Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho revealed that Paris Saint-Germain approached him twice for their club’s manager role. Having won league titles in Portugal,Italy,England and winning two champions league titles back in 2011, Jose Mourinho was the perfect man chosen by the Qatar based owners of PSG for their project to dominate both France and Europe.
The controversial manager also revealed that the owners have again met him in 2013, but he opted for the London Blues at Stamford Bridge instead. He was flown to Qatar back then to explain their project and they chose he should be the perfect man to spend their millions of investment in the club.
With Mourinho rejecting those offers, they opted for Carlo Ancelotti (in 2011) and then France legend Laurent Blanc (in 2013) to take over as manager and they had reasonable success with back-to-back league titles and reaching Champions League Quarterfinals in the last few seasons. Should Chelsea beat PSG this season, the Qatari owners of PSG might tempt Mourinho away from Stamford Bridge with a hefty fee.
He said, “I know the PSG project well, I know it well because when they start this project with the owner, the president and Leonardo, I was to be the coach,” he told a news conference. I met them in Qatar, so I know the project well.
“The project was to start dominating in France to dominate in Europe. The domination in France is there, they are champions, champions, champions. They are in the League Cup final, they are in the quarter-finals of the French Cup, they are two points behind the leaders so the domination of France is there.
“They want to dominate in Europe too and, to be fair, you look to Paris in the last two seasons in the Champions League and they lost in the quarter-finals, once narrowly to Barcelona and last season against Chelsea in the last second. So they know and they feel they are there. They are there. Paris is a big team with big ambitions.”
He also said the reason to snub PSG,”Because I was in Real Madrid and it was a real ambition for me to be champion in Spain, England and Italy. It was a big challenge for me and a big challenge to compete directly against the best Barcelona, probably the best team in Europe for the last decade for sure. It was not the right moment for me to go.”
Mourinho also discussed about the difficulties faced by English teams at European level as the football is more intense and more fixtures should be played in less time. He said,”For an English team, it’s more difficult than other teams.The last two English teams to win the Champions League finished sixth and fifth. Chelsea and Liverpool
“They finished 25 points behind the champions, they stopped to play for the championship around November, December, because a team that is playing in this country to win, to win every game, to try to be champions and to be top of the league and competing top one, top two, minimum top three is a completely different profile.
“You see in Germany, for Bayern it’s a promenade, you see in Spain basically they win every game and they are waiting for Real against Barca, Barca against Real to decide which one is the champion. Atletico was an exception. This is a very strong league, it’s very difficult to go to Europe in the maximum of your potential.”
Ask if English teams can win both Premier League and Champions League, he said:”It’s very difficult to do it and it’s a big achievement for every English club to do that, not just for us. It’s a big achievement to win the Premier League for any club. Imagine in the modern Champions League and Premier League, imagine the team to do the double.”