I don't say we are a defensive team. I say we are a strong team in defensive terms, but at the same time lacking sufficient fluidity in attack because that will take time to come.

— Jose Mourinho

The most sublime Jose Mourinho quotes that will activate your desire to change

The best way to stop Messi is when you play with 11 men and then you can double mark him, one player to stay on him and the other to help out. If it is 11 against 10 then you have almost no chance of stopping him.


You have to work hard AND well. There are a lot of people who work hard but not well.


The title race is between two horses and a little horse that needs milk and needs to learn how to jump.


Arsenal have won that advantage, nobody gave it to them.

By playing fantastic football and by winning matches and by winning trophies, they won that respect that the opponent has for them.


It is like having a blanket that is too small for the bed, you pull the blanket up to keep your chest warm, and your feet stick out. I cannot buy a bigger blanket because the supermarket is closed. But the blanket I have is made of cashmere. So it's good.


Football is a more beautiful game in high definition.


Like me or not, I am the only one who has won the world's three most important leagues. So, maybe instead of the 'Special One', people should start calling me the 'Only One'.


If Messi is the best in the world, it's only because Cristiano is from another planet.


Ten years ago I also had a very difficult decision to make when we had (Carlo) Cudicini giving fantastic performances in Chelsea’s goal for many years. I had in my hands a 22-year-old goalkeeper I thought could be in Chelsea’s goals for years and years and years and this situation is quite similar.


To be the ultimate team, you must use your body and your mind.

Draw up on the resources of your teammates. Choose your steps wisely and you will win. Remember, only teams succeed.


If a player is not performing, there are two ways of looking at it.

You wait for performance to come, or maybe the moment has arrived where you have to change. I could go either way.


You don't have to love me. You don't even have to like me, but you will respect me.


About Jose Mourinho

Quotes 128 sayings
Nationality Portuguese
Profession Coach
Birthday 26 January 1963

Football is a game about feelings and intelligence.


A great pianist doesn't run around the piano or do push ups with his fingers.

To be great, he plays the piano. ...being a footballer is not about running, push-ups or physical work generally. The best way to be a great footballer is to play.


Chelsea are up there with best teams in the world,and let's hope United can join us in quarter-finals.


No club moves me from Chelsea until Chelsea wants me to move because I want to be where I am loved.


If Messi is the best on the planet, Ronaldo is the best in the universe.


I studied Italian five hours a day for many months to ensure I could communicate with the players, media and fans. [Claudio] Ranieri had been in England for five years and still struggled to say 'good morning' and 'good afternoon.'


If you want me to rule out ever being Manchester United manager, I can't.

Special clubs need special managers, so in theory it could work.


It’s not important how we play. If you have a Ferrari and I have a small car, to beat you in a race I have to break your wheel or put sugar in your tank.


In five years I have never had a match where my team has had less possession than the opponents.


The Porto players were with me for two and a half years, they believed in me, in my methods, in the way we do it. The next day I go and a manager arrives who works completely differently.


In the same way that I had to follow an Italian manager here, I can imagine that it was not easy for an Italian manager to follow me at Porto.


Ranieri? He's right in what he says: I am very demanding of myself and I need to win to be secure about things. That's why I've won so many trophies in my career. He, on the other hand, has the mentality of someone who doesn't need to win and at nearly 70 years old he has won a Supercoppa and another small cup. He's too old to change his mindset.


You see how Spanish, Italians, Portuguese play football.

I don't say they are perfect, I say English football has a few things to learn from them in the same way they have a lot of things to learn from English football.


Ronaldinho is better than Cristiano Ronaldo, but neither are as good as Leo Messi. He holds numerous records, such as the most goals scored in a single La Liga season and the most goals scored in a calendar year. I'm more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world. He has everything. We must protect him.


You can have the top stars to bring the attention, you can have the best stadium, you can have the best facilities, you can have the most beautiful project in terms of marketing and all this kind of thing. But if you don't win... All the work these people are doing is forgotten.


One day he (Einstein) said that the only mechanical force more powerful than steam, electricity and atomic energy is will. That Albert guy was not stupid. With will you can achieve things.


Look at my haircut. I am ready for the war. The objective is to win the Premiershp. I don't want to dominate, to finish without defeat, record points or goals or consecutive wins. The Premiership is so difficult you cannot be focused on that. I just think about winning.


People don't know about football. They think they know about it but they don't know much.


I don't have to be jealous of Barcelona because they have 100 years of history and have won the European Cup once. I have only been managing for five years and I have the same amount of Champions League trophies to my name.


If Roman Abramovich helped me out in training we would be bottom of the league and if I had to work in his world of big business, we would be bankrupt!


But I think it's more normal for my team to have no success than it is to win two consecutive European cups.


For me pressure is bird flu. I'm serious. I'm feeling a lot of pressure with the problem in Scotland. It's not fun and I'm more scared of it than football. Football is nothing compared with life. For me bird flu is the drama of the last few days. I'll have to buy a mask.


The problem with Chelsea is I lack a striker.

I have Samuel Eto'o but he is 32 years old - maybe 35, who knows?


As we say in Portugal, they brought the bus and they left the bus in front of the goal.


Unhappy is a nice word.


If I am hated at Barcelona, it is their problem but not mine.

Fear is not a word in my football dictionary.


Everybody was waiting for Chelsea not to win every game and one day when we lose there will be a holiday in the country. But we are ready for that.


There is no pressure at the top. The pressure is being second or third.


A player who dives and wins a penalty in Portugal, or Spain or Italy is considered clever, experienced, cunning, someone who understands the game. In England a player who wins a penalty like that is a cheat.


You have to win and especially, as I have, you have to win a trophy for the first time.


I asked the players: 'Do you want to enjoy the game? Or do you want to enjoy after the game?' The players told me they wanted to enjoy after the game so I said: 'OK, then we will enjoy after the game'.


Pressure? What pressure? Pressure is poor people in the world trying to feed their families. There is no pressure in football


Football is a game based on emotion and intelligence.

Anyone can be clever, the trick is not to think the other guy is stupid.


I was nine or 10 years old and my father was sacked on Christmas Day.

He was a manager, the results had not been good, he lost a game on December 22 or 23. On Christmas Day, the telephone rang and he was sacked in the middle of our lunch.


I think the best place to work in football is England.


Instead of speaking about Real Madrid, Mr Wenger should speak about Arsenal and explain how he lost 2-0 against a team in the Champions League for the first time [Braga]. The history about the young kids is getting old now. Sagna, Clichy, Walcott, Fabregas, Song, Nasri, Van Persie, Arshavin are not kids. They are all top players.


My history as a manager cannot be compared with Frank Rijkaard's history.

He has zero trophies and I have a lot of them.