Mourinho’s fanatic declaration that his own players “betrayed” all his hard work following the shock defeat to Leicester on Monday, will be the last words Premier League football hears from the Portuguese tactician, atleast for the time being.

Love him or hate him, Premier League is certainly losing one of its most controversial and entertaining figures.

Here are 20 memorable Jose Mourinho quotes the like of which will be missed in EPL.

Commenting on his arch rival Arsene Wenger: 

“I think he 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, speaks about Chelsea.”

Commenting on being sacked and it’s hilarious: 

“If the club decide to sack me because of bad results that’s part of the game. If it happens I will be a millionaire and get another club a couple of months later.”

On being appointed as Chelsea manager for the first time in 2004: 

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

On his return to Chelsea in 2013:            

“I am the Happy One.”       

On handling pressure: 

“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.”

On the lack of funds he had to deal with to improve his Chelsea team in 2007: 

“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.”

Commenting on so-called conspiracies or actual facts: 

“The circumstances are difficult for us with the new football rules that we have to face. It is not possible to have a penalty against Manchester United and it is not possible to have penalties in favour of Chelsea. It is not a conspiracy, it is fact. I speak facts. If not, I need big glasses.”

On why he decided to shave off his hair suddenly: 

“I want to push the young players on my team to have a proper haircut, not the Rastafarian or the others they have.”

On how his first spell at Stamford Bridge might end: 

“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. The second way is for Chelsea to sack me. The way of the manager leaving the club by deciding to walk away, no chance! I will never do this to Chelsea supporters.”

On who would play Mourinho’s role if anyone makes a biopic on him: 

“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.”

Reacting on criticisms of his playing style and tactics while in charge of Inter Milan: 

“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.”

Commenting on God and his blessings: 

“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.”

What he thinks about promising young players: 

“Young players are like melons. Only when you open and taste the melon are you 100% sure that the melon is good.”

On Newcastle’s time-wasting tactics he always hates: 

“You may as well put a cow in the middle of the pitch, walking. And then stop the game because there was a cow.”

Despite so much criticisms he is optimistic about his managerial philosophy: 

“I would rather play with 10 men than wait for a player who is late for the bus.”

Commenting on Cristiano Ronaldo whom he managed during the Real Madrid spell: 

“I had just one problem with Cristiano, very simple, very basic and it’s from a tactical aspect that I noticed, which I brought up in order to improve upon and make him better. And at that moment he didn’t take it very well because maybe he thinks he knows everything and the coach cannot help him to develop more.”

On his pre or post-match press conferences:

 “When I go to the press conference before the game, in my mind the game has already started.”

On the Crystal Palace ball boy who took too much time to give the ball back: 

“One day somebody will punch you.”

On Dr Eva Carneiro and physio Jon Fearn who attended Eden Hazard on field in the middle of the pitch:

“I was unhappy with my medical staff. They were impulsive and naive.”

On the latest defeat to Leicester City that eventually sealed his fate: 

“The two goals are very difficult to accept. It’s a big frustration to accept because I feel like my work was betrayed, if that’s the right word.”






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