Jose Mourinho quote

"If I wanted to have an easy job, working with the big protection of what I have already done before, I would have stayed at Porto - beautiful blue chair, the Uefa Champions League trophy, God, and after God, me."

Jose Mourinho

Born: January 26, 1963

Occupation: Football team manager

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You win by effort, by commitment, by ambition, by quality, by expressing yourself individually but in the team context.

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You have to work hard AND well. There are a lot of people who work hard but not well.

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Sometimes you see beautiful people with no brains. Sometimes you have ugly people who are intelligent, like scientists.

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Please don't call me arrogant, but I'm European champion and I think I'm a special one.

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I was nine or 10 years old and my father was sacked on Christmas Day. He was a manager, the results had not been good, he lost a game on December 22 or 23. On Christmas Day, the telephone rang and he was...

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Arsenal have won that advantage, nobody gave it to them. By playing fantastic football and by winning matches and by winning trophies, they won that respect that the opponent has for them.

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The world is so competitive, aggressive, consumive, selfish and during the time we spend here we must be all but that.

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I am Jose Mourinho and I don't change. I arrive with all my qualities and my defects.

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I hate to speak about individuals. Players don't win you trophies, teams win trophies, squads win trophies.

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And I think because of the passion of every English player and every English supporter, and every English journalist for the game, most of the game is played with passion, love for football and instinct,...

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I think the best place to work in football is England.

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At the very least we should be given a bit of credit and a little bit of space, and maybe the media should think we could help them discover why English teams do not win European competitions.

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So if one day the result becomes 3-3, for me it doesn't change my mind, because it's football, it's normal. What is not normal is that we haven't been scoring enough goals playing such good football as...

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Money does not guarantee success.

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Look at the way teams play against Arsenal. They don't believe they can win. They don't believe.

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The team is completely close. Anything you say outside, there is no chance it will go inside. So the team is really strong and compact. We know what we want and how to achieve it on the pitch.

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So I know all about the ups and downs of football, I know that one day I will be sacked.

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The moral of the story is not to listen to those who tell you not to play the violin but stick to the tambourine.

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The only thing that we cannot control is our supporters.

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When I go to the press conference before the game, in my mind the game has already started.

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You see how Spanish, Italians, Portuguese play football. I don't say they are perfect, I say English football has a few things to learn from them in the same way they have a lot of things to learn from...

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So when they have Mourinho and Benitez joining the Premiership they should say it's good for us, maybe these guys have something new to give.

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I don't say we are a defensive team. I say we are a strong team in defensive terms, but at the same time lacking sufficient fluidity in attack because that will take time to come.

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When I face the media, maybe I don't feel it now, here with you, because it's a different sort of interview, but when I face the media before or after the game, I feel it as part of the game.

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But I think it's more normal for my team to have no success than it is to win two consecutive European cups.

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Especially when you play at home, you need a good atmosphere behind you.

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I followed an Italian manager and it cannot be easy when you follow a manager who thinks very differently.

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I'm not a defender of old or new football managers. I believe in good ones and bad ones, those that achieve success and those that don't.

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In five years I have never had a match where my team has had less possession than the opponents.

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In the same way that I had to follow an Italian manager here, I can imagine that it was not easy for an Italian manager to follow me at Porto.

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The negative side of football. The negative side of our society. People sometimes go to football and bring to it the negative aspects of our society.

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The way I use to develop an aerobic condition is three against three, man to man, in a square 20 metres by 20.

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The Porto players were with me for two and a half years, they believed in me, in my methods, in the way we do it. The next day I go and a manager arrives who works completely differently.

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Facing the press is not easy, but because you have to go, you have to try to take a lot of positive things for yourself from these face-to-face meetings.

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I feel I have a lot to learn from English football and I am completely open to good influences in my way of thinking football. But I also have things to give them.

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If you look at revenge we are still winning three one you know, so I don't think it is a question of revenge, is a question of a personal thing

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Ten years ago I also had a very difficult decision to make when we had (Carlo) Cudicini giving fantastic performances in Chelsea’s goal for many years. I had in my hands a 22-year-old goalkeeper I thought...

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We are on top at the moment but not because of the club's financial power. We are in contention for a lot of trophies because of my hard work.

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Everybody was waiting for Chelsea not to win every game and one day when we lose there will be a holiday in the country. But we are ready for that.

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Football is a more beautiful game in high definition.

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I think boring is a team that plays at home and can not score a goal.

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Fear is not a word in my football documentary.

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To be the ultimate team, you must use your body and your mind. Draw up on the resources of your teammates. Choose your steps wisely and you will win. Remember, only teams succeed.

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I won't say we have to win. I won't put that pressure. But we can't lose.

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If Messi is the best in the world, it's only because Cristiano is from another planet.

