Running His Mouth: Mourinho’s Best Quotes
September 11, 2015
After Chelsea’s opening day draw with Swansea at Stamford Bridge, Blues manager Jose Mourinho managed to deflect attention from a disappointing performance by becoming embroiled in a row with his medical staff. This is typical of the man, who is a master manipulator of the media and has been responsible for some of the most memorable quotes in the history of the Premier League.
It seems only right to commemorate this with a look back at some of Mourinho’s most memorable quotes, featuring the angry, the bizarre, and the well, simply wonderful…
On Rafa Benetiz
Mourinho’s ongoing war of words with Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez was reignited recently, after the latter’s wife ridiculed Mourinho’s record. After responding with a less than subtle jibe about Rafa’s weight, we can expect more to follow on this row in the future. One of his best quotes came after Benitez won the Club World Cup with Inter Milan after inheriting Mourinho’s treble-winning team of the previous season, with Jose reported as saying “I thought he was going to thank me for the title I gave him. Inter fans would tell you how they really feel about it.” Cue radio silence from Benitez and the addition of yet another chapter in their rivalry.
On Arsene Wenger
Once again, there are too many quotes passed between Wenger and Mourinho to cover in a single sitting. Mourinho overstepped the mark in the eyes of many during a press conference last season, however, by denouncing Wenger’s winning record of one trophy in nine years and labelling the Frenchman as a “specialist in failure”. This is not the first insult that Mourinho has thrown at Wenger during their decade of sparring, but it is arguably the worst and underlines the extent to which their professional relationship has deteriorated.
On Pep Guardiola
By the time Jose Mourinho left Real Madrid, both senior players and club officials had grown weary of the controversial Portuguese. The defensive (and not to mention aggressive) deployment of Pepe in midfield in games against Barcelona was a particularly controversial measure, as it led to a number of tempestuous battles and caused considerable friction between Mourinho and Guardiola.
After a defeat in the Champions League semi-final, Mourinho accused Barcelona of playacting and said “One day I would like Josep Guardiola (then coach of Barcelona) to win this competition properly. If I tell UEFA what I really think and feel, my career would end now. Instead I will just ask a question to which I hope one day to get a response: Why?” Guardiola responded emotively, and the two have scarcely communicated since parting ways.