When Jose Mourinho first appeared in the Premier League as manager of Chelsea back in 2004, who couldn't help but be drawn in by his entertaining and refreshing demeanour in interviews, setting him apart from his dour peers at the time.
The majority of fans will be used to the predictable stock phased clichéd answers used by many domestic managers seemingly scared of introducing too much personality into interviews with the press.
Few managers have provided journalists with more interesting and newsworthy sound-bites than Jose (one recalls Ian Holloway and his fantastic use of the metaphor and story telling, however he is a manager not operating at the same level as Jose).
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Now in his third season of his second term with Chelsea something seems to have changed in the man who left Stamford Bridge for the bright lights of Milan and Madrid.
It has been well documented that his style of football was at odds with many supporters and journalists in these two major footballing cities, even though his success at both clubs, is undoubted.
Comments aimed by Mourinho at rivals both last season, and this, which may once have seemed jovial, now have a hint of bitterness and are obvious mind games which are aimed at putting pressure on managers before a ball has been kicked.
We all recall the master of mind games Sir Alex Ferguson unhinging other managers with his comments, yet Mourinho seems to aim his shots far and wide, rather than home in on a particular target closest to challenging his team, as Fergie used to do.
Given that Chelsea were easily the best team last year and deserved to win the league, one would have thought that this would have settled Mourinho down to focus on making his own team capable of challenging the elite clubs in the Champions League, who appear to be pulling away from the Premier Leagues best in terms of quality.
However his recent outburst and treatment of his medical staff, at best comical and worst disgraceful, further appear to suggest that Mourinho has lost some of the sense of charm he once had.
His deluded comments regarding the result away at Manchester City, a match which the 3–0 score line did not flatter City, further point to either a man struggling to deflect attention away from an ailing team or a man who is losing touch with reality.
Mourinho is a winner, however I for one certainly would like to see a return to the Mourinho of old, a winner, but one with class, style and an element of comedy.
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