Jose Mourinho - The Special One Rises | Quotes & Reaction

Jose Mourinho - The Special One Rises | Quotes & Reaction

Mourinho

Look who's back, bitches !

Look who’s back, bitches !

[quote]Please don’t call me arrogant, but I’m European champion and I think I’m the special one.[/quote]

The world’s worst kept secret, now officially announced , means a whole lot to Chelsea fans and the Premier League fans in general. He came in to a Chelsea struggling to stamp it’s feet among the very elite, and the season he left, we were only a coat of paint or a better quality boot from JT, to winning the Champions League. He made us witness the Mou magic as Chelsea coasted to their first League title after the great days of Roy Bentley fifty years back and an unprecedented back-to-back League titles. But so many years after he has left, why does he still mean so much for us Chelsea fans?

[quote]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.[/quote]

Jose Mourinho. Was he just a manager? Or was he also a motivator? Honestly speaking, he was a kind of father figure whom words don’t suffice to describe. He was a person larger than life. Be it his press conferences where he showcased his plethora of mind games, or be it in-game, where he astutely brought a struggling team back with just a minutes talk and a minor line-up re-jig or two. He was beyond being human. For us, he was a God.  In a little over three seasons he had won two league championships, two league cups, an FA Cup and an FA Community Shield. The momentum and the sense of winning he had established in the setup propelled the boys to the CL Final, under Avram, the same year he was sacked, an FA Cup win under Guus and a League and Cup double under Carlo.

[quote]Look at my haircut. I am ready for the war.[/quote]

Calling him a charismatic personality would not suffice. We, the Chelsea fans, just love him. What is that about him that is so magnetic is probably a mystery deeper than the Bermuda Triangle. For instance, his name was chanted in the stands when he was taking on Chelsea with Inter. When Rafa Benitez was our ‘interim’ manager and Mou Real’s manager, the chants for him were so loud it would have been audible to him sitting in Madrid. What’s even better about his appointment is that the Barca heirarchy is chuffed, and we all hate Barca. Here are Barca vice-president Carles Vilarrubi’s comments :

There was nothing he brought that was good. There was no positive balance. I cannot see anything good about him. Not one thing. In sporting terms, maybe I am not the person to ask. But in cultural terms, he was a disaster.

Apart from his aggression to the coach of Barca, the ambience he creates everywhere he goes, the relations with the players, with the press are absolutely terrible. I am happy that he is leaving. And so is everyone in Spanish football.

I am just glad he has gone. I am not interested in him. Go, leave, goodbye.

[quote]When I saw Rijkaard entering the referee’s dressing room I couldn’t believe it. When Drogba was sent off I didn’t get surprised.[/quote]

Not a person new to controversy or bold remarks, Jose’s tactics have been intricately weaved alongwith astute mindgames. They were a Jose trademark ! Be it toying with the referees, opposition managers or even the opposition fans, he always had an ace up his sleeve, ready to inflict mental damage whenever possible, then reconciling after the whistle.

[quote]Sometimes you see beautiful people with no brains. Sometimes you have ugly people who are intelligent, like scientists. Our pitch is a bit like that. From the top it’s a disgrace but the ball rolls at normal speed.[/quote]

With regards to the tactical part of his return, it’s difficult to predict as to what lineup he’ll field or what will be the strategies he employs. His versatility is a great asset. Chelsea have struggled in the past with managers willing to impose their tactics rather than adapting to the team’s suitability. Rafa Benitez’s 4-2-3-1 and Ancelotti’s diamond(though later adapted) spring to mind. During the last time he was married to Chelsea, he preferred a 4-3-3, but at Inter and Real, has shown a slight preference to 4-2-3-1. With Chelsea having glaring holes in the latter and a squad almost tailor-made for the former, I can see Mou going with a 4-3-3. The only part where a 4-3-3 might backfire is the effectiveness of Johnny Kills (Juan Mata) and his Samba amigo Oscar.

A 4-3-3 would effectively put Mata out of his preferred position, that is behind the striker or ‘in the hole’, and force him out wide. That happened when AVB had just brought him in. That is a serious concern as it might lessen the influence of Chelsea’s best player a bit. But would it make too much of a difference to Johnny? I doubt it. Though he wouldn’t be comfortable with the added defensive responsibilities, I doubt putting him out wide would negate much of his attacking threat. As for Oscar, he looks like he could fit in at two positions. One, on the wing, and the other, in  the advanced duo the midfield three. Such a formation would also be the best for Road Runner, aka Ramires, and Super Frank as they both revel in the shuttler role. So do Mikel and Romeu, playing as a lone holder.

[quote]I would say if all the names you wrote in the last few days are correct we would have a 50-player squad and I hate to work with big squads.[/quote]

Since his arrival became imminent, a lot of rumours started spreading with regards to who will he bring along with him from Real Madrid. Be it Khedira, Modric, Alonso, Higuain or Lopez, a lot of his Madrid boys have been linked to Chelsea. While I would snub a potential Lopez or Alonso deal before blinking an eyelid, I would wet my pants in glee if we could lay our hands on any of Khedira, Luka or Higuain. Any of the trio would add instant quality to the squad, more importantly to the position Chelsea are currently lacking depth and quality in.

[quote]The style of how we play is very important. But 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.[/quote]

The lack of a goal-getting striker has been a glaring issue since Didier Drogba left. While names of Falcao, Cavani, Lewandowski and Rooney were being bandied about at the start of the transfer season, I only see Cavani and Higuain as being realistic buys. Lewa is off to Munich, Falcao has signed with Monaco and Rooney is…ugh..Rooney.  Cavani would be one of the league’s best players without kicking a ball. Similarly for Gonzalo. But the repercussions of such a deal would be Chelsea facing an FFP setback. Though there’s a chance this whole FFP thing is scrapped, as it is non-compliant with the EU’s regulations, or so I heard, it would be too big a gamble. Either of those would require a huge outlay of funds given that many other elite clubs are in the hunting currently as well.

[quote]Young players are a little bit like melons. Only when you open and taste the melon are you 100% sure that the melon is good.[/quote]

It is often bandied about in the media that Mourinho doesn’t prefer giving chances to the youth and prefers to buy players rather than graduate them from the academy. I expect Mou to give a lie to this remark this season. He has already mentioned Chelsea’s squad being filled with top-quality youth players currently and that that should make him stay a little while longer than he did last time. Also, regarding not giving chances to the youth,something…something..Varane…something…something.

[quote]Now I’m one of you[/quote]

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Now that he’s back, I expect Chelsea to be back in the title hunt at least, as the last two seasons have been humiliating. Also, thanks to Chelsea FC for giving me such a ‘special’ birthday gift, Jose’s appointment news. Love you Jose, look forward to winning some more silverware ! KTBFFH !