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'Do You Read Hegel?' - Mourinho's Press Conference Takes Bizarre Turn

Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton
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José Mourinho has this afternoon delivered yet another strange press conference in which he took swipes at Tottenham and Liverpool, while also labelling himself as "one of the greatest managers in the world."

Speaking in the build up to Manchester United's clash with Burnley, Mourinho was in a prickly mood from the outset.

When asked about how it felt to be in charge of one of the biggest clubs in the world, he was not humble in his response.

I am the manager of one of the greatest clubs in the world but I am also one of the greatest managers in the world.

He also did not react well to a question which asked if his time at United would still be considered a success if he failed to deliver a title, the former-Chelsea boss responded by quoting a German philosopher and questioning some of his top four rivals.

Did you read any philosopher or in your information you never spent time reading Hegel? Just as an example Hegel says the truth is in the whole, is always in the whole…

Do you ask that question to the manager that finished third in the Premier League or fourth? To the manager who finished fifth.


Mourinho has had a number of jibes directed towards Jürgen Klopp in recent times, and this continued here.

He stated that Klopp never wins anything, while then going on to list the many success he himself has accomplished.

Because he never win anything in international for example…

I tell you what I think, how he feels. And I answer you the question. That's easy. I had last season great success. I had great success last season that's what you probably don't want to admit. I analyse my performance, myself and for me is more important what I think than what you think.

I repeat that two seasons ago we had a fantastic season by winning the Europa League, this season and last everybody thought Atletico Madrid was amazing because they won the Europa League after being knocked out of the Champions League.

We won Europa League because that was our level. We are the last team in England to win a European trophy. And last season, I repeat, I won eight titles, I am the only manager in the world that won in Italy, Spain and England and by winning eight titles - not small titles or countries - my second position last season is one of my greatest achievements in football.

This season has been a tough one so far for the Portuguese man and his team.

They suffered a 3-2 defeat away to Brighton, while also shipping three second half goals on Monday night in a 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham.

That result was met with jeers of 'you're not special anymore' from the travelling Spurs support, but Mourinho was quick to remind them of another one of his accomplishments.


Yeah, but they didn’t have that song when we beat them at Wembley a couple of months ago, that final they had a big dream to go, a title they had a big dream to win, because they don’t win many. In that night at Wembley the United fans were singing the special one and of course they were not singing that.

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