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Every Time Jose Mourinho Has Spoken About Celtic

Every Time Jose Mourinho Has Spoken About Celtic

Jose Mourinho is the latest name to be linked with a move to Celtic.

According to reports in Italy over the weekend, the Hoops have actually offered the out-of-work Portuguese manager their job for the summer.

That would be a huge move considering Mourinho most recently managed Manchester United and counts Real Madrid, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Porto as his other former clubs.

It would also be surprising given the money it would take to tempt Mourinho, who reportedly earned £24.2million per year at United in his previous role.

Everything points towards Mourinho not being Celtic manager – but we can all dream right?

Here we look at all the times Mourinho has spoken about Celtic in his career:

April 2003 – Before UEFA Cup Final

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Celtic associate Mourinho with their 2003 UEFA Cup Final defeat to Porto – and rightly so. The Portuguese manager led Porto to victory there before going on to win the Champions League a year later. Many remember the antics of many Porto players in frustrating Celtic, drawing soft fouls and feigning injury regularly throughout the final. Still, Mourinho spoke positively about the Hoops pre-match.

Per theguardian.com, Mourinho said: “It will be great if Porto win and I will be very happy, but maybe if Celtic win it will be because they deserve it.

“The way in which they got to the final by beating Blackburn, Celta Vigo and Stuttgart made it much more difficult for them to arrive in the final than Porto.

“I think it is a wonderful moment for everybody and for Celtic and we would want the final to be played tomorrow and not the 21st if that was possible.”

May 2003 – After UEFA Cup Final

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Speaking immediately after the 3-2 win for Porto, Mourinho was less positive about Celtic and their approach to playing the game.

Per bbc.co.uk, Mourinho said: “I’d prefer to ask whether the behaviour of the Celtic players was normal in your country.

“What Balde did to Deco in front of me could have ended his career.

“The referee didn’t affect the result, in that there were no doubtful decisions, but I think Balde could have had a direct red for his foul and Thompson could also have seen a second yellow card on two occasions.

“The referee wanted to end the game with 11 against 11 and I think maybe he was a bit afraid to send anyone off.

“There was a lot of commitment in Celtic’s game, commitment, toughness and aggression. I’m tempted to use another word – but I won’t.”

June 2003 – Remembering Seville

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Per thecelticwiki.com, Mourinho said: “I fell a bit in love with Celtic, because the atmosphere was amazing and the crowd was magnificent, the way they behaved with the Porto fans.”

July 2004 – After a Chelsea Friendly With Celtic

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Mourinho had some supportive words for Martin O’Neill as the then Celtic manager dealt with his wife suffering from illness.

Per theguardian.com, he said: “I have a lot of respect for Celtic and also for Martin O’Neill. I feel very sorry for him and what is happening to him. I hope he gets over it.”

May 2008 – Looking Back on the UEFA Cup Final

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Mourinho hasn’t forgotten how significant that day in Seville was.

Per thecelticwiki.com, he said: “When I was at Porto my team also played in the UEFA Cup final against a Scottish side – but it was Celtic. I’ve never seen such emotional people. It was unbelievable!”

February 2014 – Doesn’t Rule Out Celtic Job

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Apparently Mourinho was asked about taking the Celtic job in 2014 and had an interesting response.

Per metro.com, he said: “You never know what can happen in football.”

June 2015 – Kevin Bridges Shares Mourinho Exclusive

Kevin Bridge’s played in Soccer Aid while Mourinho was manager in 2014 and managed to get some time with the Portuguese coach while on the bus to the game.

Per an interview with Graham Hunter, Bridges said: “On the bus up from London to Manchester – we played at Old Trafford – I sat beside Mourinho and it turned into a bit of a Q&A. I asked him about Seville and he said he’d never seen men so dead on their feet as that night, in the Andalusian heat during extra time.

“Then he rattled off the whole Celtic team, he’s going ‘Joos Valgaeren, Mjallby, Bobo Balde – and he said that one with a bit of a tone in his voice – and he said that when they’d got the third goal, and we’d lost Bobo, he told his players to get the ball, stay down, recover, and just kill the game.

“He said his players were just as tired as the Celtic players. It was tough to listen to. He also said ‘Neil Lennon, in the middle, like a fucking dog. Barking all the time.’ His assistant Rui Faria said it was such an emotional night because that was the first big thing they’d won together. Their first European trophy.”

February 2019 – Recalls UEFA Cup Final Again

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Mourinho again spoke about the UEFA Cup Final earlier this year. He told how the game was the biggest win of his career.

Per msn.com, Mourinho said: “That Final against Celtic was not the biggest win, it was not the greatest joy, but in terms of intensity it was my biggest ever game.

“The game ended and I thought ‘the game is over and I am dead.’ It’s still the most tense game in my career.

“I’ve played three European finals since, two in the Champions League. I’ve won a lot of titles, been involved in so many incredible games.

“But in terms of living with tension, intensity, with emotion raised to the limit, that game against Celtic beat them all.”

March 2019 – Speaking About Brendan Rodgers’ Exit to Leicester

Celtic fans – do you think Mourinho will become your next manager?

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