A look back at the greatest Jose Mourinho Quotes including his comments on the biggest players and managers of the football world to his controversial tactics.
There is no denying the fact that Jose Mourinho is among the most successful football managers of all time. Mourinho started his managerial career after leaving his job as a school teacher in the 90s. His first job in football industry was with famous English manager, Bobby Robson. Mourinho worked for Robson first as a translator and later as an assistant in Porto and Barcelona.
In 2012, Mourinho joined Porto where he made a name for himself by miraculously winning the Domestic Double and the Uefa Champions League in the 2003-2004 season. He then joined the English Club, Chelsea, where he got his famous nickname, The Special One in his first press conference. Under his guidance, Chelsea became the most fearsome power of the English football and won two Premier League title.
Mourinho's amazing success continued at his next club, Inter Milan, Inter Milan, where he won the treble in 2009-2010, after beating Pep Guardiola'sBarcelona
in the Semi Final of the UCL. Real Madrid went after him, hoping he would be the man to break Barcelona dominance.
Mourinho arrived in Madrid in 2010 and won the Copa Del Rey in his first season. He won the La Liga title with Real Madrid in the following season, breaking many records along the way.
Next stop for Mourinho wasManchester United
, where he won the Uefa European Cup. Despite his failure to win the premier League title, Manchester experienced its most successful period since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Mourinho was out of job for a year after leaving Manchester United, but came back as the new Tottenham's coach in the middle of 2019-20 season.
In total, Mourinho has managed 9 teams in around 970 matches. He has a win percentage of 64.4. With 25 trophies, Mourinho is at the 8th in the list of most decorated managers in football history.in the following article we present you with a complete collection of
Jose Mourinho quotes
A complete collection of Jose Mourinho quotes including his controversial views as well as his comments on Messi and Ronaldo.
Mourinho is one of the most decorated managers of all time, leading every one of his teams either to domestic or European glory. He has shown throughout his managerial career that he is a natural born winner. He strongly believes that winning is the most important thing in football and his teams are famous for their winning mentality.
Many football fans admire Mourinho for his modern version of defensive football and many managers around the world have tried to imitate his vision and tactics. On the other hand, many have criticized him for being too defensive. In this part of the article we will have a look at the
best Jose Mourinho quotes
on his football system and his defenses of it against the critics.
"The style of how we play is very important. But it is omelettes and eggs. No eggs – no omelettes! It depends on the quality of the eggs. In the supermarket you have class one, two or class three eggs and some are more expensive than others and some give you better omelettes. So when the class one eggs are in Waitrose and you cannot go there, you have a problem.""“I don’t want to win the Europa League. It would be a big disappointment for me. I don’t want my players to feel theEuropa League
is our competition."
"Look, we’re not entertaining? I don’t care; we win."
"I don’t say we are a defensive team. I say we are a strong team in defensive terms, but at the same time lacking sufficient fluidity in attack because that will take time to come."
"I intend to give my best, to improve things and to create the football team in relation to my image and my football philosophy."
"When you just work tactically, in pure football sessions, you can see the way they can think football."
"You can have the top stars to bring the attention, you can have the best stadium, you can have the best facilities, and you can have the most beautiful project in terms of marketing and all this kind of thing. But if you don’t win… All the work these people are doing is forgotten."
"It’s not important how we play. If you have a Ferrari and I have a small car, to beat you in a race I have to break your wheel or put sugar in your tank."
Jose Mourinho is famous for his extravagant comments about himself. He famously introduced himself as 'the Special One' in his first press conference at the Premier League. Many fans despise him for being arrogant. Others love him for that. Whether you are a fan of him or not, it is certainly interesting to have a look at
Mourinho best quotes
"Please do not call me arrogant because what I say is true. I’m European champion. I’m not one out of the bottle, I think I’m a special one."
"If I wanted to have an easy job…I would have stayed at Porto - beautiful blue chair, theUefa Champions League
trophy, God, and after God, me."
"When they have somebody that wins four Premier Leagues for them, I become number two. Until this moment Judas is number one."
"We have top players and, sorry if I’m arrogant, we have a top manager."
“He must really think I’m a great guy. He must think that, because otherwise He would not have given me so much. I have a great family. I work in a place where I’ve always dreamt of working. He has helped me out so much that He must have a very high opinion of me”
Almost all the players who have worked with Jose Mourinho have praised him for his inspirational characteristics. Mourinho is a strong-willed and confident individual. Going through his interviews, it is obvious that motivation and hard work are the two main principles of Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese manager is famous for getting the best out of his players. Many of the world best stars reached their highest potential under his. So it is very interesting to have a look at
Jose Mourinho motivational quotes
"For me, the real age is not the age on your ID. That’s just a date when you were born."
"Pressure? There is no pressure. Bird Flu is pressure. You laugh, but I am being serious. I am more worried about the swan then I am about football."
"I have a problem, which is I’m getting better at everything related to my job since I started."
"Fear is not a word in my football dictionary."
"I am Jose Mourinho and I don’t change. I arrive with all my qualities and my defects."
"I would rather play with 10 men than wait for a player who is late for the bus."
"The moral of the story is not to listen to those who tell you not to play the violin but stick to the tambourine."
"I am prepared. The more pressure there is, the stronger I am. InPortugal
, we say the bigger the ship, the stronger the storm. Fortunately for me, I have always been in big ships."
