“We have top players and, sorry if I’m arrogant, we have a top manager too. I am European champion and I am special.”
~ Jose Mourinho, 2 June 2004
Jose Mourinho took center stage in England with this declaration upon his appointment as Chelsea manager.
“I think he is one of these people who is a voyeur. He likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, they have a big telescope to see what happens in other families. He speaks and speaks and speaks about Chelsea.”
~ Jose Mourinho, 30 October 2005
Jose Mourinho was annoyed with comments made by Arsene Wenger after Chelsea lost in the Carling Cup and drew in the league to Everton. His response to Wenger was an instant classic.
“The result was a consequence of football. It’s a game and luck plays a big part.”
~ Jose Mourinho, 12/10/2011
“Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.”
~ Bill Shankly, 1981
The iconic manager of Liverpool’s most iconic statement.
“I know, and you can feel, that Stamford Bridge has become anxious about Chelsea playing at home but we need their full support behind us.”
~Andre Villas-Boas, 11/29/2011
Another loss at home, this time in the Carling Cup, for Chelsea and Villas-Boas has the manager feeling the heat. Three home losses in four attempts and two of them from Liverpool. In 2011, Chelsea is a team in transition and the results are showing that the transition might take longer than hoped. This quote comes after Chelsea’s second loss to Liverpool at home in a few days time. After 12 Premier League games, Villas-Boas has lost twice as many points as Luis Scolari during the same time period.