Jose Mourinho has described Chelsea’s season as ‘really bad’ and insists the London club’s campaign could only be described as great by someone with ‘the philosophy of a loser’.
The former Chelsea boss was speaking before his successor Avram Grant was sacked, but was critical of the 52-year-old Israeli’s short stint in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho, when asked if the season had been a good one as depicted by Grant, told The Observer: ‘That depends on your philosophy of leadership.
‘In my philosophy it was a very bad one because in football ‘almost’ means defeat and Chelsea almost won the Carling Cup, almost won the Champions League and almost won the Premier League. Almost is nothing.
‘After two titles per season for the last three years there were zero titles this season, which in my philosophy means a really bad season. Maybe in the philosophy of a loser this was a great season, which I respect.’
Mourinho admitted to being ‘very sad’ at Chelsea’s defeat in Moscow to Manchester United, adding that the supporters, the board and many of the players ‘deserve more’.
However, he sounded a note of optimism, adding: ‘I believe that after an empty season new success will come to Chelsea. And I will always be a Chelsea supporter.’
This interview was granted in May, 2008, at the end of 2007/08 season. It will surely go down as one of Jose’s special moments with the press.