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José Mourinho Interview


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José Mourinho Interview

  1. 1. INTERVIEWBY ANDY ROXBURGH,UEFA TECHNICAL DIRECTOR EMPICS THE STORY OF JOSÉ MOURINHO’S SUCCESS AS A COACH, AT FC PORTO AND NOW AT CHELSEA FC,IS THE STUFF OF COMIC BOOKS AND MOVIES. BUT HIS RISE TO PROMINENCE DID NOT HAPPEN BY CHANCE – IT WAS THE RESULT OF INTELLIGENCE, BURNING DESIRE AND A COMMITMENT, OVER MANY YEARS, TO FOOTBALL EDUCATION AND TO GAINING PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE AT TOP PROFESSIONAL CLUBS. AFTER HIS STUDIES AT A SPORTS UNIVERSITY, HE PACKED HIS BAGS AND CAME TO SCOTLAND TO ATTEND THE FA’S COACHING COURSES (AT THE TIME I WAS SCOTLAND’S NATIONAL COACH AND DIRECTOR OF THE COACHING PROGRAMME WHICH THE YOUNG, IMPRESSIONABLE JOSÉ PARTICIPATED IN). AFTER A SPELL AS A YOUTH COACH IN PORTUGAL HE WORKED FOR MANY YEARS WITH BOBBY ROBSON AT SPORTING LISBON, FC PORTO, AND FC BARCELONA. AT THE LATTER CLUB, HE ALSO HAD FOUR YEARS AS ASSISTANT TO LOUIS VAN GAAL BEFORE EMBARKING ON A SOLO CAREER AS HEAD COACH AT UD LEIRIA. JOSÉ MOVED TO FC PORTO AS HEAD COACH IN JANUARY 2002, AND BEFORE DEPARTING IN THE SUMMER OF 2004 TO CHELSEA FC, HE HAD CAPTURED THE UEFA CUP, THE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE, TWO PORTUGUESE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES, PLUS THE PORTUGUESE CUP AND SUPER CUP. A REMARKABLE RECORD FOR AN OUTSTANDING COACH. HE IS THE CURRENT CLUB CHAMPION OF EUROPE – HE IS...JOSÉ MOURINHO1 • What motivated you to become ology, the exercises, the develop- the youth sector I joined Sportinga coach? ment of ideas, analysing the game, Lisbon as assistant to Bobby Robson.The biggest motivation was football, not trying to improve the players and The first step was to study, the nextthe coaching job. Every kid who loves the team. The English part of the step was to develop young playersfootball wants to be a player. I thought job which links you to other areas and the third step was to work along-I could be one, although maybe not a of the club, like the Youth Academy side a big coach at pro level. I repeat,top one. At the same time my father and the work of the Board, appeals the process was step by step.was a coach and football was a big to me. I love all aspects of the job,part of my life. I studied at the sports but I got to this point step by step. 2 • How did leaving Portugal for Spainuniversity and therefore it was step by I started as U-16 coach in Portugal affect your development as a coach?step. You feel that you cannot be a top and when I finished my studies I joined Bobby in Barcelona and thisplayer, but you love to study football, I went to Scotland in the late 80s was a big motivation – new country,sports science and methodology and, to join you, and your methods new culture. Then Louis van Gaalon reaching a certain age, you decide made me think about methodology arrived and I was exposed to anotherthat you would love to coach, to be in- in a different way. The way you style, another philosophy. While Bobbyvolved in football. You lose the appetite used small-sided games to develop knew everything about me, I had toto be a player and you start to love the technical, tactical and fitness ele- prove myself to Louis, to adapt toidea of being a coach. At this moment ments – a global view of training. the Dutch School, to a new way ofin time I can say I love to be a coach After I came back from Scotland training. The Ajax School, the van Gaalon the pitch. I like the direct involve- I felt I made a difference through way of seeing football, was a newment with the players, the method- my coaching work. After working in adventure for me. After another four 4
  2. 2. AN DY ROXBU RGH PRESENTS JOSÉ MOU RIN HO WITH A PHOTO OF TH E PORTUGU ESE COACH ACTION IMAGES POSING BETWEEN TH E TWO EU ROPEAN TROPH IES. my mind some exercises I did with you in Scotland, but from these I tried to develop my own variations. The same with ideas from Bobby Robson and Louis van Gaal. Even when I was scouting for Bobby around the world I got ideas. I tell youngsters who are trying to follow me, “don’t accept what I give you as the pure truth”. I have always tried to learn, and people like Louis challenged me. During my last year at Barça, for example, I was given the responsibility of taking the team in some friendlies or cup games and Louis would monitor the way I handled things. I was prepared to take charge of a team – I had developed my know- how and my confidence. Confident yes – arrogant no. I am open to people, and my friends laugh when they read articles which label me as arrogant – they know it is not true. I am focused on my job and when I say I think we will win I am only saying what most coaches think before a match. When the players think you are strong and that you trust them, it helps them to have a good attitude. 