José Mourinho: Champions League Or Bust
His record should speak for itself. Seven league cups, five league titles, a UEFA Cup and a Champions League crown. Fourteen trophies in eight years. An unbeaten home record of 150 games.
But as we all know, José speaks for José.
He is arguably the most technically prepared coach of the modern football era, and will without a doubt have his team ready for the challenge which lies ahead.
When the whistle blows for the Champions League semi-final, Barcelona can expect to see Inter Milan playing vintage Mourinho football. Combative, physical and high-pressure defensive tactics to derail Barcelona's midfield backbone of Xavi and Iniesta, while Messi will get a high dosage of Lucio and Maicon at every touch.
You would think that being the first manager to ever take three different teams to a Champions League semi-final would be enough to silence his critics. But José Mourinho was brought to Milan for one reason only: Win the Champions League.
Ironically, Van Gaal was Robson's successor at Barcelona during Mourinho's tenure in Catalonia.
Inter President Massimo Moratti may be hard pressed keeping Mourinho around Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for the remainder of his contract. The Italian media, which he quarrels with on a regular basis, constantly speculates a move to Liverpool one day or Real Madrid the next. As long as he remains to be the outspoken manager who won the heart of the British media, the Italians will not rest until he has vanished from Serie A, or has held a press conference with Europe's most prestigious trophy on the table beside him.
"I enjoy the work, I enjoy every minute of my professional life."—José Mourinho
So do we, José.
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