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up the team
shirt as he poses
at the start of a
coach of Chelsea
for the second
time. (AP PHOTO)
LONDON---With the bravado toned down and the
swagger subdued, Jose Mourinho presented himself
as the "Happy One" yesterday and promised a
calmer second spell as Chelsea manager.
Facing the media for the first time since returning
to Stamford Bridge, the 50-year-old Mourinho
stressed he is "calmer" figure transformed from the
fiery incarnation who hastily left six years ago.
"I am better able to manage my emotions, calmer
in victory, less depressed in defeat," Mourinho told
more than 200 reporters inside Stamford Bridge.
"I m humble," he added. "Sometimes it doesn t
look like I am, but I am."
When Mourinho was first hired by Chelsea in
2004, he described himself as a "Special One," and
immediately produced two Premier League titles.
On Monday, he simply declared: "I am the Happy
The Portuguese feels like he is back among friends,
having spent recent months declaring his enduring
affection for Chelsea as fans demanded for his return
while jeering interim manager Rafa Bentiez.
"It s the first time I arrive in a club where I already
love the club," Mourinho said.
Any bold declarations of intent were avoided in
the glare of dozens of flashbulbs. The main mission
is simply to qualify for the Champions League by
securing a top-four Premier League finish. The tro-
phies come next.
No longer is the Champions League the priority,
after European football s top prize was finally delivered
in 2012 by Roberto Di Matteo---one of seven managers
at Chelsea since Mourinho s three-year reign ended
"We are ready to work together and (have) much
better conditions this time to succeed and have what
this club wants, which is stability," Mourinho said.
"Stability" was a word repeated several times
during a 50-minute exchange with the media, and
Mourinho has a four-year contract to back it up.
There also appeared to be a partial re-writing of
history yesterday over the terms of his split with
owner Roman Abramovich in 2007.
"I read ... we had a complete break of relationships.
That was not true," Mourinho said. "Many people
didn t believe in that, but it was mutual agreement.
At the time we thought it was best for both of us---
me and the club. It was a sad moment."
The Chelsea statement in September 2007, however,
emphasised that the "relationship between the club
and Jose had broken down."
Mourinho insisted that he is back at Chelsea not
because he was overlooked for jobs at the Manchester
United or Manchester City.
was offered," Mourinho said.
Mourinho has spent the intervening years at Inter
Milan and Real Madrid, the last of which ended
earlier this month following a three-season reign
after falling out with the team s fans and parts of
Responding to claims by Barcelona star Andres
Iniesta that his combative managerial style harmed
La Liga, Mourinho said: "I damaged Spanish football
by being the manager that broke Barcelona s dom-
Chelsea offers Mourinho the platform to re-estab-
lish his supremacy in management after a trophyless
final season at Madrid.
Mourinho led Chelsea to its first league title in 50
years in 2005 and then successfully defended it the
following season, while also winning the FA Cup
and two League Cups.
"I want to be respected for what I did in the past
for this club, but I want to be loved for what I can
do from now," he said. "The club knows my mentality,
my nature, and the fans can be sure I come here to
give my best and to try and reach success."
Mourinho failed to win the Champions League so
cherished by Abramovich during his first stint at
But Europe s top prize, which Mourinho won at
FC Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010, was deliv-
ered to Chelsea by Di Matteo.
"(The) Champions League cannot be an obsession
for me because I was happy to win it twice," Mourinho
said. "I don t think it s an obsession for Chelsea
because Chelsea has won it." (AP)
'Happy One' Mourinho
wants to create stability
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