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José Mourinho: "The European Cup is the real 'Special One'"

"When we won at the Bernabéu [against Manchester City], I got a text message from Didier Drogba: 'Cristiano is the second player who had you celebrating a goal on your knees, who was the first?'"


José Mourinho gave an interview to 'Sky Sports' after becoming the fifth coach to complete 100 games in the Champions League. Mourinho achieved the milestone during Real Madrid's 1-1 draw with Manchester City, which meant Madrid qualified for the knock out stages of the Champions League.

The Portuguese revealed that the Champions League which he won with Inter Milan was the best moment of his career, and said that the real 'Special One' was the European Cup, the trophy which everyone at Madrid will do anything to win.

Winning Madrid's 10th European Cup: "You always want to win, you always want to bring happiness to your people, to your club. Madrid look for the 10th title, which is an impressive figure. I am seeking a third with a different club, which would be very special to me, but ambitions are calm and controlled, and we will succeed. The European Cup is the 'Special One'."

Costinho's goal for Porto against Manchester United: "We scored in the last minute and I ran the length of the pitch of Old Trafford because we were on our way out and this goal put us through, and after that we played against Deportivo and Monaco. I still have the jacket I wore that day, but I will never wear it again because it was such a great moment."

His way of celebrating winning trophies: "When I won the Champions League with Porto the next day was another day in my life. I don't like to celebrate because I always think it will not be the last, that there is another just around the corner. So I won, I kissed the Cup and I went home."

His nickname 'The Special One': "I could not imagine that it would have such an impact and that was the beginning of a nickname that I have been known by for many years. It does not bother me. It is a consequence of my words, I cannot fault anyone for using that name. I said those words from the depths of my heart. I felt I could really have an impact in England, I could do something special. It was a funny moment, in a good way. I still like those pictures alongside Peter Kenyon, because we were young and it was a great time."

His wild celebration at the Camp Nou when Drogba scored: "When we won at the Bernabéu [3-2 again Manchester City], I got into the dressing room and checked my phone. I called my wife because she never knows the results and then I got a text message from Didier Drogba: 'Cristiano is the second player who had you celebrating a goal on your knees, who was the first?'"

Losing to Bayern Munich in the semi-finals on penalties: "The next day is a new day, you can't cry for the whole week, you can't get depressed, you have to help your players, but when you stop and take time to think about it, this type of defeat, in a semi-final on penalties, really hurts."

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