Jose Mourinho wins Portuguese coach of the century

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Jose Mourinho was honoured with the Portuguese coach of the century award at last night's ceremony celebrating 100 years of Portugal football in Estoril.

The Chelsea boss was chosen as the clear winner thanks to his remarkable managerial achievements since his breakthrough role at Porto.

Mourinho is one of only five managers to have won the Champions League with two different clubs - he won it with Porto and Inter Milan - and he's looking to make it three with Chelsea this season.

Similarly, his record in domestic competitions is pretty formidable too. The Stamford Bridge boss has won league titles in Spain, Portugal, England and Italy, with Real Madrid, Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan.

And needless to say, Mourinho was honoured to receive the award bestowed upon him by the greats of Portuguese football.

"Obviously the titles I won with FC Porto are the most important for me during my career because they were titles won with a Portuguese team and for the Portuguese football," Mourinho said.

"And in the case of FC Porto it was a unique situation which was winning a final of a Champions League with nine Portuguese players. I would like this to happen again.

"I also would dare to challenge, in a risky way, the next Portuguese coach to win a Champions League with a Portuguese team playing with a majority of Portuguese players who can feed the National team as Porto did at the time of Euro 2004. If so, I will give him this trophy."

Mourinho will be looking to win his third Premier League title this season. Chelsea currently sit two points clear of reigning champions Manchester City, and the Blues have looked strong since the first weekend of the season.

A slight blip over the Christmas period - a draw against Southampton was followed by defeat to Tottenham - was ended with wins in the FA Cup over Watford and over Newcastle in the Premier League so far this January.

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