One of only five managers to have won the prestigious UEFA Champions League with two different clubs and one of only four to have won a League title in four different countries, Jose Mourinho, the self-proclaimed Special One was named Portugal's Coach of the Century on Wednesday night at a star studded function in Estoril. The 51-year-old who's looking to win his 3rd English Premier League title with Chelsea in his second spell as the Blues boss was clearly overwhelmed with the recognition afforded to him by the country of his birth.
Speaking to the press at the awards, the Portuguese said, "Obviously the titles I won with FC Porto are the most important for me during my career because they were titles won with a Portuguese team and for the Portuguese football. And in the case of FC Porto it was a unique situation which was wining a final of a Champions League with nine Portuguese players. I would like this to happen again. I also would dare to challenge, in a risky way, the next Portuguese coach to win a Champions League with a Portuguese team playing with a majority of Portuguese players who can feed the National team as Porto did at the time of Euro 2004. If so, I will give him this trophy."
Never one to shy away from controversy, Mourinho has probably made more enemies than friends during a 15 year managerial career that has taken him from Benfica, Uniao de Leiria & FC Porto in Portugal to Chelsea in England, Inter Milan in Italy, Real Madrid in Spain and back to Chelsea again. But despite his somewhat confrontational ways, the Portuguese has time and again delivered trophies at every club he has managed. Twenty major trophies to be precise from 2002 onwards.
But the last two seasons, one with Real Madrid and one with Chelsea have not proven to be very fruitful with both sides failing to win a single piece of silverware. This season however Mourinho hopes to make amends with his side in contention for four major trophies. History in fact tells us that whenever Mourinho's sides have been leading the league table at Christmas, the league title is a guaranteed prize. And this season maybe no different with his Chelsea side two points ahead of defending champions Manchester City after 21 games.
Unbeaten at home and just two losses on the road, the Blue are hoping to lift their first Premier League title since 2010 when current Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti led them to the double of Premier League and FA Cup. They have been on top of the table since week one in England with 2nd place Manchester City, 3rd place Southampton and 4th place Manchester United yet to visit Stamford Bridge this season.