Jose Mourinho – from hipster maverick manager to irritating moaner boss…
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In 2004, Jose Mourinho arrived in the Premier League for the first time, christening himself ‘The Special One’, winning Chelsea a maiden title – and with it the respect of the football public. He was bold, tactically exceptional and no-nonsense – but ultimately, he was exceptionally cool.
Now, a slightly more grey, and a very much more bitter Jose Mourinho parades the touchline, and sulks his way into post-match press conferences.
So is it the Portuguese boss who’s changed? Or is it merely that fans have grown tired of the rubbish he continually spouts before and after matches?
Here’s five reasons this season that show why Mourinho has gone from hero, to zero in the eyes of the Premier League fan.
5) The consistent insistence that Chelsea are underdogs…
“The title race is between two horses and a little horse that needs milk and needs to learn how to jump,” said Mourinho, following a win over title rivals Manchester City back in early February.
Do us a favour, Jose.
Comparing a Chelsea side (which has spent over £700m on transfers in 10 years) to fledgling horses, is at best mildly irritating, and at worst – disrespectful.
Even when Chelsea were five points clear, Mourinho insisted his ‘young side’ wasn’t ready for title glory. Now, Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool outfit (whose average starting XI age is two years younger) sit at the top of the table, two points ahead of the Blues.
Serves you right, Mr. Mourinho.