Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was well known for his intense post-match press conferences and quirky quotes which made him a media favourite.
Following Mourinho’s dismissal as Chelsea manager on Thursday, here’s a list of five of the most memorable quotes from his two spells at Stamford Bridge:
“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.” - In his introductory press conference after arriving from Porto in 2014, Mourinho earns himself the nickname ‘The Special One’.
“It is like having a blanket that is too small for the bed. You pull the blanket up to keep your chest warm and your feet stick out. I cannot buy a bigger blanket because the supermarket is closed. But I am content because the blanket is cashmere. It is no ordinary blanket.” - On an injury crisis at Stamford Bridge.
“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.” - On Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who had criticised Chelsea’s transfer policy. Mourinho later apologised, but went on to brand Wenger a “specialist in failure” in 2014.
“Omelettes, eggs. No eggs, no omelettes. And it depends on the quality of the eggs in the supermarket. They are class one, two or three and some are more expensive than others and some give you better omelettes. When the class one eggs are not available, you have a problem.” - On transfer dealings.
“The title race is between two horses and a little horse that needs milk and needs to learn how to jump. Maybe next season we can race.” - Playing down Chelsea’s chances of overcoming Arsenal and Manchester City in the 2013-14 Premier League title race. They won the league the following season.