Jose Mourinho has certainly mellowed in recent years.
The Portuguese coach shook up the Premier League following his arrival in 2004, taking on Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson and declaring himself the Special One.
Mourinho was pure box office. He clashed with opposing managers and players and made every interview and press conference a must-watch event, all the while adding more and more trophies to his collection.
The Mourinho of today isn’t quite as exciting, though.
The Times reported last year after Mourinho joined Tottenham that he put in hours to shed his moody image during an 11-month hiatus.
And the results are obvious.
The 57-year-old made headlines after calling out midfielder Tanguy Ndombele following a 1-1 draw against Burnley last season, while his clash with Danny Rose was aired on Amazon’s All or Nothing documentary.
But for the most part, he’s steered clear of drama.
However, football fans still remember - and miss - old school Jose.
He was at his most entertaining when he gave a prickly interview with Sky Sports’ Geoff Shreeves following Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Liverpool in 2014.
The game is most commonly remembered for Steven Gerrard’s slip, which contributed to Liverpool throwing away the Premier League title.
But Mourinho’s post-match interview should never be forgotten.
Shreeves asked the then-Chelsea boss why he had shouted “they wanted the clowns” when he ran down the tunnel at the final whistle.
Mourinho responded by sarcastically saying he had been speaking to someone about the circus, before refusing to answer Shreeves’ question about his tactics in the win.
“You have your pundits,” Mourinho said. “Jamie Redknapp is a brilliant football brain that can explain everything.”
Watch the classic interview below.
Here's Mourinho's entire interview, as well as Brendan Rodgers'.
Mourinho has found management more difficult than he once did in recent years, so it's hardly surprising he doesn't carry himself with as much arrogance as he once did.
But it would be great if he brought out old school Jose every once in a while. We miss him.
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