Jose Mourinho says he’s no longer the Special One and calls his infamous Chelsea opening press conference ‘old history’ as he prepares to lead Roma to the first-ever League final Europa conference
- Jose Mourinho delivered an infamous line when he took over at Chelsea in 2004
- He has twice won the Champions League and the Europa League
- Roma boss now faces Feyenoord in Europa Conference League final
- But the Portuguese insists he thinks more of others than himself now
Jose Mourinho insists his infamous description of himself as ‘The Special One’ no longer applies, calling it an ‘old story’.
Mourinho delivered the famous introductory line when he took charge of Chelsea in 2004, after winning the Champions League with Porto.
That label instantly stuck and then gained momentum over the years, with the 59-year-old winning the Champions League again with Inter Milan and following that up with Europa League success with Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho insists his famous description of himself as ‘The Special One’ no longer applies
Mourinho delivered the introductory line when he took charge of Chelsea in 2004
But when the Roma boss was asked ahead of his side’s Europa Conference League final against Feyenoord on Wednesday night at Tirana’s Arena Kombetare if he can produce another special display, he said: ‘The Special One is an old story.
“When you have more maturity and stability, you think a lot more about people and less about yourself.
“I can just do what every coach can do and try to help the team.
“I don’t believe in magic moments. It’s not the moment of an individual, it’s the team, the players, the staff.
The Roma boss was asked about the tag ahead of his side’s Europa Conference League final
‘Does each new achievement mean more than the previous one? It does. But there’s nothing special to do, just be us.
Mourinho is coming to the end of his 22nd season as manager but insists he does not know when he will end his illustrious career.
That’s thanks to some advice from Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson, who called Mourinho into his office at Old Trafford ahead of a Champions League clash in March 2013 when he was Real Madrid boss and warned of what awaited him.
“It was Manchester United against Real Madrid. Before the game, Sir Alex Ferguson invited me to his office,” he said.
Mourinho insists he doesn’t know when his career will end after chat with Sir Alex Ferguson
‘I asked him, ‘How is it, boss? Does it change? Does it change over the years?”. He said, ‘Forget it. Nothing changes. It is the same until the very last day.
“That’s why I keep saying I can’t believe I’m 59. I can’t believe I have a 22-year career as a head coach. I can’t tell you when I’m going to stop because I can’t visualize it.
“The passion does not change.”
Mourinho won the game’s biggest trophies, but added: “The Conference League is our Champions League. It’s the level we are at, the competition we play in.
“The club haven’t reached such an opportunity for a long time. But we haven’t won anything yet and we really want to do that.