When Jose Mourinho arrived on our shores, the first time, he immediately anointed himself ‘The Special One’. Samuel Eto’o has proclaimed him ‘The Incredible One’ after overcoming a 3-1 deficit against Paris Saint-Germain. Although recently their relationship has shown fractures in regards to the Cameroon striker's mystery age.
However judging by his combination of meticulous planning, winning tactics, direct man management and charismatic persona the Portuguese manager’s next moniker could be ‘The Divine One’.
Mourinho’s trophy cabinet speaks for itself (in 6 languages no less). He’s the only manager to win the UEFA Cup and the Champion’s League in successive seasons, which he achieved with FC Porto. He has won the league title and league cup at least once with every club he has managed.
His home league record stands out as a bastion of dogged determination and downright stubbornness to not lose. If somehow you’re unaware of this record then please brace yourself against a sturdy object. Jose Mourinho didn’t lose a professional home league football match for nine years. The incredible run lasted 151 games that encompassed tenures at four different clubs.
With the amount people spout about him ‘parking the bus’ you’d think he was dropping your kids off at school. Naysayers wax lyrical about him discrediting ‘The Beautiful Game’ but beauty is in the eye of the beholder (or cup holder if you ask Mourinho himself).
There is always scepticism at success and Jose is no different. He has perhaps endured more than most as he goes against the grain of the modern football mentality and been extremely prolific.
Physics tells us that every force has a counterforce; Mourinho has made that his specialty.
The majority of coaches nowadays ingrain their young players with passing and off-the-ball pressing tips. Jose instead opts for sitting deep and counter attacking with pace and power, he is a football reactionary playing reactively.
Before the ripples of hypocrisy reach my feet yes I am fanatical about attacking football but I have the utmost respect for those that only entertain a winning mentality…on the legal side of biting your opponent Mike and Luis. True winners are born not made and if Mourinho were a twin you can be sure he would have crowned first.
Mourinho may be modern football management’s Ned Ludd, smashing up evolved phases of play instead of stocking frames, but who needs tiki-taka when your trophy cabinet has more silver than Lil Wayne’s front teeth?
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