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I know the questions will be around the money, the amount Chelsea had to spend to bring him here but that's the reality of modern football. Big teams only want big players, big players are in big clubs,...

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Football is a game about feelings and intelligence.

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In my teams, when we win, we all win, and when we lose, I lose

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You can have the top stars to bring the attention, you can have the best stadium, you can have the best facilities, you can have the most beautiful project in terms of marketing and all this kind of thing....

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Chelsea are up there with best teams in the world,and let's hope United can join us in quarter-finals.

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There is no pressure at the top. The pressure is being second or third.

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When the players think you are strong and that you trust them, it helps them to have a good attitude,

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There are only two ways for me to leave Chelsea. One way is in June 2010 when I finish my contract and if the club doesn’t give me a new one. It is the end of my contract and I am out. The second way...

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I enjoy the work, I enjoy every minute of my professional life.

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I fell a bit in love with Celtic, because the atmosphere was amazing and the crowd was magnificent, the way they behaved with the Porto fans.

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If Roman Abramovich helped me out in training we would be bottom of the league and if I had to work in his world of big business, we would be bankrupt!

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If I wanted to have an easy job, working with the big protection of what I have already done before, I would have stayed at Porto - beautiful blue chair, the Uefa Champions League trophy, God, and after...

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My history as a manager cannot be compared with Frank Rijkaard's history. He has zero trophies and I have a lot of them.

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I would rather play with 10 men than wait for a player who is late for the bus.

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It’s not important how we play. If you have a Ferrari and I have a small car, to beat you in a race I have to break your wheel or put sugar in your tank.

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We want to follow a dream, yes it's true, but it's one thing to follow a dream and another to follow an obsession...A dream is more pure than obsession. A dream is about pride.

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Like me or not, I am the only one who has won the world's three most important leagues. So, maybe instead of the 'Special One', people should start calling me the 'Only One'.

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If I am hated at Barcelona, it is their problem but not mine. Fear is not a word in my football dictionary.

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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.

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I intend to give my best, to improve things and to create the football team in relation to my image and my football philosophy. We have top players and, sorry if I'm arrogant, we have a top manager. I'm...

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If I had wanted to be protected in a quiet job, I could have stayed at Porto. I would have been second, after God, in the eyes of the fans even if I had never won another thing.

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I studied Italian five hours a day for many months to ensure I could communicate with the players, media and fans. [Claudio] Ranieri had been in England for five years and still struggled to say ‘good...

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No club moves me from Chelsea until Chelsea wants me to move because I want to be where I am loved.

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I am prepared. The more pressure there is, the stronger I am. In Portugal, we say the bigger the ship, the stronger the storm. Fortunately for me, I have always been in big ships. FC Porto was a very big...

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You don't have to love me. You don't even have to like me, but you will respect me.

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For Chelsea, I would turn down every job in the world.

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Would you phone the president of Ghana?

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As we say in Portugal, they brought the bus and they left the bus in front of the goal.

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One day he (Einstein) said that the only mechanical force more powerful than steam, electricity and atomic energy is will. That Alberto bloke was not stupid. With will you can achieve things.

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Instead of speaking about Real Madrid, Mr Wenger should speak about Arsenal and explain how he lost 2-0 against a team in the Champions League for the first time [Braga]. The history about the young kids...

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Pressure? What pressure? Pressure is poor people in the world trying to feed their families. There is no pressure in football

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But the most important part of everything is to be happy.

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The title race is between two horses and a little horse that needs milk and needs to learn how to jump.

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Brendan's chihuahua doesn't do that. During the week it sleeps, eats and trains a little bit. So I have to say his chihuahua is a privileged one.

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He's a specialist in failure.

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I want to congratulate again Mike Dean. I think his performance was unbelievable and I think when referees have unbelievable performances, I think it's fair that as managers we give them praise. So fantastic...

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It gave the title to Manchester City - it's as simple as that.

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The reality is he's a specialist because eight years without a piece of silverware ... that is failure.

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I think it's clearly the result of something that looks like a campaign.

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This is football from the 19th century. It's very difficult to play a football match when only one team wants to play. A football match is about two teams playing. I told Big Sam, they need points. To...

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The problem with Chelsea is I lack a striker. I have Samuel Eto'o but he is 32 years old - maybe 35, who knows?

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The best way to stop Messi is when you play with 11 men and then you can double mark him, one player to stay on him and the other to help out. If it is 11 against 10 then you have almost no chance of stopping...

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If Messi is the best on the planet, Ronaldo is the best in the universe.

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I remember the first time I saw him play. It was for a Sporting CP youth team. I told my assistant, 'There goes Van Basten's son.' Ronaldo had great technique. He stood out.

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It's a pity we can't play in two or three days as I like to play straight away after a bad game

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If at the end of the season I'm leaving the club, you have the right to come to me and say: 'Jose, you are a liar'

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