Mourinho's all time greatest XI
News recently broke that Jose Mourinho has taken a job working in the Qatari media, potentially a sign that he will not be returning immediately to management. His stock is at an all-time low following dismal results at Manchester United.
However, his achievements cannot be understated. In his 15 years at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, and even United, Mourinho won trophy after trophy, working with (and having a huge influence on) some of the greatest to ever play the game.
Here is perhaps the finest XI that can be made from players who played for Mourinho.
Goalkeeper: David de Gea
With the announcement of his impending retirement, this could be an opportunity to celebrate the undoubtedly impressive career of Petr Cech, and the years he spent under Mourinho.
However, more recently, Mourinho worked with a contender for the finest keeper of this century. It is an uncomfortable exercise to ask a Manchester United fan to imagine the last six years without David de Gea. A lock-in for Player of the Season at United every year, de Gea continued to show his quality under Mourinho, denying opponents to a demoralizing extent.
Right back: Javier Zanetti
Javier Zanetti is an automatic choice at right-back. Paulo Ferreira was a reliable first choice for several years at Porto and Chelsea, but he misses out to a genuine legend of the game, by any standard.
Zanetti filled in at full-back and across the midfield, spending the best part of twenty years with Inter. The most successful period of that time came with Mourinho at the helm. In two seasons, Mourinho and Zanetti won four trophies, including the incredible treble in 2010. The Argentinian played over 100 times in this period, as one of the key contributors to perhaps Mourinho's finest ever work.