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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 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

2011 08 27 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho caused uproar at Inter in 2009 when he openly questioned Sulley Muntari’s decision to fass] 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 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. ThThere 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

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 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 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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

[Harry Maguire had to cover for Luke Shaw when the left-back was out of position. Mourinho said Man United’s new £80million man will have to get used to that] Maguire is attracted to the outside to cover for Luke Shaw. He [Maguire] will learn over the season he needs to do that a lot [cover for Shaw].

[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 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 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 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 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 17 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 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’