Love him or hate him (it’s usually the latter), Jose Mourinho always gives interview gold.
From dubbing himself, ‘The Special One’ to fantasy casting George Clooney in a movie about his life, the Portuguese’s arrogance and planet-sized ego makes him one of the most entertaining people in the game.
Here are 10 quotes that prove Jose Mourinho is the man football fans all love to hate.
On Manchester United
“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 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.”
“Look, I’m a coach, I’m not Harry Potter. He is magical, but in reality, there is no magic. Magic is fiction and football is real.”
On getting the chop
“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 a lack of transfer funds at Chelsea
“It is omelettes and eggs. It depends on the quality. 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.”
On Mourinho: The Movie
“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.”
On Cristiana Ronaldo
“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 a ball boy who doesn’t do his job fast enough
“One day somebody will punch you.”
On Dr Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn
“I was unhappy with my medical staff. They were impulsive and naive.”
On how he sees himself
“Please don’t call me arrogant, but I’m European Champion and I think I’m a Special One.”