On this day in 2004, Jose Mourinho was appointed as manager of Chelsea.
Roman Abramovich had given Claudio Ranieri the boot after failing to win any major trophies the previous season, and fresh from winning the Champions League, Mourinho gave an outrageous first press conference to promise he would succeed where his predecessor had failed.
The Portuguese was true to his word, winning six trophies during the first of two spells at Stamford Bridge, but his comments sent the British media into frenzy – and he has been repeating the trick ever since.
Seeing as it is 13 years today since Mourinho arrived on our shores, we have selected 13 of his best quotes from over the years at Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United.
Put the tools down, grab a brew, sit down, relax and enjoy some absolutely golden moments from one of the most entertaining and interesting managers of all time.
Never change, Jose.
Can we do it again now please?
He was one of the world’s most exciting players.
There’s a couple of curve balls in this one.
The man wanted by all the top six.
“That extra edge I thought I had was taken away.”
Who thought this was a good idea?!
In fact, we all love Santi.
Featuring an Illuminati conspiracy theorist.
Chelsea’s unsung hero.
Some might be surprised by Owen’s forthrightness.