Master Mourinho! (1 Viewer)

Chxta

Di nwayi
Nov 1, 2004
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for those who want to leave here and view it...

then for those who are okay with me pasting...

Kicked up the backside (allegedly), kicked out of the first final of his Chelsea career and kicked when he was down, Jose Mourinho has endured a memorable week.


It ended with a winner from his most maligned player, Mateja Kezman, in the Carling Cup final. While Cardiff echoed to chants of 'Jose Mourinho', the subject of the Chelsea fans' adoration was watching the final somewhere in the depths of the Millennium Stadium, apparently yelling at a mute television in Portuguese.

Mourinho was removed from the touchline on the orders of the local constabulary. Not content with riling referees, rival managers and even UEFA, he showed it takes a special talent to antagonise the police. His gestures seemed more impudent than incendiary but the FA - set to become closer acquainted with Mourinho as the charges against him mount - will surely summon the Chelsea manager to Soho Square.

And that, it seemed, was that. The celebrations would proceed without Mourinho. Except that, prompted by Didier Drogba, Mourinho made a regal return, escorted to the scene of his triumph, to watch John Terry lift Chelsea's first trophy in five seasons.

Seven days earlier, Mourinho's momentous week began as Chelsea hobbled out of the FA Cup at Newcastle. Back at Barcelona, he began a process of weaning himself out of Catalan affections with an attack on Frank Rijkaard's record in management.

Trophies are not the only measure of success and Rijkaard, in conjunction with Ronaldinho, has revitalised Barcelona. But silverware eluded them last year when Mourinho was winning his fourth and fifth major competitions with Porto.

And he announced Rijkaard's team the day before the match, though Mourinho did not have the foresight to predict a 2-1 defeat. The normally loquacious Portuguese took a temporary vow of silence, upset at what he perceived as an unjust meeting between bronzed referee Anders Frisk and Rijkaard, accusations that baffled Barcelona have denied.

Coupled with his pre-match comments, it saddled Mourinho with the reputation of a sore loser. It also demonstrated an ability of Sir Alex Ferguson's, with attention neatly deflected from the defeated players. But questions about Mourinho's tactical acumen and deployment of substitutes surfaced; at Newcastle, a triple substitution backfired when Wayne Bridge was injured while in the Nou Camp, he persevered with Drogba, whose fractious relationship with Frisk resulted in a red card.

“ That Kezman, a replacement, scored at Cardiff will be all the sweeter for Mourinho. ”


That Kezman, a replacement, scored at Cardiff will be all the sweeter for Mourinho. Though no manager since Kenny Dalglish in 1986 has won the league within 12 months of taking charge, any achievement of Chelsea's invariably involves the suggestion that it is merely the product of heavy investment.

Astute management plays a part, too. Until Drogba's dismissal, Chelsea were producing an outstanding defensive display, reminiscent of Liverpool's suffocation of Barcelona four years before. Mourinho has moulded a back four that, statistically, is shaping up to be England's best ever.

The improvements of individuals reflect well on Mourinho's coaching, too; William Gallas may be a reluctant left back, but is among the Premiership's best in that role and neither Paulo Ferreira nor Ricardo Carvalho entered his tutelage as the accomplished defenders they now are.

Frank Lampard's ever expanding range of passing may be the result of his desire for self-betterment. Joe Cole seems to be on a desperate quest for his manager's approval. And if others regard Mourinho as ungracious, there was a generosity of spirit in his decision to let the banned Carlo Cudicini lead Chelsea out at the Carling Cup final.

He may leave the limelight, but, as on Sunday, he invariably returns.

Perhaps it is part of Mourinho's pact with his players that he remains the centre of attention, allowing them to concentrate on football. Because, whether celebrating maniacally (as at Old Trafford last year) or not (witness his unemotional response to winning the Champions League), the cameras are on Mourinho.


He has a keen sense of the theatrical - the same allegation that was levelled against his Porto side - and a willingness to make outrageous statements. To some, it is arrogance, but that is a luxury that can be afforded the truly talented. And the self-proclaimed 'Special One' has a record that suggests he is.

