3 Astonishing Jose Mourinho predictions which came true
Jose Mourinho is one of the most controversial managers in world football. He has courted drama, humor and been at everyone's lips throughout his career. The Portuguese has also made a reputation for himself by engaging in mind games.
His teams have not been famous for playing beautiful football, but rather getting the results. True to that, he has lifted league titles in England, Italy, Spain and Portugal. He is also a two-time UEFA Champions League winner.
Mourinho has never been one to shy away from speaking his mind. In fact, he proclaimed himself as the 'Special One' in one of his first press conferences after arriving at Chelsea. It is a name that has been synonymous with the Portuguese manager. There has been no stopping him when in his element. He would tear into other managers, teams, opposition players and his own team.
He has never believed in a soft style of management. His way of dealing with an under-performing player is to publicly criticize them in the media. It is a safe bet to say that the Premier League and world football at large are better with him in it.
As said before, he truly has not had any restraints when it comes to speaking out. Some have called him arrogant, others proud and some see him as a football genius. In the past, he has correctly predicted footballing events that shockingly came to pass. Love him or hate him, Mourinho will continue making the headlines.
#3 Arsenal result
Last season, Manchester United finished second in the Premier League behind rivals Manchester City. In the final seven matches, Mourinho was doing a quick breakdown of his team's goals and chances of finishing in the top four. He highlighted the number of wins needed to be guaranteed of Champions League football this season and also what it would take to finish second as City were already out of reach.
Interestingly, he mentioned the teams he would face in that period and boldly said that United would "obviously not lose (to Arsenal)" in an April match at Old Trafford. Given his experience, he already foresaw Arsenal focusing on the Europa League as a ticket back into the Champions League and thus would field a weakened team for the tie. This came to pass as Arsenal Wenger made wholesome changes to the squad. United eventually won the match 2-1.