Mourinho was drafted to replace Claudio Ranieri in the hot seat in the Stamford Bridge in 2004. After instructing the intractable Porto side to the glory of the Champions League.

“Special” boss

John Terry admitted that he broke up in tears with his Chelsea team-mates after learning of Jose Mourinho’s sacking in 2007. Mourinho was drafted to replace Claudio Ranieri in the hot seat in the Stamford Bridge in 2004. After instructing the intractable Porto side to the glory of the Champions League. The Portuguese, as you know, dubbed himself “Special” at his first press conference for the Blues. And supported his comments, turning the team into a dominant force in English football. Chelsea, led by Mourinho, has won the Premier League return titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups. Setting new standards for excellence in terms of points and clean sheets in the process.

The “Father figure”

Unfortunately, Mourinho’s term of office ended abruptly after the disappointing start of the Blues campaign in 2007–08. Amid reports of consequences behind the scenes with the owner of billionaire Roman Abramovich. Terry recalls that emotions overcame him after he told that the “father figure” was leaving the club, and said that he and several others had begged the board of directors to cancel their decision. The ex-Chelsea defender told reporters: “We were all in tears. It was one of those moments when there were whispers around, we didn’t perform as well, we didn’t do so well in the league, and then he came and said: “So, I got fired.” We thought, “Where are we going from here?” We had someone like a father figure guiding us.

He was the best manager

“We talked to the board of directors and said:” Listen, we want him to stay, can we not get him back? It is a rash decision; he is the best we have worked with. “Unfortunately, they made their decision. But yes, there were full-blown men in absolute tears.” He was so demanding on the group, and he sometimes pushed us to our borders. Terry added about Mourinho’s unique connection with the entire Chelsea squad: “Would you be sitting there at 8 pm in the evening and you would get a message from him: “How’s Toni and the children? Tell Georgie and Summer I love them! How is school going? I thought, my God, I have never had such a thing from a manager.

“I would sit next to the Lamps and say: “Lamps, I received a message from the manager last night, “thinking that I am special. The Lamps would say: ‘Yes, so did I”, and Didier would say the same thing! “Every time I’ll get a message, photo, or video from him, just saying hello to the children. My kids adore him. And this is because of his connection, which people probably don’t see from the outside world.”