Mourinho: I am number one

2010-12-24 10:10

Rome - Jose Mourinho said on Thursday he deserved to be named coach of the year and not Spain's World Cup winning coach Vicente del Bosque.

The ever immodest 47-year-old Real Madrid coach told the 'Gazzetta dello sport' that he firmly believed he had achieved more in 2010 when he was in charge of Inter Milan than the Spanish handler, who delivered Spain their first world title when they beat the Netherlands 1-0 in July's final.

"Me, I've made my choice. 11 months work, 57 matches played, three titles including the most important of all, 'THE' tournament, the Champions League (plus the Italian Cup and the Italian league title)," said Mourinho, who left Inter for Real in the summer.

"I have won everything, I could not do any more than that, equally so for the players."

Mourinho, whose successor as coach of Inter Rafael Benitez was sacked on Thursday, also defended his Dutch playmaker at Inter Wesley Sneijder, who was not even nominated for the Ballon d'Or, an award which according to Gazzetta will go to Barcelona's Spanish playmaker Andres Iniesta.

Sneijder to many people's amazement including that of UEFA president Michel Platini was not even on the shortlist despite his inspirational play for Inter last term and then outstanding performances for the Dutch at the World Cup.

"If the winner is Iniesta, who unhappily was not able to play for the first five months of the year because of injury, but after that played six matches and scored a goal in South Africa (the winner in the World Cup final), then anything can happen in the year of a World Cup final and the rest counts for nothing," said Mourinho, whose only serious reverse this year was the 5-0 hammering by Barcelona in their first 'clasico' meeting of the season at the end of November.

"I can understand if there was a debate if the trophies were shared, but when one has won everything!

"What can one say? I would prefer to win the match on Sunday than the Ballon d'Or," he added.

The Ballon D'Or will be announced in Zurich on January 10.


  • Michael - 2010-12-24 11:01

    I'm sure Barcelona can think of 5 good reasons why Murinho is not the best coach. ;0)

      vernon.williams99 - 2010-12-24 11:24

      He Did win everything presented to him as a Club Coach and also comfortably beat Guardiola at the San Siro in the Champions leg first leg last season and this is based on exploits in the '09/'10 season more so than the world cup(which cannot be ignored i agree,but to a lesser extend be considered).

      naphy - 2010-12-24 16:25

      Ah but he also got that whooping at Camp Nou earlier in season in the group stages but he returned with would be champions didn't he?!

  • vernon.williams99 - 2010-12-24 11:21

    Being a club coach requires alot more consitency than an International coach, based on the facts presented by him - games played and trophies won and more importantly the "Sneijder" factor compared to Iniesta... Mourinho has more than a case...FIFA of late and now indirectly UEFA(Platini's surprise at Wes' ommission) seriously absolutely have to review how they do things. And before the "critics" start bashing me...I'm in awe of Iniesta and Del Bosque...

  • Clive - 2010-12-24 11:25

    Despite the 5-0 drubbing 2 weeks ago, Mourinho is pretty much on top of his game.

  • Bob - 2010-12-24 11:57

    You gotta like the guy, he is badly missed in the English Premiership, what a character, I would be more then happy to see him replace my teams manager WOY.

  • naphy - 2010-12-24 16:28

    Mou is the best by miles, it's a very distant second for whomever is supposed to be number 2. Sneijder not getting a nod is a joke, Iniesta was not better than him last season.

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