He has succeeded in breaking English football's duopoly in mind games. He seems to share Ferguson's fun in winding up Arsene Wenger. Now the Scot has Mourinho in his sights, attempting to plant the seeds of a slump with his comments. But to upset Mourinho, he must first understand him. And who does?

Is it inner anger or staged rage? Because, whether excitable or impassive, humourous or histrionic, Mourinho is predictable only in his unpredictability. And to think that Chelsea initially wanted Sven-Goran Eriksson. Second-guessing the Swede has become a national pastime; Mourinho's next move is far harder to call and all the more eagerly anticipated.
 

Desmond

Senior Member
Jul 12, 2002
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#2
Mourinho is a horrible loser.If he hadn't won the Carling Cup final he wouldn't have shook the Liverpool players' hands,and the loss at Barca said alot about his temperament.
 

Freddy

Senior Member
Feb 1, 2004
2,380
#3
++ [ originally posted by Desmond ] ++
Mourinho is a horrible loser.If he hadn't won the Carling Cup final he wouldn't have shook the Liverpool players' hands,and the loss at Barca said alot about his temperament.
you are right....he's so cocky.....he was insulting Carragher in the first half and then he waved SHUT UP to Liverpool fans after Chelsea's equalizer
 

swag

L'autista
Administrator
Sep 23, 2003
76,321
#7
You can beeeatchh all you want about Mourinho, but he has a CL trophy to show for his efforts and is currently one of the leading candidates to receive another one this year. I don't care if he's the Great Satan incarnate (though that's reserved for George W Bush ;) ) -- if he can do the same for us, you bet I'd want him as our coach.

Forza Mourinho.
 
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Chxta

Chxta

Di nwayi
Nov 1, 2004
12,083
#8
++ [ originally posted by swag ] ++
You can beeeatchh all you want about Mourinho, but he has a CL trophy to show for his efforts and is currently one of the leading candidates to receive another one this year. I don't care if he's the Great Satan incarnate (though that's reserved for George W Bush ;) ) -- if he can do the same for us, you bet I'd want him as our coach.

Forza Mourinho.
Damn right...
 

IncuboRossonero

Inferiority complex
Nov 16, 2003
7,039
#9
++ [ originally posted by swag ] ++
You can beeeatchh all you want about Mourinho, but he has a CL trophy to show for his efforts and is currently one of the leading candidates to receive another one this year. I don't care if he's the Great Satan incarnate (though that's reserved for George W Bush ;) ) -- if he can do the same for us, you bet I'd want him as our coach.

Forza Mourinho.
Yes the CL was an amazing accomplishment. That said, the 'what will go wrong did wrong' scenario's that hit the BIG TEAMS last season helped Porto win the CL without facing Milan, Juve or Real. (three of the final four from the season prior). I think Mourinho did a great job but also think he is starting to believe his own press AND may be in over his head at Chelsea. He may have jumped the gun too fast after success.
 

Bjerknes

"Top Economist"
Mar 16, 2004
101,863
#10
Mourinho is obviously a fantastic coach, and no matter his attitude you cannot take away from that. I do not like his demeanor, just like the rest of you lot, however you cannot deny that he is made for success. I do not really like the way he treats his own players, throwing them away if they strike out after one go of it at bat. Mourinho is a media whore and sparks up controversy, so he entertains us in that way. I must say that I do admire the way he fvcks around with the media and his philosophies on the pitch, and Jose could be one of the most successful coaches in history when he retires many years from now (that is, if he coaches until he's old like many other managers).
 

Azzurri7

Pinturicchio
Moderator
Dec 16, 2003
72,660
#11
++ [ originally posted by swag ] ++
You can beeeatchh all you want about Mourinho, but he has a CL trophy to show for his efforts and is currently one of the leading candidates to receive another one this year. I don't care if he's the Great Satan incarnate (though that's reserved for George W Bush ;) ) -- if he can do the same for us, you bet I'd want him as our coach.

Forza Mourinho.
I Agree....
 

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