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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Jose Mourinho: Special quotes from the Special One

Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho

Ahead of Mourinho facing hid old team Chelsea, we look at some of his most memorable soundbites

“Please don’t call me arrogant, but I’m European champion and I think I’m a special one.”

Jose makes a typically under-stated arrival at Stamford Bridge

“They brought the bus and they left the bus in front of the goal. I would have been frustrated if I had been a supporter who paid £50 to watch this game because Spurs came to defend. There was only one team looking to win, they only came not to concede – it’s not fair for the football we played.”

When a frustrated coach couldn’t get past Tottenham’s ‘bus’ in a scoreless draw

“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.”

It’s no yolk as a lack of cash leads Jose to go crackers

“We have top players and, sorry if I’m arrogant, we have a top manager.”

Never one to avoid a little bit of self-praise

“Sometimes you see beautiful people with no brains. Sometimes you have ugly people who are intelligent, like scientists.”

Jose — and the men in white coats probably — have grounds for complaint after his rant at the Stamford Bridge pitch

“It is 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 I am content because the blanket is cashmere. It is no ordinary blanket.”

A blanket defence from Jose after a Blues’ injury crisis isn’t helped by the closure of the transfer window

“Pressure? What pressure? Pressure is poor people in the world trying to feed their families. There is no pressure in football”

Taking the stress in his stride

“If Roman Abramovich helped me out in training we would be bottom of the league and if I had to work in his world of big business, we would be bankrupt!”

Money talks, but not on the training pitch

“Young players are a little bit like melons. Only when you open and taste the melon are you 100 per cent sure that the melon is good."

Jose sinks his teeth into blooding new players

“Why drive Aston Martin all the time, when i have Ferrari and Porsche as well? That would just be stupid”

Going for a spin when asked about rotating Joe Cole, Arjen Robben and Damien Duff

“Look at the blond boy in midfield, Robbie Savage, who commits 20 fouls during the game and never gets a booking. We came here to play football and it was not a football game, it was a fight and we fought and I think we fought fantastically.”

Gentlemen prefer blondes, but not one particular Welsh one

“There are only two ways for me to leave Chelsea. One way is in June 2010 when I finish my contract and if the club doesn’t give me a new one. It is the end of my contract and I am out. The second way is for Chelsea to sack me.”

Mystic Mourinho predicts his exit all too correctly from Stamford Bridge

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