

2019 03 15 Retrieve

[Liverpool beating Bayern the best Champions League performance this season] I was looking at Liverpool, they were on their way down in the Premier League and they were losing lots of points, and they come with for sure the best performance of the season in the Champions League. For sure. So they managed to surprise me. I don’t think they surprised themselves because of course, they are the first ones to believe. But to surprise lots of people with that strong performance. That puts them now in of course a good position for the Champions League fight. But I think also by the mental point of view maybe they are reborn and they can bring this kind of performance to the Premier League

[The Portuguese express his disappointment in the performance of the reigning Bundesliga champions, who have been knocked out at this stage for the first time in nearly a decade] My analysis was based on Bayern tradition and Bayern I think for nine consecutive years they go to the quarter-final – so I think it’s the first time in nine years that they don’t go. Bayern was just sad to see. I think they buckled at every possible perspective. Liverpool was the team that brought the line up, Bayern was the team that kept the line back, big distance between the lines.

Lewandowski too lonely. No pressure in the midfield. James Rodriguez absolutely lost, incapable of making any kind of pressing, any kind of game in between the lines or connection with the three attacking players. So I think really a sad performance from Bayern

2019 03 21 Retrieve

[Özil displayed an uncanny loyalty and ambition to continue in his journey as an Arsenal man. But this has always been the German’s M.O. Long known as a cerebral and eccentric man, for as long as he has played, his desire has been in question. Jose Mourinho said it best] If you are expecting Ozil to be super aggressive and running miles and miles side to side and to show great enthusiasm and aggressivity – this is not Mesut. If you are waiting for somebody who every time he touches the ball, the ball smiles and every time he makes the pass the ball goes in the right direction with the right speed and intensity – this is Mesut. This is his passion and how he displays it.

2019 03 23 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho gushes over PSG starlet Kylian Mbappe] He’s absolutely incredible. When you go to the market level and age is also a factor, he’s the most valuable player in the world in this moment. Hypothetically, he’s the most expensive transfer in football now

2019 04 22 Retrieve

[Mourinho on his future] I would like to be back in the summer in June for a new club and a new pre-season. I know exactly what I don’t want. I know what I want, in terms of not the specific club but the nature of the job, the dimension of the job.

2019 05 13 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho had presumably been sitting on this gem until Arsene Wenger left Arsenal] I’ve won more titles alone than the rest of the managers in this league combined

2019 05 22 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho, the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Chelsea boss renowned for his defensive acumen, has been drawn to the physicality and game-reading qualities of William Saliba the young Parisian] He’s got all the assets to become a top player, just like Kurt Zouma I had with me at Chelsea

2019 06 01 Retrieve

[As a pundit about Tottenham after Tottenham lose the Champions League final] Mauricio has four very good years at Spurs, brings them to the final of the Champions League and is still waiting for the first trophy, not just with Tottenham but of his career. I feel very sorry for Mauricio

2019 07 02 Retrieve

[On taking over at Chelsea in 2004] I have top players and, I’m sorry, we have a top manager. Please do not call me arrogant because what I say is true. I’m European champion, I’m not one out of the bottle, I think I’m a special one

2019 08 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho explain why does the suggestion David Luiz is a clueless buffoon persist] I know because I’ve coached him, sometimes he can make his mistakes, especially when his concentration levels are low

2019 08 11 Retrieve

[When quizzed about which teams had a chance to win the league, Mourinho omitted both of his former clubs (Manchester United) and Arsenal. Instead, he replied] Four teams. Man City, Tottenham, Liverpool and Man City’s B team. When I looked at City’s bench and saw the players that weren’t involved in the XI, I believe even their B team can win the title

[Jose Mourinho says Harry Maguire can form a strong partnership with Victor Lindelof but rues not having that duo 12 months ago] I think he fully deserves the man of the match. I think he was solid like a rock. As we know it is very important for a team to have that

Not just the tactical knowledge but the personality, that sense of reading the game, of being alert all the time, confidence to play. He was fantastic, he was fantastic. Absolutely deserved [the man of the match]. I think he did [give United confidence]. A team can be very dangerous in attack but if you feel that the mistake is around the corner, the defensive mistakes are around the corner, it takes your confidence to play

You don’t play as well as you can. When you feel it, that there is something that really allows you to play, you are much more confident to do it. Maguire was good, Lindelof was good, as I always said Lindelof can be a very good player. With Maguire, I think they can make a very, very good couple. He arrived one year later!

