Jose Mourinho


Mourinho's first managerial job was at Benfica in 2000 after a spell as assistant manager to Sir Bobby Robson and Louis van Gaal at FC Barcelona. His reign at Benfica was brief and a spell as Head Coach of Leiria followed until Mourinho left to become manager at FC Porto in 2002. Mourinho‘sPorto won the Portuguese League, the Portuguese Cup, the UEFA Cup and notably the UEFA Champions League. In 2004 Mourinho left Portugal for Chelsea where he twice won the Premier League. He then became manager of Inter Milan in 2008 and again won the Champions League in 2010. Soon after the final Mourinho left Milan to join Real Madrid where he won La Liga in 2012 before eventually leaving to rejoin Chelsea for the 2013-2014 season.

5 Coaching Points from Mourinho

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Aresne Wenger, amongst others, accused Mourinho's sides of lacking flair and being efficient. Mourinho responded:

What is flair in football? To me 5-4 is not flair it is a hockey score not football. To me flair is a team who defend fantastically well because defence is always an important part of a game, and we score goals too. ”       The Sun, 29th January 2007

Mourinho reacted angrily to the English media who suggested his Chelsea team were playing average football:

We have only failed to score in three games. Chelsea always play with three forwards, two attacking wide men and a central midfielder who is there to create and not destroy.The Sun, 29th January 2007

Football here is played with passion, love and instinct but we have to think a bit more. We have to stop solely backing out instincts because when English teams meet teams which reflect and can adapt their game to the situation during a match it comes unstuckThe Sun, 29th January 2007
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Mourinho has used various formations in his managerial career. At Porto he played 4-4-2 often with a midfield diamond. The majority of the team‘s attacks were orchestrated by player at front of the diamond. He does not like to be labeled as a manager who is rigid in the formation he adopts. When employing a 4-4-2 he talks of playing ‗in between the lines‘. At Chelsea he played 4-3-3 as an attacking formation. He used Arjen Robben and Damien Duff as wide players who could carry out his instructions in this system. The 4-3-3 formation can also be defensive if the 3 attacking players are required to stop the full backs playing out from the back.

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Jose Mourinho wants players who are physically, technically and tactically capable of playing in the first team:

He is due to play in tonight's friendly with Roma. I think it surprised quite a few people he is in our squad but he is a team player, he is tactically intelligent and he covers different positions.The Guardian 28 August 2004
Gus Poyet had warned Mourinho prior to his arrival about English players:
―If you come [to England] you will have a big problem. You want to think football but they [English players] do not want to think football

Mourinho agreed:

When I started pre-season training …. That is exactly how I felt. Fortunately, I had some great allies in some of the foreign players like Claude Makelele, a man who knows and understands the thinking side.
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Mourinho‘s teams are always thoroughly prepared tactically:

You have to find exercises in football to give you the organisation you need because football is all about organisation. Sometimes football is beautiful because of competitiveness, effort, organisation and enthusiasm.

When asked about his team‘s chances of winning a trophy he responded:

if we keep our mental, physical and tactical strength nobody can stop us.
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Mourinho prepares his players for every situation that may arise in a game.

You have to find exercises in football to give you the organization you need because football is all about organisation. Tactics form that organization… everything in training is given to the ball.
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Built a reputation as a manager who , once ahead would adapt his game to hold on to the lead as a pose to trying for more goals. Won 11 games 1-0 in his first season. As a manager would also change his team bringing in players to deal with specific threats from the opposition. Wenger would not dio this and Fergusson only rarely. They try to impose their style and win not, as Mourinho, adapt his style to nullify the opposition.