Photography by Tom Oldham

José Mourinho

Chelsea, 2004-2007

“The job was to bring Chelsea to that dimension. There are no big clubs without a trophy room. At that moment, Chelsea needed to win the Premier League. That was the job.”

In the 2003/04 season, a Chelsea team then managed by Claudio Ranieri reached the last 16 of the FA Cup, the last eight of the League Cup, the last four of the Champions League, and finished second to the Arsenal Invincibles in the Premier League. That summer, owner Roman Abramovich replaced Ranieri with José Mourinho, who had just won the Champions League with little-fancied Porto – dramatically knocking out Manchester United along the way.

In the second part of our series of exclusive Coaches’ Voice Stories, Mourinho tells us the tale of his first, three-year spell at Stamford Bridge: what he knew of the project before he joined, the chemistry he built up between the players he inherited and those he introduced, and how that blend took Chelsea to a first league title in 50 years…

 

José Mourinho

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José Mourinho

Making a manager

José Mourinho talks exclusively about his development as a manager and early successes with Porto, en route to winning the Champions League
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José Mourinho

José Mourinho organised Inter Milan to overcome Barcelona and Lionel Messi en route to winning the Champions League. He revisits the occasion
Julen Lopetegui

Crossing the river

Julen Lopetegui on the start of his coaching career, and how he reflects on his time as head coach of both Spain and Real Madrid