Mour­inho: Now you can call me the Peace­ful One

Daily Mail - - Football - by CHRIS WHEELER

HIS re­cent be­hav­iour might sug­gest oth­er­wise, but Jose Mour­inho be­lieves he is more ‘peace­ful’ than the fire­brand coach who ar­rived in English foot­ball in 2004.

Mour­inho’s claims that Manch­ester United have ‘lots of en­e­mies’ con­spir­ing to in­crease the fix­ture bur­den on his play­ers will be fa­mil­iar to those who have fol­lowed his ca­reer closely.

How­ever, the 54-year-old in­sists that he has ma­tured over the years and is now able to con­trol his emo­tions and switch off from foot­ball bet­ter than be­fore.

Those who saw a man­ager who has al­ready been sent off twice this sea­son charg­ing down the tun­nel in tri­umph at Mid­dles­brough on Sun­day may take a dif­fer­ent view. So too the club of­fi­cials on the re­ceiv­ing end of Mour­inho’s fury when the team’s re­turn jour­ney from Chelsea was dis­rupted last week. But in an in­ter­view with France

Foot­ball, the Por­tuguese coach in­sists that he is very dif­fer­ent to his pub­lic per­sona.

He said: ‘Mour­inho the man tries to be the op­po­site of what the man­ager is. He tries to be dis­creet, calm. Finds the way to dis­con­nect. I can go home and not watch a foot­ball game or think foot­ball. I can do it. At the be­gin­ning of my ca­reer, I could not. I was con­stantly con­nected 24 hours a day.

‘I had to find a form of ma­tu­rity. To­day, I feel good with my per­son­al­ity as a man. I have ma­tured, I am more peace­ful.

‘A vic­tory no longer rep­re­sents the moon, and a de­feat hell. I be­lieve that I am able to trans­mit this seren­ity to those who work with me, to my play­ers.

‘I have the same am­bi­tions as be­fore. The same in­volve­ment, the same pro­fes­sion­al­ism. But I’m more in con­trol of my emo­tions.’

Mour­inho ac­cepts that Premier League clubs can no longer buy suc­cess, as was per­haps the case when he first joined Ro­man Abramovich’s Chelsea.

‘In Eng­land, clubs are so eco­nom­i­cally pow­er­ful that the market is open to all,’ he said. ‘I ar­rived at a club who have a great and pres­ti­gious his­tory. But no club in Eng­land can be dom­i­nant per­ma­nently.

‘Power has di­vided. Ev­ery­thing is more dif­fi­cult: buy, win, build. You have to adapt to the re­al­ity of the club.

‘Manch­ester United no longer have the su­per per­son­al­i­ties that were the Ryan Giggs, Paul Sc­holes or Roy Keane.

‘That’s why it was im­por­tant for me to get Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic. He had — with­out be­ing English, and with­out know­ing the club’s cul­ture — the per­son­al­ity and pro­file to be more than just a player.’

United’s fix­ture prob­lems will con­tinue fol­low­ing the in­ter­na­tional break af­ter it was con­firmed that the re-ar­ranged Manch­ester derby will take place at the Eti­had on Thurs­day, April 27.

They will play seven Premier League games in April in ad­di­tion to the Europa League tie against An­der­lecht.

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