Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho gave us all a glimpse of the manager who conquered the world eight years ago, his greatest hits.
When one thinks about Jose Mourinho and his greatest hits as a manager, thinking about the time when he defeated FC Barcelona at Camp Nou in the 2010 Champions League semifinal is inevitable.
Back then there was a feeling that Pep Guardiola’s squad was completely invincible, and yet Mourinho’s Internazionale Milano came to Camp Nou and eliminated the mighty Barcelona.
This was a feat that only a manager like Jose Mourinho was able to accomplish, he was the one who managed to beat that historic side at their very best and nobody will ever take the credit from him.
But now that many years have gone by, there was a general feeling that Jose had lost his touch and Manchester United was suffering from an outdated manager who needed to improve on many fronts.
This Wednesday’s match at Juventus Stadium was very similar to the one against Barcelona from 2010, a setting in which Jose Mourinho’s squad was considered the weakest from the two and pretty much everybody bet against the Red Devils.
But if you know Jose Mourinho, you could already smell that the Portuguese manager was slowly going back to his best self with the Red Devils.
Mourinho después del partido: "Yo soy un profesional. Pero ellos me insultaron a mí, mi familia y mi familia interista por 90 minutos, al final del juego solo quería escucharlos más fuerte."#MouUnoDiNoi💙 pic.twitter.com/IG9d2zrgyu
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Jose was even mending his relationship with several players who had lost his confidence throughout the start of this new season, but their performance from this Wednesday proved that the manager has completely turned things around and now there will be very few squads that can stop Manchester United.
Since the match against Juventus started, the fans at the stadium began to scream several types of insults against Jose Mourinho and they intensified as soon as Cristiano Ronaldo scored the goal that appeared to have decided the final outcome of this game.
The manager remained calm during the final minutes of the game, he was expecting for the perfect moment to unleash his already familiar reaction after getting yet another upset against the favorite for this match.
His reaction after his players managed to turn the game around in the final minutes against Juventus, was strangely familiar to the same reaction he had when Internazionale Milano eliminated Barcelona in that 2010 Champions League semifinal.
The manager went straight to the fans and celebrated right in front of them, he placed his hand on one ear and asked them to keep yelling at him.
➔ Le festejó a los culés en el Camp Nou.
➔ Le festejó a los hinchas de la Juventus en Turín.
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Mourinho spoke to the press after the match to reveal the reason he reacted the way he did, something that players like Leonardo Bonucci or Paulo Dybala didn’t like one bit and came after the manager when the match was over.
“I was insulted for 90 minutes. I came here to do my job, nothing more,” said Mourinho via Goal.
“I didn’t offend anyone at the end, I just made a gesture that I wanted to hear them louder. I probably shouldn’t have done it, and with a cool head I wouldn’t have done it, but with my family insulted, including my Inter family, I reacted like this.”
“We played a fantastic game, to our top level, as we cannot be any better than this. We came here to play like a team that was against a side with different potential on every level,” he continued.
“We managed to win because we played a very, very positive match and we looked for the victory to the very end. We looked for it.”
“Fellaini changes the game, most often at home. We didn’t have him in the first leg, Juventus introduced Barzagli to control us, but we immediately went direct and got the goals.”
“We introduced Juan Mata not for the free kicks, but to put the crosses in for Fellaini, who always dominates in the air.”
“A point or three would’ve changed little for Juventus, but three points makes a big difference to us.”
"Beautiful Italians insulted me for 90 minutes…" 🤷♂️
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho explains his post-match celebrations 👀
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