4 • Was there one moment when you knew you were on the way to stardom? EMPICS Yes. Portugal is like Scotland. You can be a king in your own country but people outside don’t recogniseyears at Barça and at 34 years old, team – it was a crucial period of you and, of course, your countrymenI returned to Portugal. I may have rebuilding. The next season was fan- wonder if you can be a successlooked young, but I was prepared to tastic because we won the UEFA Cup abroad. The important thing is to bebecome a head coach – my journey and the treble in Portugal. That season recognised in Europe and the crucialhad been a long process, involving prepared us for the next season moment for me was when we wonmany important experiences. because the level was not the same as away to Panathinaikos FC in the in the Champions League. Confidence quarter-finals of the 2003 UEFA Cup.3 • What was it like to come back was high because the players were We had lost at home and no Portu-to FC Porto as the head coach? ready to face trips to Manchester or guese team had ever earned a pointThe first six months were incredibly Madrid. It was a great process – this in Greece. We won 2-0 and in thatdifficult because the club and the team just did not happen by chance. Along moment I felt I had gone from thewere in a very bad situation. But this the way, I have been influenced by domestic level to the European stan-period helped me to understand the some people, although I have never dard. Winning the final against Celticclub and to prepare the next season. been the type to just accept the truth was the second big step in my careerI changed players and reorganised the of others. For example, I still have in because I then felt I was a success 5
  3. 3. THERE IS ALWAYS SOM ETHING ACTION IMAGES TO SAY EMPICS TO THE European terms and could move ago. When it comes to games, I am organised and serious, and they knowto higher things. much more analytical during the first the purpose of the exercise. half because at half-time I need to help5 • What do you emphasise in your my team. It is difficult to communicate 7 • Having won the UEFA Cuptraining sessions? with the players during a top match and the UEFA Champions LeagueI have a plan at the beginning of the so I don’t shout too much but I do take back-to-back, what is your viewseason and I try not to waste any time notes, but only in the first half. The of these competitions?– I concentrate on my tactical ideas second half I can analyse at home. The ‘knock-out’ element of each topfor the team. I write down my ideas During the half-time team talk, I try to competition is fantastic. Every teamand give them to everyone in the club. control my emotions and to be what must be prepared to play for a resultThe tactical aspects are at the core of the team needs me to be – this means away from home. With Porto I triedthe whole process. As I said to you that I can be very cool or I can be very to play away with exactly the samebefore, I believe in the global method. emotional because the team needs mentality that we had at home. If youMy fitness coach, for example, works a certain response from me. There is want to win a competition, you cannotwith me on the tactical systems, advis- always a certain emotional component play in a crazy way at home or try toing on time, distance and space. I want as well as a tactical contribution. There keep the score down when you areto develop tactical aspects of the game: is always something to tell the team away. In the UEFA Cup, our results withhow to press, when to press, transitions, at half-time, but after the match not Porto were very similar home andball possession, positional play. After one word, because the players are not away. When I prepared my Porto teamthat other things come – the physical ready to be analytical at that moment. for the Champions League, I arrangedand psychological aspects are part of Overall, I would say that I have a flexi- matches during the pre-season whichthe exercises. The individual work is ble management style, although I am exposed us to different systems, differ-done when we feel the players need very demanding during training. I have ent approaches to the game. To winthat. Often we need to separate the always been lucky to have more than the UEFA Champions League, youplayers into groups depending on their one pitch at my training centre, and need to be a very strong team but atcondition and the amount of playing I therefore prepare my sessions in such some point you need luck, like thetime they have had. The emphasis a way that I can jump from one situa- last-minute goal my Porto team scoredof the work is always tactical. tion to another with effective working against Manchester United (although time high and resting time very low. I think we deserved it). After that we6 • How would you describe your We go for quality and high intensity went on to win the cup, and I don’tstyle as a coach? during short periods. Players want to remember any team winning at thisI think it has been an evolution – I am work, whether it is in Portugal, England level without