“Sometimes I say that simplicity is genius and complexity is to hide that you are not good enough”
When José Mourinho joined Inter Milan from Chelsea in the summer of 2008, he did so as the most successful manager in the west London club’s history. Taking over from Roberto Mancini, who had led the club to a third consecutive Serie A title the previous season, Mourinho’s task was clear: to deliver Champions League glory.
His first season at the helm yielded success in Serie A and the Supercoppa Italiana, but there was disappointment in the Champions League – defeat to Manchester United in the first knockout round prolonged Inter’s frustrations in the continent’s elite competition.
It was a failure that proved to be a crucial stepping stone to success, helping Mourinho to clarify what his team needed to take that next step. After a summer during which the likes of Wesley Sneijder, Diego Milito and Samuel Eto’o arrived at the San Siro, Mourinho oversaw a season of unprecedented success, delivering the Serie A title, Coppa Italia and a long-awaited Champions League trophy.
In the third part of our exclusive series of CV Stories, Mourinho tells us the tale of his two-year journey in Italy and details what the keys were to Inter “breaking the psychological wall” of going so many years without European Cup success.