Mourinho Dishes on Barcelona, Chelsea, and Inter Spells

José Mourinho revisited some key moments of his career in an interview with Federico Buffa for Sky, starting from his Barcelona days.

“I worked with Roy Hodgson and Louis Van Gaal there. The latter was very educational. I’ll always thank him. It was important for me to manage the best players in the world as a young assistant. I stayed when he left because the new president asked me to help the new gaffer. It wasn’t my cup of tea and wasn’t comfortable. I did the pre-season retreat, then I told my wife that I was unhappy in August.”

Mourinho commented on his time at Chelsea.

“It was a feat because everybody has money in England. Roman Abramovich had already invested but needed the final step. They weren’t missing much to win. There was the potential to change the culture and hand-pick the players, which doesn’t happen often. We built a dream team and won the Premier League twice in a row, plus three cups. That squad continued making history after I departed.”

Mourinho believes he would have lifted the Champions League again if he didn’t leave Inter.

“Their players were prepared and mentally strong. When we visited Stamford Bridge, I told them that I had never lost in my stadium. Coaches often just facilitate things and push footballers to their limits, and they respond. As Marco Materazzi said, we would have won the Champions League again had I stayed for two or three more years.”

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