It has been more than fifteen years since Jose Mourinho walked into his first press conference as Chelsea manager and announced to the world that he was the ‘Special One’
Eyebrows might have been raised at the time given that it was the Portuguese coach’s first big job in one of the top leagues in Europe.
However, a decade and a half later, there can be no doubt that he has indeed lived up to his own billing.
The Mourinho we have witnessed at Tottenham is a slightly different person to the hot-blooded, bombastic one that arrived in English football all those years ago.
The Tottenham boss has still shown that he has the same charisma and passion (as seen in Amazon’s All or Nothing) and he certainly has not lost his sarcasm, as those who follow him on Instagram can attest to.
However, he certainly seems much more relaxed than in previous years and Mourinho puts that down to the experience he now has in the game.
When asked what he would call himself now, the 58-year-old told ESPN: “The Experienced One. I am very experienced.
“Basically everything that happens to me in football now is deja vu, is something that has happened to me before.
“There are jobs that you need a special fitness condition like a football player. A 40-year-old does not have the same potential like a 20-or 30-year old, unless you’re Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“Coaching you just need your brain, an accumulation of experiences and knowledge can only make you better.”
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