Former Real Madrid, Inter Milan, FC Porto and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed he is no longer as abrasive, hot tempered or disruptive as he used to be when he was younger and in his previous clubs, saying he can afford to not think about football when he is at home nowadays.
In a new interview with France Football to be released Tuesday, Man U manager Mourinho also spelled out his belief that no one team in England can be fully dominant as EPL clubs are now more financially independent.
“Mourinho the man tries to be the opposite of what the manager is,” he said. “He tries to be discreet and calm. To find a way to disconnect. I can go home and not watch a football match, not think about football. I can do that. At the start of my career, I couldn’t. I was switched on 24 hours a day. I had to find a kind of maturity. Today I feel comfortable with my personality as a man.
“I’ve matured, I’m more at peace. A win no longer represents the moon to me, and a defeat no longer means hell. And I think I can transmit that serenity to the people who work with me, my players. I have the same ambitions as before, the same involvement and the same professionalism. But I am more in control of my emotions.”
“You have to adapt to a club’s reality, needs and demands,” he said. “That means being intelligent … the priority is to establish relationships of love and peace in a group, to create stability. Manchester United no longer has the super personalities that were Giggs, Scholes or Roy Keane.
“Rooney and Carrick are still here and they are the last remnants of that generation, and then there is a new group of players that has to adapt. That’s why it was important for me to bring in Zlatan [Ibrahimovic]. In this team, and without being English and knowing the culture of the club, he had the personality and profile to be more than just a player.”
“In England the clubs are so powerful economically that the market is open to everyone,” he said. “Take the example of Bayern in Germany. Do you know when they start winning the title every year? The previous summer, when they buy Borussia Dortmund’s best player! Götze, then Lewandowski the following year, then Hummels last year.
“Me, I came to a club with a great and prestigious history but that can no longer have things all its own way. No club in England, whether that be Man United, Liverpool or Manchester City, can dominate forever. Power is divided. Everything is harder: buying, winning, building.”
“At Inter, I was like a fish in water in that respect. I had Materazzi, Cordoba, Ibrahimovic, Milito, Thiago Motta … guys who were ready to follow me everywhere. It’s a different thing to work in a club where players don’t have the same profile. So before heading in any direction, the first thing you have to do is understand the people with whom you are working.”