Now called ‘Special One’ and with one of the most envied résumés in the world of football, coach José Mourinho owes much of his career success to two clubs in particular: Porto and Chelsea
The Dragons and the Blues meet in the first match of the series for the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. The two teams have in common the figure of Jose Mourinho as one of the most important coaches who went through both institutions.
At the beginning of his career as a professional coach, Mourinho arrived at Porto in 2002 and showed what he was capable of. From 2002 to 2004, the Portuguese dominated the league in his country, came to conquer Europe and also the world. With a team full of talents like Deco, Carlos Alberto, Ricardo Carvalho and Diego, the Porto transformed into a soccer machine.
It is not surprising, that in the period from 2002 to 2004, the Dragons won no less than six titles, including the Champions League de 2003/04 and the Intercontinental Club Cup, on Eleven Caldas of Colombia.
The Porto served as the basis for Portugal selection that captivated fans around the world between 2004 and 2006 by being runner-up in Europe and fourth in the world 2006.
After a brilliant time in Porto, Mourinho knew it was time for more important flights and decided to take responsibility for directing the Chelsea. At the time, the London team was receiving a strong financial contribution from Roman Abramovich, who had bought the club a year earlier and wanted to renovate it.
Depended on Mourinho make the dream come true, and he succeeded. The multi-champion coach with Porto he brought a ‘Portuguese entourage’ to England to help him prepare that team. The assistants accompanied him Baltemar Brito and André Villas-Boas, now coach, as well as the physical trainer Rui Faria and the goalkeeper fitness trainer Silvino.
The strong economic investment in reinforcements also guaranteed three more Portuguese in the workforce: Tiago, Ricardo Carvalho and Paulo Ferreira. Went with Mourinho that he Chelsea he won six titles in nearly three seasons.
The most emblematic of them was the Premier League of the 2004/05 season and that served to Chelsea end a 50-year drought without lifting the main national trophy.
Nowadays, Mourinho it’s in the Tottenham and continues to fight for his first title with the Spurs.