“Please don’t call me arrogant, because what I’m saying is true. I’m European champion and I think I am a special one.”
Mourinho’s braggadocio swagger off the field came to be matched by his team on it. Chelsea swept all before them en route to a first league triumph in 50 years in 2004/05, setting a string of records in the process – including the most points in a season, and the fewest goals conceded.
A season later, they were champions again.
Mourinho had arrived with a message. And his squad had responded, emphatically. Chelsea, like their manager, were champions. They were indeed special.