Fresh off his Europen exploits, Mourinho had just taken over the reins at Chelsea. The Londoners met Barcelona in a mouthwatering last-16 tie in the Champions League as they dominated the domestic league. Continue reading
Jose Mourinho once famously said that if he had 11 Azpilicuetas, he will win the Champions League. The Spaniard’s dedication and hard work in training was the reason of the praise lavished on him by the manager. And his career has only spiraled upwards after joining Chelsea. Here is another chant Fans sing for him.
Mourinho’s time in Spain was one he will always try to forget. The Spanish press had a visible disdain of him and that pushed Mourinho further towards his bitter self. Here is another incident from that dark period. Continue reading
Cesar Azpilicueta is some name – imperial, certainly Roman – but the fresh-faced, smiling Spaniard is happy being called “Dave” by his new supporters; just as long as they are happy with him. Continue reading
Pat Nevin recounted how a football match was delayed because the VIP guest hadn’t turned up yet. For an whole hour. In 110 degrees.
Chelsea played Iraq National X1 on 4th March, 1986 in Baghdad. The match attracted an official attendance of 15,000.
This story is unproven, but the audacity of it if it is true makes it worth recounting.
Uefa had handed Mourinho a two-game touchline ban in 2005 after the infamous incident with Frank Rijkaard. The ban encompassed both legs of the Champions League quarter-final with Bayern Munich from which Chelsea emerged victorious.
To get around the ban, it was alleged (by Mail and the Times) that Mourinho sneaked into the ground early and gave both the pre-game and half-time team-talks. Continue reading
Our ongoing series of lookbacks at the funniest, controversial & greatest moments of the Chelsea legend.
The day was 17 September 2007. Mourinho was speaking to the press on the eve of Rosenberg clash in the Champions League group stage.
Mourinho’s side had failed to hit the net in their last two league games. Mourinho’s comments came in response to a question about the Peter Kenyon’s interview – the then Chief Executive of Chelsea – which forms part of the behind-the-scenes film on the Abramovich era at Stamford Bridge, The Blue Revolution
Asked about the oligarch’s philosophy for Chelsea, Kenyon said: “I see him two, three times a week, depending on games. He’s passionate about Chelsea. He’s passionate about how we are perceived, how we do things. If we win, we want to win stylishly. He’s in it for the long term. Continue reading
Modern day football spectators might think Mourinho is an angry, bitter, sulky man. However, it hasn’t always been so. The young Portuguese has always had a way with words.
But his first spell at Chelsea, many a time, the press found him irresistibly charming.
The year was 2005, April and Manchester United were in hot pursuit of table toppers Chelsea for the Premier League title.
There were reports of furious disputes of Mourinho with Peter Kenyon and other Chelsea executives. There was the issue of loss of form for his key players. Continue reading
The Ghost Goal term in the English language arose from a quote by Chelsea manager José Mourinho, following the 2004–05 UEFA Champions League semi-final against Liverpool.
It was ultimately decided by a single goal by Luis García, awarded by referee Ľuboš Micheľ, but dubbed a “ghost goal” and described as “a goal that came from the moon” by Mourinho.
Jose Mourinho brought Cesc Fabregas to Chelsea in 2014-15 season to deliver two trophies that season as Chelsea remained rooted to the first spot for 300+ days.
Chelsea were facing Burnley at home on the opening day and Cesc Farbregas provided a glimpse of what was to come…