Jose Mourinho is a fascinating character. The Chelsea boss, who initially graced us with his presence way back in 2004, arrived in England claiming that he was 'The Special One'.
It's a press conference that has already gone down in history. To this day, we are reminded of those three words...and 'The Special One' is showing no signs of fading; he seems to be getting stronger.
Mourinho is No.1
Mind games alone, Jose Mourinho is out on his own. There's no doubt about it, the Blues boss has changed and adapted over time. It would be wrong to say he was naive when he first arrived in England, but his power is now on a different level to all of those around him.
In 2004, with Sir Alex Ferguson and the then trophy-winning Arsene Wenger around, Mourinho had it all to prove. The man who had succeeded at Porto had new challengers; he wasn't the top dog anymore. It didn't take him long, however, to prove his credentials to his rivals.
And now he is the top dog - and by some way. There's no one that comes close to him. He's not just special; he's also extremely powerful, and there's nothing that he won't do in order to help his and his team's progression. There's a strategy behind everything that he does.
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Of late, with Chelsea battling it out for the Premier League title, Mourinho has been thriving. Let's go back to the end of last year, when the Blues boss insisted that there was a campaign against his side...
On December 28, speaking to BBC Sport, Mourinho said: "The media, commentators, other managers are all doing it [putting pressure on referees]. There is a campaign against Chelsea. I don't know why there is this campaign and I do not care."
Mourinho doesn't care, though, so let's just disregard this shall we...of course he cares. The media, commentators and fellow managers were all taken out in one brilliant Mourinho statement. Clever. Oh yeah, and the whole thing was just to put pressure on referees.
Since then, of course, we've been through the whole FA charges debacle, but that hasn't stopped Mourinho's mind games in the early stages of 2015.
At it again
In fact, the Blues boss recently distanced himself from the media before returning with a bang.
As reported by BBC Sport, speaking about Robin van Persie's alleged elbow on West Ham star James Tomkins, the Blues boss told reporters: "I need a bit more time to understand why some people are punished, others aren't."
"The same people that suspended my player didn't want to suspend a player this weekend. And they could. I know that if it was one of mine...
"Last season happened the same thing, when Ramires was suspended. It was exactly the same thing.
"A Manchester City player [Yaya Toure] kicked a player on the floor at Norwich [Ricky van Wolfswinkel] and nothing happened."
Another message sent.
It's not just about getting under everyone's skin, though. There's usually another agenda on Mourinho's mind. He is the master at diverting attention away from his team. A poor performance will more often than not be down to a refereeing decision.
In Mourinho's head, it's us against the world - and it's exactly how he likes it; he wouldn't have it any other way. It's what keeps him ahead of the rest and it's what keeps him and his team in a position of power.
Jose Mourinho can take them all on: from the FA, to fellow managers and pundits, the Blues boss will be happy to go to war with anyone, and there will only ever be one winner.
Chelsea will probably win the Premier League title this season despite (apparently) everyone being against them. Mourinho will not be stopped.
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