10) “Ronaldo is a good player, but he is certainly not the best. He deserved the Golden Ball because his team won the Champions League and the Premier League. But, for me, Ibrahimović is the best.”
Mourinho made a dig at his compatriot following his Ballon d'Or 2008 win, insisting that Zlatan Ibrahimović, of whom he managed for a season during his stint at Inter Milan, was better than Cristiano Ronaldo.
9) “I saw their players and manager go for a lap of honour after losing to us in their last home game. In Portugal if you do this, they throw bottles at you!”
In his first year in charge of Chelsea, Mourinho guided the club to their first top division championship in 50 years, finishing 12 points clear of second placed Arsenal. Shortly after having secured the Premier League title, the Blues won 3-1 in Manchester United's last home game of the season, leading to José's insinuation that it was wrong of the players and Sir Alex Ferguson to walk a lap of honour at the end of the game.
8) “As we say in Portugal, they brought the bus and 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.”
On the way to lifting the title, Chelsea failed to find a way past a resolute Tottenham Hotspur defence back in September 2004, with Ledley King and Nourredine Naybet standing firm in the backline. Clearly irked by the inevitable 0-0 draw, Jose cast a frustrated figure upon the final whistle, insisting Spurs came to Stamford Bridge happy to kill the game for a single point.
7) “For me, pressure is bird flu. I'm feeling a lot of pressure with the problem in Scotland. It's not fun and I'm more scared of it than football.”
Chelsea successfully defended their Premier League crown in 2005-06, finishing eight points clear of Manchester United in the process. At the time, the bird flu pandemic was sweeping across Scotland. Mourinho responded to the questions regarding the pressure of England's top tier in football by insisting that he's more concerned by Avian influenza than the beautiful game.
6) “My history as a manager cannot be compared with Frank Rijkaard's history. He has zero trophies and I have a lot of them.”
Barcelona and Chelsea have endured something of a rivalry in recent years, with several clashes resulting in controversy and ill-feeling. In 2005, a two legged affair became typically heated and Mourinho opted to let rip on then Blaugrana head coach Frank Rijkaard in a statement that was 'Just SO Jose'.
5) “When I go to a press conference before the game, in my mind the game has already started.”
In an interview with World Soccer back in 2004, Mourinho was given a thorough grilling over his grey hair, Real Madrid and the prospect of Fernando Torres moving to Chelsea. However, one quip revealed that a cornerstone of José's game-plan is his remarks on the upcoming encounter, starting as early as two days before kick off in the pre-match press conference.
4) “The moral of the story is not to listen to those who tell you not to play the violin but stick to the tambourine.”
The Special One came out with this stunner back in March 2005. Said in relation to winning the Premiership during his first year in charge of Chelsea, Mourinho took the chance to fire a riposte at those who had predicted a struggle for him at Stamford Bridge.
3) “Like me or not, I am the only one who has won the world's three most important leagues. So, maybe instead of the 'Special One', people should start calling me the 'Only One'.”
At the beginning of the 2012/13 season, Mourinho requested he be referred to as the 'Only One' rather than the 'Special One' – more on the latter title later – as Real Madrid prepared for the beginning of their current campaign. It was yet more egotistical genius from José, who after being named the best coach in the world in 2010, only managed a second placed finish after Barcelona head coach Pep Guardiola head led the La Liga side to domestic and continental glory.
2) “I am José Mourinho and I don't change. I arrive with all my qualities and my defects.”
On May 31st 2010, Mourinho was named as Real Madrid's head coach after guiding Inter Milan to Champions League glory just weeks before. Managing the world's biggest club would undoubtedly change most managers, for better or worse, but not José. Rather than falling under the irrationally-swung sword of president Florentino Pérez, the 50-year-old ensured he drew first blood by ensuring that Jorge Valdano was removed from his role - Valdano being the man responsible for numerous Madrid managerial sackings in the past.
1) “Please don't call me arrogant, but I am European Champion and I think I'm a special one.”
Was there really going to be any other contender for the number one spot? Upon his arrival as Chelsea manager in 2004, and on the back of a shock Champions League win with FC Porto, Mourinho announced himself to the English press in the only way he knows how, coining the term 'The Special One', used to refer to him to the present day.