Sunday 02 June 2013

On this day: Special One makes a splash at Chelsea

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Jose Mourinho arriving at Stamford Bridge in 2004

  • Jose Mourinho is announced as Chelsea's new manager

  • After revealing his 'special' qualities Mourinho got to know Stamford Bridge

  • Only a week earlier Mourinho had guided Porto to Champions League victory

  • The Special One backed up words with deeds with a first Barclays Premier League title

  • The open-bus parade celebrated the Premier League title and League Cup success

  • Mourinho's Chelsea successfully defended the Premier League title in 2005/06

  • The Portuguese won a second Barclays Premier League manager of the Year in 2006

  • Mourinho left Chesea's training headquarters for the last time in September 2007

  • Two Serie A titles and a second Champions League victory ensued at Inter Milan

  • Mourinho also guided Real Madrid to the Spanish Liga title in 2011/12

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 2 June 2004 Jose Mourinho joins Chelsea

Jose Mourinho made a splash when he was announced as Chelsea’s new manager, declaring to the media at his first press conference at Stamford Bridge that he was “the Special One”.

"Please don't call me arrogant because what I am saying is true – I think I am a special one"
Jose Mourinho

Mourinho replaced Claudio Ranieri at the West London club after the Italian had guided Chelsea to their highest Barclays Premier League finish – runners-up to Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ in the 2003-04 season – and the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. But Ranieri’s replacement believed he could do better and he was not backwards in coming forwards.

”I intend to give my best, to improve things and to create the football team in relation to my image and my football philosophy,” he said. “We have top players and, sorry if I'm arrogant, we have a top manager.

"Please don't call me arrogant because what I am saying is true. I am European champion so I am not one of the bottle – I think I am the special one."

'Special One'

"The Special One" had an impressive CV despite having only been in club management for three years. In only his first full season at Porto Mourinho had guided his side to Portuguese Liga, Portuguese Cup and UEFA Cup success. In his second he retained the title and won the UEFA Champions League.

On the basis of this meteoric rise at Porto and a defeat of Manchester United on his way to Champions League success, the 41-year-old was identified by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich as the man to bring the club's first Barclays Premier League title.

Exactly a week after lifting the European Cup Mourinho was at Stamford Bridge, giving the media his confident declarations, but if he was bullish at his first press conference, he backed up his words with actions.

Record points haul

After investing heavily in players such as Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, Tiago, Mateja Kezman and Ricardo Carvlaho Mourinho’s Chelsea romped to their first domestic title in 50 years with a record Premier League points haul of 95 and an unsurpassed defensive record of just 15 goals conceded.

The Blues also won the League Cup that season and again reached the last four of the Champions League. The next season Chelsea successfully defended their title Barclays Premier League title. The Portuguese manager parted company with the Stamford Bridge outfit in September 2007. Mourinho’s Premier League record at Chelsea read: Won 120, Drew 25, Lost 10, with a win percentage of 71%.

Mourinho has since gone on to win league titles in Italy with Inter Milan and Spain with Real Madrid, claiming a second Champions League crown in 2010 as Inter became the first Italian club to win the treble of Serie A title, Coppa Italia and European Cup.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember Chelsea's appointment of a 'Special One'