There is a reason why Jose Mourinho is known to the world as the “special one”. The Portuguese manager has one of the most illustrious coaching resumes ever and is still considered a relatively young manager.
Mourinho has won league titles everywhere, La Liga in Spain, the English Premier League, the Serie A of Italy and Liga Zon Sagres of Portugal. Mourinho also has won the Champions League twice, first with Portuguese side Porto defeating Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United to capture the crown, then he won with Italian giants Inter Milan defeating Pep Guardiola and possibly the best club side ever Barcelona in 2010.
Mourinho is a master tactician as well as a true manager of egos and personalities. He has coached Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mario Balotelli and Samuel Eto’o, all known to be divas, narcissist and egotistical superstars with immense talent. Yet somehow, Mourinho managed to tame them and get the best out of them. Mourinho never waivers in his beliefs; he is a no nonsense coach who challenges his top players to be the best and expects everyone to buy into his tactical philosophy or they get shipped out.
Mourinho has made countless players better, particularly attacking midfielders with talent who in the past have not been known for their defensive acumen. Players such as Wesley Sneijder, Mesut Ozil and now Juan Mata, they all have had there doubts in the beginning but have become grateful towards Mourinho in the end.
Mourinho is known for his 4-2-3-1 formation that many have adopted because they have seen the success Mourinho has had over the years with it. Mourinho’s tactics are based on being defensively sound and deadly on the counterattack. What separates Mourinho from other managers is his willingness to change formations throughout the game and take off a defender and put a striker on and go for the win.
The game against Cardiff City this Saturday was another example of his tactical genius as he knew a draw against the Wales based club would be an unacceptable result. At a tie game in the 63rd minute, Mourinho substituted leftback Ryan Bertrand for striker Fernando Torres and Chelsea ended up scoring three unanswered goals.
Mourinho seems to always make the right tactical decisions, the right substitutions and push the right buttons with his players. When he is finally done coaching, he may go down as the greatest manager ever. He may even take Portugal to World Cup glory one day; it wouldn’t surprise anyone if he did that’s for certain.