The wisdom of Jose Mourinho

With Jose Mourinho at Chelsea there was never a boring press conference. He has already started to make his mark in Italian football with several feuds with other coaches and God knows who.

Here are some of the best quotes from his days with the Blues:

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

This was the way Mourinho greeted the English press when he took the Chelsea job in 2004. He will forever be known as ‘the special one’ in the press.

“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.”

“It’s 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 the blanket is made of cashmere!”

“If I wanted to have an easy job… I would have stayed at Porto – beautiful blue chair, the Uefa Champions League trophy, God, and after God, me.”

Jose ‘the son of God’ Mourinho, did not think he was God.

“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.”

Mourinho suddenly made Chelsea’s sand-logged pitch sound ok.

“Three years without a Premiership title? I don’t think I would still be in a job.”

Mourinho commented on Liverpool boss Benitez.

“Wenger has a real problem with us and I think he is what you call in England a voyeur. He is someone who likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, have this big telescope to look into the homes of other people and see what is happening. Wenger must be one of them – and it is a sickness.”

Mourinho had several entertaining arguments with the Arsenal gaffer.

“I want to give my congratulations to them because they won. But we were the best team.”

Did Mourinho give Charlton boss Alan Curbishley a compliment or what?

“During the afternoon it rained only in this stadium. Our kitman saw it. They tried everything. There must be a microclimate here.”

The Special One takes a dig at the Blackburn groundsmen.

“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.”

And what was that all about? Waitrose?