such a moment – adifferent today than I was five years or Spain, as long as the training is well penalty, a late winner, etc. At the high- est level there is often very little differ- ence when the first of the group has to play the second of another group. It means nothing because the runners- up can be Bayern Munich or Real Madrid. In addition, the away goals rule in extra time kills any advantage of being the home team in the second leg. The UEFA Champions League is the ultimate club competition – even the European/South American Cup is nothing in comparison. I must say that, for me, the emotion was much greater Lennart Johansson when winning the UEFA Cup against and Lars-Christer Olsson Celtic than beating Monaco in the UEFA present José Mourinho Champions League final because of EMPICS with his UEFA Champions League winner’s medal. the game of football. The match against 6
  4. 4. ANDY ROXBU RGH JOSÉ MOU RINHOIN CONVERSATION WITH AT WORK WITH CH ELSEA,JOSÉ MOU RI NHO. COACH ING ANDSTEVIE CLARK, JOSÉ DU RING A MATCH, WITHASSISTANT, LOOKS ON. DI DI ER DROGBA. despite the high tempo. Also, in English football, full-backs who lack height can have problems because of the long-ball tactic employed by many teams. 11 • What tactical trends do you see at the top level of the game? Transitions have become crucial. When the opponent is organised defensively, AFP/ASFOURI it is very difficult to score. The moment the opponent loses the ball can be the time to exploit the opportunity of some- one being out of position. Similarly when we lose the ball we must react AFP/DE SOUZA two clubs, like Greece, this can be an immediately. In training I sometimes advantage. In the big countries – that practise keeping a minimum of five is those with the money – this cannot players behind the ball, so that when happen because the players are spread we lose it we can still keep a good around various clubs. I must say that defensive shape. The players must learn Portugal, as a country, was fantastic with to read the game – when to press the organisation, and the team did well. and when to return to their defensive The image of Portugal was enhanced positions. Everybody says that set Celtic was dramatic until the last by EURO 2004. As we are talking plays win most games, but I think it moment – they even sent their goal- about national teams, I can tell you is more about transitions. keeper into our penalty box to attack that one day I would like to be the a corner in the dying seconds. But after head coach of Portugal, but not now. 12 • What concerns you most about the dust has settled, then the UEFA I would not like to retire without having football today? Champions League title is the greatest been the Portuguese manager. On the field, the constant disruption prize. On a personal level, the night and the wasting of time bothers me. we won it was difficult because I was 9 • Are there any laws, interpretations I would like us to consider actual full of conflicting emotions, knowing or regulations which concern you? playing time because some people that I would be leaving the team – I did At Chelsea, I am frustrated because are clever at manipulating the time. not see my Porto players again until often our counter-attacks are stopped three months later when they came to by ‘technical fouls’ and no yellow 13 • How has your meteoric rise Stamford Bridge in this season’s UEFA cards are given. Some teams are to the top affected your life style and Champions League competition. masters at this. Also, the interpretation you as a person? of the offside law is very confusing Nobody knew me, and then suddenly 8 • What was your impression and it must be very difficult for the within two seasons I am known every- of EURO 2004? match officials to make decisions. where. Of course, you live with the I think Greece in EURO 2004 was like pressure and with the public attention. Porto in the UEFA Champions League 10 • What are the main qualities that My life and that of my family has because the strength of the team and you look for in a player? changed. It is, of course, part of the the desire to be successful were deci- Once again, I take a global view. I have job to deal with the various demands. sive. For Greece, it was a step-by-step produced profiles for each position in However, a principle for me is that process of gaining confidence and terms of personality, athletic qualities, I never miss a training session due to a victory for commitment, belief and technical skills, etc. And, of course, if a other claims on my time. I strongly organisation. Like everyone else I player lacks speed he has no chance believe that professional duties always thought some top players were below in today’s top-level football. OK, you come before external business requests. par. Also, in countries where they can may get a midfield player who is quick You will gather that, for me, football build around the players of one or mentally and he can still perform is my job but also my passion. 7