2019 08 12 Retrieve

[Mourinho criticises Shaw again during Manchester United’s win against Chelsea] When Maguire has to cover Luke Shaw, and he will need to realise that he will need to do that a lot of times this season, they are not closing down the space in the box

They’re lacking maturity. For example, Luke Shaw. When I got here two years ago, the boy didn’t even know how to compete. Great potential, yes, but he doesn’t know how to compete

And when we talk about Luke Shaw, about Martial, about Lingard, about Marcus Rashford, we’re talking about boys with great potential but who still are lacking - a word I can’t say but you like to say a lot - having that [courage]. They’re lacking a bit of this

2019 09 01 Retrieve

[Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of Arsenal v Tottenhams] Maybe now, the feeling that I have what is happening with [Christian] Eriksen, with [Jan] Vertonghen, in the end of last season with [Toby] Alderweireld, it looks like probably now some of the boys they are not so happy to stay. They have their eyes in bigger pictures. Other players getting more money than them, other players getting more titles, look to Kyle Walker winning trophies, looking to the possibility to play for Real Madrid, for Barcelona, for Paris Saint-Germain. Maybe in this moment the team is not that focused family full of chemistry

2019 09 14 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on Cristiano Ronaldo] He is a phenomenon, someone who only thinks about winning and doing it more and more and better. That is why I am not surprised at all what he does. When he is 50 years old he will be at home and FIFA will invite him to a game of legends. He will play the game and score a goal. I am sure it will be like that

2019 09 29 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho famously labelled Karim Benzema forward a cat, back in 2010, vociferously complaining Benzema was not the hunting dog he needed up front] If you don’t have a dog to go out hunting with you, and you have a cat, you have to go out with a cat. You can’t go out alone

2019 10 20 Retrieve

[Speaking on Sky Sports, said that Ole does ‘good PR’ after Manchester United have had their worst league start in 30 years this season] They (Woodward and Solskjaer) did some good PR in the week to make it absolutely clear or create positive atmosphere for the game. I’m going to try and get a job like Ole has, and speak all the time about the future. I think it’s a great situation, three year contract – the future, the young players. I think it’s a great job to do in such a giant club

According to what we could read and watch last week, to make it clear or try to create a positive atmosphere for the game. What I understand is the future. I’m going to try and get a job like Ole has, and speak all the time about the future. I think it’s a great situation, three year contract – the future, the young players. I think it’s a great job to do in such a giant club

[Jose Mourinho takes sly dig at Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp after Manchester United draw] Because he never beat Manchester United at Old Trafford. I think he didn’t like the menu. He likes meat and he got fish, so he was not happy

They are of course much stronger playing against an opposition that gives them chances of transitions and counter attacks. Of course, United, with the limitations they have at this moment, they played a different type of game. They tried to be solid at the back, they tried to not give them a chance of transition, they kept always with three centre-backs in position plus Scott McTominay and Fred who were always compact

2019 10 24 Retrieve

[Hamit Altintop was brought in by Jose Mourinho in 2011, however the Portuguese coach did not react well when Altintop begged him to let him leave, stating that he could take it no more] Are you crazy? You want to leave Real Madrid? It is not possible, but how can you think that?

2019 11 06 Retrieve

[The man who once called Wenger a voyeur and a specialist in failure, the man who just two years ago sat in his post-match press conference after Manchester United had lost 2-0 at the Emirates] The Arsenal fans, they are happy. I’m happy for them. It’s the first time I leave Highbury or the Emirates and they are happy. It’s the first time! I left Highbury, they were crying. I left Emirates, they were crying. They were walking the street with their head low. So finally today they sing, they wave their scarves. It’s nice for them

2019 11 10 Retrieve

[Mourinho thinks the defensive display against Ajax as a reason for Blues fans to be fearful] In the first weekend, I was worried and I am still worried. I think fantastic work - the kids that are coming to the team are fitting amazingly well with the top class players like Willian and N’Golo Kante. Really great work by Frank but they have lost twice against Manchester United, they lost against Liverpool at home, they conceded four goals against Ajax and I am very curious to see Chelsea in the next match at the Etihad because I think I am curious to see if they found that great empathy between the good football they play and the pragmatism they must have to play against the top teams

When they find that I think they have a great team for the future. I don’t think they have it in them to finish in the top two - but I believe very seriously that they will finish top four

2019 11 11 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho has claimed the Premier League title race is already over following Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Manchester City on Sunday. Mourinho said his win with ​Chelsea at Anfield in 2014 handed Manchester City the title] When I gave you [Vincent Kompany] the title [back in 2014], you never told me thank you. When I gave you the title by winning here and you didn’t even call me to say thank you, you were the best team. They were not the best, they were there, they were almost there, but you were the best team, at this moment I don’t think there is that difference in power

They know how to win, they know how to cope with the pressure. Because if the distances are three points or six points, it is still very open, but if the difference is nine points, goodbye.

