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José Mourinho is being tipped to return to Chelsea. Here's why we've missed the Special One...

The subterfuge: supposedly hiding in a dirty laundry basket in order to circumvent a UEFA ban preventing him from entering Chelsea's dressing room.

The dog: José was cautioned by police in 2007 for refusing to allow his dog, which is called Gullit, to go into quarantine.

The attitude: "Please don't call me arrogant, but I'm European champion and I think I'm a special one."

The (other) attitude: sitting on the bench with his kids as his Porto players celebrated winning the 2004 European Cup.

The quotes: "It is omelettes and eggs. No eggs – no omelettes! It depends on the quality of the eggs." (On a Chelsea injury crisis.)

The petulance: After poking Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova in the eye, Mourinho said he did not know who "Pito" Vilanova was. NB: a Pito, or "whistle" is Spanish slang for "penis".