Jose Mourinho: The Particular One

Whichever side of the fence you’re on, there isn’t any denying that Jose Mourinho will go down in history as one of many world’s best managers.

His career has been full of numerous memorable moments (and quotes), from operating down the touchline at Old Trafford as his Porto side knocked Manchester United out of the Champions League to having the arrogance to christen himself ‘The Particular One’ in his inaugural Chelsea press conference. 

Certainly one of football’s entertainers, he’s now hoping to change into the one manager to win the League Cup on 5 events when he takes his Tottenham Hotspur side to Wembley to take on Manchester City in April. As we continue our build-up, right here’s a glance back at 5 standout finals which have formed the career of Portuguese legend. 

2004 UEFA Champions League Final – Monaco 0-3 Porto 


There is no such thing as a higher place to start than in the beginning, and what a starting it was for Mourinho. After winning the treble in his first season at Porto, which included the UEFA Cup, Jose’s males went in search of their second Champions League triumph. 

After shedding solely to Real Madrid within the Group Stages of the competition, Porto superior to the latter stages and, with a tough draw against Manchester United, no-one might have predicted what was to come. 

Francisco Costinha’s last-minute equaliser at Old Trafford sent Porto by means of on combination, and a fresh-faced Mourinho danced down the touchline to celebrate together with his giant-killers, a moment that will change the course of history. 

Porto went on to knock out Lyon and Deportivo La Coruna on their option to the Final against Monaco, the place 53,200 individuals packed into the Area AufSchalke to see goals from Carlos Alberto, Deco and Dmitri Alenichev wrap up a well-known victory for the Dragons.

Though the Final might need been clear minimize, the trail to glory was not. A new period in world football was solely just starting.

2005 League Cup Final – Liverpool 2-3 Chelsea (AET) 


After dubbing himself ‘The Particular One’, the stress was on for Mourinho to ship from the outset, following his arrival at Stamford Bridge. 

That stress by no means appeared to hassle him, nonetheless, and in his first season as Chelsea boss he managed to score the double, as he wrapped up the membership’s Premier League trophy with a then-record of 95 points alongside the League Cup. It’s that League Cup Final that’s subsequent on our list.

Chelsea’s run to the Final on the Millennium Stadium against Liverpool included two London derbies against West Ham United and Fulham respectively, earlier than they knocked out Manchester United on the Semi-Final stage at Old Trafford, which was seemingly turning into a happy looking ground for Mourinho. 

Jose was closely linked with the Liverpool job after Gerard Houllier left the membership in Could of 2004, two days shy of Porto’s Champions League win over Monaco, however the Reds determined that Rafa Benitez was their man.

Nonetheless, Mourinho would have the last giggle, regardless of going a goal down early on to a trademark John Arne Riise strike. The Blues forced extra-time as Steven Gerrard headed into his own net 11 minutes from time… cue one other of Jose’s well-known celebrations.

Goals from Didier Drogba and Mateja Kezman within the second half of extra-time would seal his first trophy in English football. He would go onto win the Premier League and League Cup twice, the FA Cup and the Neighborhood Defend over two totally different spells throughout his illustrious Chelsea career. 

2010 UEFA Champions League Final – Bayern Munich 0-2 Inter Milan 


It has been 11 years since Mourinho last lifted the Champions League, and the 2010 Final might arguably go down as one of the vital full performances in a final, one remembered for some knowledgeable finishing from one of many players of the season, Diego Milito. 

After finishing second of their group to Barcelona, Mourinho’s Inter Milan side needed to negotiate a tough knockout path to the Final, although issues are by no means straightforward with regards to dealing with Europe’s elite. However, they overcame Chelsea within the Round of 16 in spectacular vogue, heading by means of earlier than efficiently seeing off CSKA Moscow. 

Jose made the headlines once more by guiding his side by means of two legs against Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona within the Semi-Finals. After recording a 3-1 home victory against the Spaniards, it will likely be the 1-0 defeat on the Nou Camp that will likely be remembered… not essentially for the match motion, however for an additional of Mourinho’s celebrations. 

After the final whistle, off he went with a raised finger, a permanent picture as Inter booked their place within the Final. There, it will be two great particular person pieces of brilliance from Milito both side of half-time that beat Bayern Munich – the Nerazzurri had been victorious, selecting up a second Champions League trophy of their history. 

2011 Copa del Rey Final – Barcelona 0-1 Real Madrid (AET)


Mourinho’s fascinating tactical battles against Guardiola have at all times been there to see and, fortunately, on 25 April, we’ll be handled to a different. 

Though his time at Real Madrid won’t be regarded back on as one among his happiest occasions in membership football, Mourinho can boast an additional victory against his Spanish counterpart. In his first season on the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Real made positive to let their rivals know that they had been under new administration and ready to compete.

Ending just 4 points behind Barcelona within the regular season, Los Blancos managed to disclaim them a domestic treble by nabbing the Copa del Rey from under their noses in Valencia. 

Mourinho’s Madrid needed to overcome teams like Atletico Madrid and Sevilla on their option to the Final and, as soon as they received there, Guardiola – on this event not less than – couldn’t cease them. 

Cristiano Ronaldo was a man in red sizzling kind for Madrid, and it was one among his 50 goals in that 2010/11 season that earned Real their 18th Copa del Rey trophy. A shocking cross from Angel Di Maria was met with an equally beautiful header by Ronaldo, to seal the win on derby day in Spain. 

Though he saved a clear sheet on the night time, Sergio Ramos famously dropped a clanger on the open-top bus tour after their win, letting the trophy slip by means of his grasp, and into the street beneath. 

2017 League Cup Final – Manchester United 3-2 Southampton


Mourinho’s most up-to-date win on this competition got here with Manchester United, in what was his first season at Old Trafford. A Neighborhood Defend win kicked off a new period for Jose, one which might see him change into a treble winner on the end of the marketing campaign.

He led United to Europa League glory after a 2-0 win over Ajax within the Final, the primary time the Reds had ever received the competition of their history, and later went on to finish second to noisy neighbours Manchester City within the Premier League, one thing Mourinho later known as ‘one among his greatest achievements’ on the membership. 

However, it was their League Cup Final victory over Southampton that seemingly helped them kick on and obtain what they did that season. After overcoming City in one of many earlier rounds of the competition, United and Liverpool had been the standout favourites to win the competition. 

No-one would have predicted, although, {that a} Southampton masterclass against the Merseyside outfit over two Semi-Final legs would see them ebook their place at Wembley. 

Mourinho’s United side had been ready from the start and, with a Zlatan Ibrahimovic free-kick adopted up by a strike from Jesse Lingard, it rapidly regarded just like the Cup was heading back up the M6 to Manchester. However the Saints rallied, as Manolo Gabbiadini nicked a crucial goal earlier than half-time earlier than following it up with one other, two minutes after the break.

Game on. 

Each teams huffed and puffed, and it was the Reds that blew Southampton’s home down within the closing exchanges of the sport. A cross of the very best high quality from Ander Herrera discovered the perfectly-placed Ibrahimovic, who powered his header past the helpless Fraser Forster.

One more trophy within the bag for Mourinho… however you’ll be able to bet he’s not glad but!


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