If you are behind [in the title race], you have to feel like you can reach them. If you are top of the league with a big advantage, you have to feel like it is not over

But I am not there, I’m here. And here, from my position, I think it’s done unless something dramatic happens in terms of an injury situation that breaks the team. But I think the team is a complete puzzle. I feel the way they play is adapted to the qualities of the players

Manchester City are capable of winning seven, eight, nine matches in a row, but I can’t see how Liverpool can lose this advantage of nine points to them

2019 11 17 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho worries about Chelsea FC defence under Frank Lampard] In the first weekend I was worried and I’m still worried with the big matches. They lost twice against United, they lost against Liverpool at home, they conceded four goals against Ajax and I’m very, very curious to see Chelsea in the next match at the Etihad

I’m curious to see if they found that great empathy between the good football they play and the pragmatism that the top teams must have to play against top teams

2019 11 18 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho praises Virgil van Dijk] It’s almost impossible to find weakness in his game … it would be unfair to compare other central defenders to him

2019 11 20 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho appointed new Tottenham manager] I am excited to be joining a club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters. The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me

2019 11 21 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho speaks after took over Tottenham Hotspur] I couldn’t be happier and if I was not as happy as I am, I wouldn’t be here. What can I promise? Passion, real passion. Passion for my job, but also passion for my club, that’s the way I have been all my career and I want to try, obviously, everything to bring happiness to everyone who loves the club. It’s a privilege when a manager goes to a club and feels that happiness in relation to the squad he is going to have

I met Spurs in cup finals, in big matches and to keep that respect was in the back of my mind that one day I could be one of you

2019 11 23 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho is impressed by his surroundings after taking charge at Tottenham Hotspur] You have to say [Spurs have] the best stadium in the world. That’s the reality. The training ground is also second to none. It probably can only be compared with some American Football training grounds. You cannot compare it with European football at any level

2019 11 26 Retrieve

[José Mourinho apologises to Eric Dier for first-half substitution] The most difficult moment of the game for me was not when Olympiakos scored the first or second goal but when I made the change in the first-half. Hurt the player but hurt myself. It’s important the player understands and I was lucky that my choice was a very intelligent boy who has a good understanding of what the team is. It was not about his performance

We were losing 2-0 in a very difficult moment and one positional midfield player was more than enough. I apologise to Eric, in spite of the fact he knows I did it for the team and not with the intention to hurt him

[Spurs took control of the game with Kane’s equaliser for 2-2 - after the quick-thinking of a ballboy. He returned the ball swiftly for a throw–n to allow the team to break upfield] To do that you have to be a very good ballboy. I was a very good ballboy between 10 and 15 or 16 years old. The kid understands the game, reads the game. He’s not there just to look at the stands, the lights or the stars. He’s there to watch the game. I tried to invite him to the dressing room at the end but he disappeared

2019 11 30 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho discusses how the lifespan of coaches has changed over recent years] Twenty years in a club? I don’t think it’s possible. Modern life, new technologies, social media - I think everything has an influence, even people’s mentality, faster relations, getting tired easily, so many things that are changing. Not [just] football but [these things] are changing the world and the perception of things that I think [Arsene] Wenger was the last ‘man/one’

2019 12 20 Retrieve

[Mourinho looks forward to Chelsea clash] For me, it’s a game. I am 100 per cent Tottenham, 100 per cent my club always , all my career. No space at all for my previous clubs. I gave everything to all of them. Everything. I kept nothing.

I gave everything but they are my previous clubs. I give everything to my club - my club is Tottenham. It’s so easy for me to play that game. Difficult because of Chelsea’s quality but not difficult from an emotional point of view

2019 12 21 Retrieve

[Quote on Zlatan] I don’t understand when people say he is a difficult guy to work with or a difficult personality. When you have somebody that is a winner and wants to win all the time, I think he is very, very easy. I only coached him for a year but it was a good year, a good experience and I rate him as one of the best players I have ever coached

2019 12 22 Retrieve

[Mourinho makes light of Rudiger reaction following ‘strange’ Son red] I hope Rudiger will recover from broken ribs because he will have broken ribs for sure. If he does nothing and the referee immediately gives a yellow card to Rudiger then he won’t have a reaction. But if he doesn’t then you can have this sort of emotional reaction. which the referee and VAR has to analyse.

