After all, it was the Special One and Roman Abramovich’s financial backing that saw the Blues rise to the domestic juggernauts they are today. Three Premier League titles, three League Cups and an FA Cup is a record that speaks for itself.
Therefore, you’d think Mourinho would have been gutted upon his sacking from the club with which he has such an affinity. Well, the 53-year-old has revealed that wasn’t exactly the case when he was sent packing in 2015.
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Last December saw Mourinho sacked from the Chelsea job for the second time in his career. The decision came on the back of the Blues’ highly disappointing start to their 2015-16 title defence campaign.
Despite having won the Premier League title in emphatic fashion just months before, the west London side flopped and eventually finished in tenth place.
The beginning of the end came when the Portuguese had a high-profile fall-out with club doctor Eva Carneiro that eventually went to court. It set the tone for a tumultuous spell that is arguably the worst of Mourinho’s career.
Defeat at the hands of Southampton, Bournemouth and, damningly, Leicester City saw Mourinho struck with déjà vu in being dismissed by Abramovich yet again.
How did Mourinho react though? After all, his parting of ways with Inter Milan had seen him hug his players in tears, was this is the case in 2015 with Chelsea?
In short, no.
In fact, the current Manchester United boss has revealed this week that his response was somewhat reserved. It certainly isn’t what Chelsea fans would have expected as well as hoped to have heard.
According to the Daily Mail, the ex-Real Madrid manager explained: “I wasn't sat at home crying. No, not at all, I just felt 'I've no job.’
“It is difficult to work in the next couple of weeks and months. Probably the best thing for me was to work only the next summer. So I just tried to enjoy my life immediately.
“I remember I left the training ground, it was not nice for my family to have so many people at the door for a couple of days but then it was finished. Then I start doing my life in a very normal way.
“When I leave a club in two different periods I give titles, I give to the fans some of the best moments as a clubs supporters then you leave with a feeling of 'I did my job'. That was the feeling.”
At first glance you see Mourinho and Chelsea supporters as having a tight knit relationship, yet this indicative of quite the contrary on the Portuguese’s half.
On his own admission, he was over the decision reasonably quickly and was simply saddened by the fact he’d become unemployed.
Whether this was a ploy to buoy Manchester United fans or not, it certainly won’t aid his chances of a pleasant reception on Sunday. Nevertheless, given all he has done for the Blues, it’s hard to imagine it’ll be too hostile.
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