Photography by Tom Oldham

UEFA Champions League Semi Final First Leg, April 20 2010

Inter Milan 3
  • Sneijder (30)
  • Maicon (48)
  • Milito (61)
Barcelona 1
  • Pedro (19)

José Mourinho was recruited by Inter Milan in the summer of 2008, having left Chelsea towards the start of the previous season. In the space of two years, the Portuguese led the Nerazzuri to the Champions League title that had long eluded them, doing so for the second time as manager, six years after inspiring Porto to the same heights.

Speaking exclusively to The Coaches’ Voice, Mourinho reveals how it was his team beat Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona – widely considered the finest club team in history – 3-1 in the first leg of their Champions League semi final. He offers particular depth to explain their approach to frustrating Lionel Messi, and how they capitalised on the spaces behind Barca’s attacking full-backs.

Inter’s victory in the final, over Bayern Munich, gave them their first European Cup since 1965. It was also imminently followed by his departure for Real Madrid.

Starting teams and formations

José Mourinho

The Italian Job

In the third part of our exclusive series with José Mourinho, he reflects on his successful spell with Inter Milan, when they won a historic treble
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
José Mourinho

The Special One

In the second part of our exclusive series with José Mourinho, he tells us the story of his first spell at Chelsea, when he inspired consecutive Premier League titles