Jose Mourinho’s extraordinary management career contained many memorable moments on and off the field, with the highly decorated Portuguese not afraid to give his opinion.
On Wednesday-evening, this was again the case after the first-16 defeat of Tottenham Champions League at home against RB Leipzig. Speaking after the game, he launched an extraordinary tirade that defended his injury-hit team when he was told that Leipzig dominated the game.
“Let’s be loyal to the boys and tell them they’ve done everything they can do,” he said.
Jose Mourinho launched an extraordinary four-minute frenzy after his defeat by Leipzig
Tottenham fell to a 1-0 loss and looked in second place for most of Wednesday’s game
“[Erik] Lamela, do you know how many training sessions he has made with the team? Zero. Immediately from injury to recovery on the field with the physios, directly to a match on the field, 20 minutes in a match in the Champions League. That is our team. You can look at it and you can see the two perspectives.
‘One perspective is a great group of great guys who try everything. On the other hand you see how we are at the moment. It’s like you’re going to fight with a gun without bullets. We have done what we can do. If we score earlier, the game may be different. “
In the light of his ‘going to fight with a gun without bullets’, Sportsmail takes a look at the infamous 57-year-old quotes in the past focused on the boards of his previous management spells in England.
A Timo Werner penalty was the difference, but the margin could have been much larger
Spurs are currently without star duo Son Heung-min (left) and Harry Kane for long periods
FIRST GAME AT CHELSEA (2004-07)
Mourinho about the Chelsea forward injury crisis and the lack of resources in 2007
Despite winning the Premier League in his first two seasons at the head of Chelsea, Mourinho always wanted to improve his team. However, when he did not get his wishes for certain players, he made this known through the media …
“It’s like having a blanket that is too small for the bed,” he said. ‘You pull the blanket up to keep your chest warm and stick your feet out.
‘I can’t buy a larger blanket because the supermarket is closed. But I am satisfied because the blanket is cashmere. It is no ordinary blanket. “
The first spell of Mourinho in Chelsea was full of quacks and trophies before it turned sour
Mourinho about the Chelsea injury crisis and lack of resources to improve the team (his last press conference prior to the game before being fired
The last match of Mourinho who was responsible for Chelsea during his first spell came home to Rosenborg in the Champions League in September 2007 – a result that ended in a disappointing 1-1 draw for only 24,973 spectators.
Before that game, Mourinho expressed frustration about the state of his team who were without Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, Ricardo Carvalho and Michael Ballack due to injuries.
“The style of how we play is very important. But they are 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 if the class 1 eggs are in Waitrose and you can’t go there, you have a problem. “
Mourinho watches while Chelsea draw 1-1 with Rosenborg in the Champions League 2007-08
SECOND GAME AT CHELSEA (2013-15)
Mourinho says that Chelsea is not a title candidate despite beating Manchester City with 1-0 to go two points behind Arsenal and follow the level with City.
A Branislav Ivanovic goal gave Chelsea a win over the Etihad in February 2014 to get the Blues firmly in the title race, but Mourinho was quick to rub them – with an emphasis on the power of Arsenal and Manchester City.
That season Chelsea had signed a whole series of players, including Willian, Andre Schurrle, Samuel Eto’o, Mohamed Salah and Kurt Zouma, but that was not enough in the eyes of Mourinho.
“The title race is between two horses and a small horse that needs milk and has to learn to jump,” he said. “Maybe we can race next season.”
Despite beating Manchester City in February 2014, Mourinho felt that Chelsea could not win the title
MANCHESTER UNITED (2016-18)
About frustrations as United-manager in July 2018 (was fired in December 2018)
After being heavily supported in his first two seasons as Manchester United, it was not a case of third time luck for the Portuguese.
The signing of Alexis Sanchez in January 2018 turned out to be an important flop and the United States administration was reluctant to finance another huge expenditure. In the summer of 2018, Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant arrived, but Mourinho wanted more – an excellent target with Harry Maguire after an excellent World Cup with England. However, the summer before, he had seen him draw Victor Lindelof in the middle with Eric Bailly, who had also joined the year before.
“I want two more players,” he said. “I think I’ll get one. For that I gave my club five names. “
Mourinho was unhappy about the lack of transfer activity from Manchester United in the summer of 2018
OUT OF WORK (2018-19)
Takes a look at Ed Woodward due to lack of transfer activity in 2018 (spoken as a Sky Sports expert last August)
After being fired as manager of Manchester United in December 2018, Mourinho immersed himself in media work – doing a lot of analysis as a TV expert for different networks.
At the start of this season, he worked for Sky Sports and was an expert for the Manchester United curtain raiser with Chelsea in August.
Thinking about where things went wrong at United, Mourinho pointed out that he was not allowed to sign a new center back – with Maguire the target No. 1. Maguire came to Leicester City twelve months later.
Asked by Sky Sports if he thought United could win the title last season, Mourinho said: “No, when I said that I finished second in the previous season, was one of my biggest achievements, I didn’t like the words, I told you what I felt.
“So last season I didn’t think we had done enough on the transfer market to compete for the title. I hope they feel they can do it [win it this time] because it will be an important motivation for them. ”
Speaking of Sky, Mourinho doubted the title chances of United last season when he was in charge
In August he took a swipe with Executive Vice President Ed Woodward of United about transfers