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Jose Mourinho is statistically the most successful manager in the world game today. Despite having won titles in all the 4 countries that he has managed in and has also two Champions League winners medals, to his credit, the Portuguese manager has always been keen to learn from those around him – even if it was one of his most fiercest of rivals in English football.
Having learned his trade at the Technical University of Lisbon and then under the great Bobby Robson at Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Barcelona, the sometimes divisive manager continues to strive to be the best coach he can possibly be.
In an exclusive interview with Jose Mourinho, The Telegraph Newspaper gained an insight into why he admires Sir Alex Ferguson more than most.
The two men first met as managers in 2004, when Porto knocked Manchester United out of the Champions League. “That was when I felt the two faces of such a big man,” Mourinho says. “The first face was the competitor, the man that tried everything to win. And after that I found the man with principles, with the respect for the opponent, with the fair play – I found these two faces in that period, and that was very important for me.
“In my culture, the Portuguese and the Latin culture, we don’t have that culture of the second face; we are in football to win and when we don’t there is not a second face most of the time. But when we beat United in the Champions League I got that beautiful face of a manager which I try to have myself. I try.”
Read More: The Telegraph