You don’t have to be a Chelsea fan to know how much Jose Mourinho means to Chelsea faithful.
The Portuguese man arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2004 and declared himself “A Special One.” Some people called it arrogance, but I remember watching that press conference and I remember the look on Mourinho’s face when he said it.
Mourinho truly believed he was “A Special One.” This wasn’t a game for him.
Mourinho guided Chelsea to its first Premier League title ever and its first English Championship in 50 years in 2004/05 and followed with another in 2005/06. The only thing that eluded Jose Mourinho was the UEFA Champions League.
It hurt, you could tell.
Since leaving Chelsea after a disagreement with Russian Oligarch and owner Roman Abramovich Mourinho has gone on to show Red Rom what he’s been missing.
Mourinho was successful immediately at Inter Milan, winning the Italian Supercup and Serie A. In 2010 he went on to complete a treble, beating Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final, before moving to Real Madrid.
People talk of Mourinho’s tenure at Real Madrid like it was a failure, but I’m not sure why. Real Madrid had been trophyless since 2008 when Mourinho won the Copa Del Rey in 2011 and went without a league title for four seasons until Mourinho won La Liga with them in 2012.
Much of Mourinho’s failures in his third season at the Bernabeu can be blamed on the “Galactico” mentality of the players and hierarchy at Real Madrid, possibly the press too. Mourinho’s outspoken style is not liked by Madrid, or the press and this is the season that Mourinho’s relationship with Spain reached breaking point.
He lost the dressing room by dropping an out-of-form Iker Casillas for Antonio Adan (who performed well above his expected abilities), and fell out with star player Cristiano Ronaldo.
My problem with calling his tenure at Madrid a failure is the nature of Madrid as a club in general. Madrid want to win, and that is fine, but the reason that Chelsea and Internazionale won so much is because the players bought into Mourinho. They listened to him, respected him, I’m not sure the ego’s at Real Madrid ever did.
The “Galactico” mentality is not something that Mourinho ever seemed comfortable with. His management style normally means he is the top dog, the top ego. That allows him to be himself and take the pressure off of his players so that they can just play football.
Not the case at Real Madrid.
Despite him clearly butting heads with the hierarchy and players, Mourinho still won three trophies in three seasons, had a win percentage of an astonishing 71.75%, averaged 2.67 goals per game and a ridiculous 2.29 points per match in his time at Real Madrid.
That doesn’t sound like failure to me.
In fact the past three seasons at Real Madrid were his best, statistically, of his career despite winning a treble in Italy with Inter Milan.
All signs point toward Jose Mourinho improving as a manager since leaving Chelsea, not regressing. The problem a lot of fans have with Mourinho is that he hops from big team to big team, winning titles then leaving. I’m not sure that will be the case this time around with Chelsea.
Mourinho loves his family and seems to be desperate not only to put down roots somewhere but also to be somewhere he is loved. That would be England, specifically in the SW6 postcode of London, not far from where Mourinho still has a house.
When Mourinho left Chelsea, it was to show Roman Abramovich who was really the boss. Mourinho never wanted be away from Chelsea that long and it’s hard to think that Mourinho would ever really considered the Manchester United job regardless of his respect for Sir Alex Ferguson.
In interviews recently, Mourinho has lashed out at the Spanish media and the Real Madrid fans stating that he knows he isn’t liked in Spain by both entities. He was quoted as saying: “I am loved by some clubs, especially one. In Spain it is different, some people hate me, many of you in this room.”
It’s obvious that the club he speaks of is Chelsea. It’s obvious that he has always loved Chelsea, too. In interviews since leaving Chelsea he has spoken of Chelsea as “we.” He still feels like he is part of the club.
It probably doesn’t help that his arch nemesis Pep Guardiola turned down the Chelsea job, too.
In an ITV documentary on Jose Mourinho we are enlightened to his hatred of Barcelona and Pep Guardiola. Mourinho disliked the way that Barcelona treated him. With Barcelona fans calling him “the translator” because of his time working with Bobby Robson at Camp Nou. Couple that with the adulation Guardiola received from the Spanish public and presses it is not a surprise that when Inter Milan beat Barcelona to advance to the final of the 2010 Champions League Mourinho made a scene.
Missiles were thrown from the stands, the sprinklers were turned on and Victor Valdes attempted to drag a celebrating Mourinho from the field. Then it turned personal as Mourinho took charge at Real Madrid.
Most recently Mourinho even asserted Guardiola is scared of him saying: “It’s his choice. Has he deliberately chosen a league I am not involved in? I don’t know.” Mourinho has previously made it known he never intends to coach in Germany.
The rivalry will continue this coming season when Chelsea play Bayern Munich in the UEFA Super Cup.
His love for Chelsea and his hatred for Pep are the reasons that Mourinho can be nothing but successful at Chelsea. He loves the club too much fail, and he hates Pep too much to not go somewhere he didn’t and win trophies.
Mourinho will be successful because he wants to continue his legacy, sure. But also remember that he bleeds blue on the inside.
“The Special One” is set to embark on a quest to rival the dynasty Sir Alex Ferguson built at Manchester United. And frankly, there’s no stopping him.
He is the “Only One” for Chelsea.
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