Whinging Mourinho cooks up staggering excuse for trophy drought


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Jose Mourinho: Glutton for punishment

You might think that being a football manager at one of the biggest, richest football clubs on the planet makes the job a little easier than it would otherwise be.

Huge amounts of money available for transfers and wages, immaculate training and medical facilities for your players, incredible back-up to ensure that you don't have to waste a minute on the unimportant admin that sucks time away from lower league bosses... the list goes on.

Jose Mourinho, however, doesn't quite see it that way. As the new season kicks off, he has claimed that his roster of management jobs - Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea again - have actually been brutal, tough roles.

That's right: as Chelsea prepare to open their league account at promoted Burnley on Monday night, Mourinho claimed he is a glutton for punishment for shouldering high-pressure managerial assignments.

That, he says, is why he hasn't won anything since the Spanish league title in 2012.

"I'm not a very intelligent guy in choosing my teams, because I like to work, I like to build, I don't like easy jobs. I don't like to get clubs worked by other managers before me. I don't like to arrive on time to collect the fruit of their trees.

"When I went to Porto, the season before that they were fifth. Remember what Madrid was when I went there, and what Inter was when I went to Inter. And when I came back to Chelsea, I came in a moment where one team was over and another one needed to come.

"And at the same time I came to a league which is the only league where six teams are competing for the title. So I'm not good in choosing my jobs - or I'm good because I choose what I really love. So this is my second year of a project, and I'm so happy with that."

However, Mourinho didn't launch upon an impassioned defence of his time at Real Madrid, explaining why he left the club empty-handed in his third season.

He also failed to point out that, before his arrival at Chelsea, deals had already been agreed to bring Arjen Robben and Petr Cech to the club, while the likes of Frank Lampard and John Terry were already there.

Additionally, he neglected to point out that Inter Milan had won the Scudetto in each of the three seasons before he arrived.

He also failed to clarify his assertion regarding Porto, who did indeed lie fifth in the table when he took over mid-season, but had actually been runners-up in the league the season beforehand - and that by just a single point from Boavista.

Mourinho saw them climb from fifth to third by the end of that season (a feat that any statistician would tell you represents simple 'regression to the mean'), and bought in a whole raft of new players (including the likes of key men such as Nuno Valente and Maniche) to take them to glory a year later. In other words, he took the team that was second best in the country, spent a load of money, and made them the best in the country.

But no. Mourinho didn't talk about any of that. Instead, he carried on talking, and went on to reject the notion Chelsea must win the league to secure a successful campaign.

"At the end of the season, you, the supporters and the players will judge my work. More important than all of you, my boss, my owner, my board - they will judge my work too.

"For some to achieve success will be to win the league. I understand that because of my last 10 years and Chelsea's last 10 years.

"But I really don't care about it, all I care about is being myself - working hard every day, having ambition to win always the next game. It doesn't matter the competition, it doesn't matter the opponent, and this is part of me.

"I don't need that from you, the supporters, or anybody to motivate me more than naturally I am. So I want to win against Burnley, that's the first step, and to win against Burnley will be very hard, I can imagine."

Poor Jose.

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