"We want to follow a dream, yes, it’s true, but one thing is to follow the dream, another thing is to follow an obsession… and this is not an obsession, it’s just a dream."
"When I go to the press conference before the game, in my mind the game has already started."
"One day he (Einstein) said that the only mechanical force more powerful than steam, electricity and atomic energy is will. That Alberto bloke was not stupid. With will you can achieve things."
"To be the ultimate team, you must use your body and your mind. Draw up on the resources of your teammates. Choose your steps wisely and you will win. Remember only teams succeed."
He may not be as funny and charming as Jurgen Klopp, But Jose Mourinho has shown that he has a very unique sense of humor. You can never guess when he is going to say something funny and he has a habit of surprising his listeners. Here are a selection of
Jose Mourinho funny quotes
"Look, I’m a coach, I’m not Harry Potter. He is magical, but in reality there is no magic. Magic is fiction and football is real."
"If they made a film of my life, I think they should get George Clooney to play me. He’s a fantastic actor and my wife thinks he would be ideal."
"Young players are like melons. Only when you open and taste the melon are you 100% sure that the melon is good."
"You may as well put a cow in the middle of the pitch, walking. And then stop the game because there was a cow."
"I have nothing, nothing to say. Nothing, nothing to say. Nothing to say, I have nothing to say. Nothing to say, I am so sorry, I have nothing to say"
"It’s like having a blanket that is too small for the bed. You pull the blanket up to keep your chest warm and your feet stick out. I cannot buy a bigger blanket because the supermarket is closed. But the blanket is made of cashmere"
"You may as well put a cow in the middle of the pitch, walking. And then stop the game because there was a cow"
"I was nine or 10 years old and my father was sacked on Christmas Day. He was a manager, the results had not been good, and he lost a game on December 22 or 23. On Christmas Day, the telephone rang and he was sacked in the middle of our lunch."
In every generation, young football fans argue endlessly about who is the best player of the history of football. In our generation the debate is mostly betweenLionel Messi
and Cristiano Ronaldo fans. Jose Mourinho experienced some of the best years of his managerial career while having Ronaldo on his team. So it is understandable why he considers him to be better than Lionel Messi. He are
Jose Mourinho famous quotes
on Messi and Ronaldo.
On Lionel Messi:
"Can Messi be suspended for acting? Barcelona is a cultural city with many great theatres and this boy has learned very well. He’s learned play-acting."
"Messi is like a porn movie, everybody likes it but in public they deny it."
"I don't think Messi has to win the World Cup with Argentina to be great, he's already great. A lot of the greats did it, so they're all waiting for him to do it too."
"Leo Messi is impossible to mark. He is unique and makes a difference. With him, any great team can win the Champions League."
"Messi has the most dangerous opponent I've ever had. Every time I had to face him, I spent hours and hours thinking about how to stop him collectively, because it's impossible to mark the man."
On Cristiano Ronaldo:
"If Messi is the best on the planet, Ronaldo is the best in the universe."
"Cristiano Ronaldo is fantastic. I will not compare him with Messi, we're talking about two great players. I will say this yearCristiano Ronaldo
has been better."
"What Cristiano does not surprise me, At 34, he is a top player, who plays in a top team and has top ambitions. It does not surprise me because he is a case study in genetic terms, and mentality as well."
"He is a phenomenon, someone who only thinks about winning and doing it more and more and better. That is why I am not surprised at all what he does."
"When he is 50 years old he will be at home and FIFA will invite him to a game of legends. He will play the game and score a goal. I am sure it will be like that."
The followings are
Jose Mourinho quotes
on two of his biggest rivals, Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger.
On Pep Guardiola:
Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola are considered as two of the best managers in the football world. What's interesting about them is that they seem to be the complete opposite of each other. Their most memorable duels were during the time they managed Real Madrid and Barcelona. The two coach had tense confrontations during some of the most exciting Clasico's of all time.
Guardiola and Mourinho rivalry is still on. The two charismatic coaches have both been active in thePremier League
. However, they seem to get calmer with age and rarely speak badly of each other. Here are Jose Mourinho quotes on Pep Guardiola.
"Every time I play Pep Guardiola I end up with 10 men. It must be some sort of UEFA rule."
"When you enjoy what you do, you don’t lose your hair, and Guardiola is bald. He doesn’t enjoy football."
On Arsene Wenger:
Mourinho also had a tense relationship with Arsene Wenger. The two even into a physical fight in one of the games between Chelsea andArsenal
and they were never on good terms with each other. Here are Mourinho best quotes on his rivalry with Arsene Wenger:
"I think Arsene Wenger is one of these people who is a voyeur. He likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, have a big telescope to see what happens in other families. He speaks, speaks, and speaks about Chelsea."
"Some clubs are treated as devils, some are treated as angels. I don’t think we are so ugly that we should be seen as the devil and I don’t think Arsene Wenger and David Dein are so beautiful that they should be viewed as angels."
"If he is right and I am afraid of failure it is because I didn’t fail many times. Eight years without silverware, that’s failure. He’s a specialist in failure. If I do that in Chelsea, eight years, I leave and don’t come back."
"There are some managers, the last time they won a title was 10 years ago, and the last time I won was a year ago. I will never be able to work without success… to finish 4th is not the aim"
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Jose Mourinho quotes
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