Jose Mourinho and Stamford Bridge – a story in pictures
Jose Mourinho and Stamford Bridge have a long history. There’s always been a certain idiosyncrasy about Mourinho, and Stamford Bridge has always been part of it.
When Mourinho joined Chelsea in 2004, he inherited a side that had made it all the way to the semi final of the Champions League the season previous – but that was the year he himself won the competition with Porto. A final with Chelsea in 2004 would have been fitting, but it wouldn’t have been at Stamford Bridge. There is just a certain draw to that stadium.
In his first game as Chelsea boss, Mourinho beat Manchester United 1-0. And now he returns to Stamford Bridge for only the second time as an opposition manager – the first was in 2010 with Inter Milan. Mourinho couldn’t win the Champions League with another club without paying King’s Road a visit along the way.
But they say that a picture is worth one thousand words, and when it comes to the story of Mourinho and Stamford Bridge, that is certainly true.
These are the images that paint the picture of the Special One’s relationship with Stamford Bridge so far.