For me football is football, the Premier League will be English football and for me that red card is a strange one. But I don’t want to focus on that because my team lost and I have to be complimentary to my opponents because they had the better handle on the game

[The final minutes of the match were tainted by racist chants directed at Rudiger, which caused the Spurs PA system to issue three pleas for fans to desist] I saw nothing, I saw the referee follow the protocol, he came to [fourth official] Andre Marriner, he came to me and Frank Lampard and told us what was happening. The protocol was followed and we are one of the clubs… every club is together on this situation and of course we are disappointed

2020 01 16 Retrieve

[Tshe Portuguese insisted that he would not badger his boss, Levy, to sign a replacement for the England captain as the chairman always acts in the interests of the club] Daniel Levy always tries to do the best for the club and he’ll do what he thinks is the best and what he thinks is possible

2020 01 24 Retrieve

[Mourinho says Tottenham’s winter break is in the wrong moment] It is what it is. I am not happy that the break comes in the wrong moment because the break should be before the Champions League. In the end before the Champions League we don’t have the break. We have to play Aston Villa on the Sunday before playing Red Bull [Leipzig] two days later. We really don’t care about the break really

[Mourinho says his team would deal with having an extra game added to their fixture list because they would stil be able to win the tournament] If we have to play Southampton in a second match it means we are still alive in the competition and it is better than losing. If we can choose a result, the one we are going to try to get is of course to win the match, if we get a draw we are still alive. To play at home in the second match is better than to lose

[While Parrott is not yet ready to fill the shoes of Kane, Mourinho hinted the Republic of Ireland international could get an opportunity in the first team against the Saints] If [Parrott] has to play with us, he will. He will do his best, he will show his good qualities, he will show his fragilities because at this moment he is a 17-year-old kid with fragilities in his game. But in this moment I cannot tell you, it is possible he is selected for this game

2020 02 18 Retrieve

[Mourinho doesn’t expect Son to play again for Tottenham this season] We are going to miss him. The club wrote a nice statement. If I was the one to write the statement I would write differently. We miss him. I’m not going to count on him again this season. If he plays two or three games then it’s because he (his press officer) is very optimistic, but I’m not counting on him.

The situation couldn’t be worse. That is obvious. There is nothing we can do. We are going to play with the players we have available. I was worried about not having attacking options on the bench, now I don’t have attacking options on the pitch! No strikers, no market. Nothing. The only help we can have is our crowd. The Tottenham supporters, that is the only thing that I ask because to the players I cannot ask more than what they are giving

[Mourinho added on Tottenham’s bid to qualify for the Champions League for a fifth successive season] I like analogies. When we arrived, we were -12 [from fourth]. We started climbing the stairs but the stairs immediately broke. We found a way, we start climbing and, 11 floors up, when we arrive on the fourth floor, someone took the stairs away!

2020 03 01 Retrieve

[Mourinho insists Parrott still not ready as Spurs boss defends makeshift striker Alli] The match was close and will always be close. If you look at it in that perspective then yes, we missed a big chance to score a beautiful goal and to make the score 3-1. That’s football though, and nobody’s to blame. Ben arrived in a great position, the cross is great and Dele makes the run that he has to make. He’s pretty good in the air for a player who is not a striker. He’s a good header of the ball. He was unlucky. Obviously without the strikers we tried different solutions. I think it worked in the sense that we managed to score goals. We managed to have some opportunities. We managed to arrive in dangerous positions. I believe we had more possession than them. We had more control than them

He is not ready, he is not ready. He’s a good kid, a good talent, he’s a kid we want to help. He’s a kid who needs help, not just on the pitch but outside the pitch. He’s a kid we are going to take care of like we have since the beginning and he’s a kid who is obviously going to have a real opportunity in the right moment when we feel it is the moment.

Why was he on the bench? He was on the bench because Erik Lamela told me before the game he was not even ready to go on the bench. So, in that moment, without Lamela, we brought Troy in and in the last five minutes we put on a striker who at least knows the position so he could try to fix Conor Coady, giving Dele some more space and freedom. That is the way it is. We have to try to keep close [to the top four] until the moment we have our power back.

2020 03 03 Retrieve

[Mourinho refusing to rush ‘privileged one’ Parrott despite Spurs’ striker shortage] He will be on the bench tomorrow. We are taking very good care of him. We cannot tell you every single detail. We are taking care of a player and a young boy. He’s 18 but one month ago he was 17.

We are taking good care of him. Yesterday we decided it was good for him to play [for the U23s] but only for 45 minutes. The objective was to get some football. He has qualities, he has potential. He’s not an end product and he has a lot to develop at every level. He’s going to be on the bench tomorrow again. He has two Premier League appearances, something that’s not normal for 18-year-olds. He’s a privileged one. He has the privilege of that and training with the first team and the very good people in the academy. Step by step

[While caution is being favoured with Parrott, the same approach is being taken with Hugo Lloris’ fitness] I can tell you he is not playing tomorrow but I cannot tell you he isn’t playing on Saturday

2020 04 01 Retrieve

[Mourinho quickly hit Mutu back. Mourinho fined Mutu the maximum two weeks’ wages - reportedly around £120,000] Nobody in Chelsea football club said he cannot go to the national team, he cannot train with the national team, he is not in condition, you are forbidden to go, nobody. We never say to a player ‘you don’t go’ because we can’t.