Mourinho of the same: stubborn Jose isn’t so special any more

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Mourinho of the same: stubborn Jose isn’t so special any more

After once going nine years without a home league defeat, why is Mourinho kicking so many own goals?

Jeremy Wilson

There is a lot of focus on win percentages in football, but the statistic that best illustrated Jose Mourinho’s extraordinary past success was the reverse. It was the loss percentage. Amazingly, he once went nine years and more than 150 games, spanning spells at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, without tasting defeat in a home league match.

During his tenures at those clubs between 2002 and 2013, his loss percentage hovered with remarkable consistency between a miserly 11% and 14% of all fixtures.

They won plenty, too, but with a physical and supremely drilled counterattacking philosophy, the foundation for any Mourinho team was that they were, to use his words in Tottenham Hotspur’s recent All or Nothing documentary, “an intelligent bunch of c****” to play against...

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