Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has admitted that he's admired Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson since his Porto side eliminated the Red Devils from the Champions League back in 2004, reports the Telegraph.
The Blues boss, who also knocked Ferguson out of Europe in the Scotsman's final season in charge at the Theatre of Dreams, believes the now retired boss has two faces.
In fact, the Blues boss has insisted that he tries to emulate the ex-Red Devils boss as he goes in search of long term success on the management scene.
Speaking to the Telegraph about the former Manchester United manager, Mourinho said: “That was when I felt the two faces of such a big man.
“The first face was the competitor, the man that tried everything to win.
"And after that I found the man with principles, with the respect for the opponent, with the fair play – I found these two faces in that period, and that was very important for me.
“In my culture, the Portuguese and the Latin culture, we don’t have that culture of the second face.
“We are in football to win and when we don’t there is not a second face most of the time.
“But when we beat United in the Champions League I got that beautiful face of a manager which I try to have myself. I try.”
Now, of course, Mourinho will be hoping to win his third Premier League title as Chelsea boss, as his side close in on England's greatest prize.
A different path
Ultimately, though, despite Mourinho attempting to emulate Ferguson, the Blues boss has certainly gone down a different route in his attempt to succeed in the game.
While Ferguson enjoyed consistent success on a long term basis for the Red Devils, Mourinho has moved from club-to-club, constantly proving his credentials.
There's no doubt about it, when Mourinho eventually follows Ferguson into retirement, the Portuguese tactician will be fondly remembered - but in a different way to the ex-United manager. One thing's for sure they are both greats of the game.
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