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The Special One

15 Aug 2022

PL30: The Special One

On the Premier League's 30th anniversary, enjoy the story of one of its most iconic managers


The Special One

“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.” 

So began Jose Mourinho’s first press conference as Chelsea manager – and so began Chelsea’s time as a football powerhouse both in the Premier League and on the world stage. 

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, 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. 

Jose Mourinho, Chelsea, Premier League Trophy

Test your knowledge of Mourinho's Premier League career

Try our multiple-choice questions on the Portuguese manager's achievements in England.

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Jose Mourinho, Chelsea

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