Best quotes from Jose Mourinho’s first Chelsea press conference 17 years on

On this day 17 years ago, Jose Mourinho announced himself to the world with his first Chelsea press conference.

The Portuguese boss arrived at Stamford Bridge on June 2, 2004, having led Porto to a Primeira Liga and Champions League double the previous season to become Roman Abramovich’s No.1 target.

What followed was a period of dominance for the Blues, winning six major honours including two Premier League titles and an FA Cup.

It set him up for titles at Inter Milan, Real Madrid, a second stint at Chelsea and Manchester United.

While he struggled at Tottenham and faces a new challenge with Roma, Mourinho has maintained his allure for excitement and controversy on the touchlines.

The fuse was lit during that first press conference, so Daily Star Sport have taken a look back through the transcript for the most memorable quotes.

‘The Special One’

As Mourinho sat down in his navy suit with a light-blue shirt and a confident but relaxed look on his face, the then-41-year-old was asked about his credentials.

And his memorable reply was: “We have top players and, sorry if I'm arrogant, we have a top manager.

“Please don't call me arrogant, but I'm European champion and I think I'm a special one.”

That self-imposed title was the headline across the nationals the following day and has lasted throughout his managerial career of 25 major titles.

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The attack on Ranieri

Someone had to make way for Mourinho’s – and that man was Claudio Ranieri.

The Italian had been in charge for four years but failed to win a single trophy, leaving the new Russian billionaire owner Abramovich with an easy choice.

It saw the sacked boss question his replacements ability, sparking a fierce reply from Mourinho.

He said: “I heard that and I suggest if one of you is Mr Ranieri's friend or has his number you should call him and explain to him that for a team to win the European Cup it has to beat many teams from many countries.

"I did not win the cup playing against 20 Portuguese teams. I played and beat a team from his own country, Italy, from your country and the one he was working in, England.

"And to win the Uefa Cup that was the same kind of thing."

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The ‘philosophy’ of Mourinho

Mourinho would be backed by Abramovich that summer with a £100m war chest to bring in talents such as Didier Drogba, Petr Cech and Arjen Robben.

When asked what the Portuguese boss wanted to achieve, he replied: “To give my best, to improve things and to create the football team in relation to my image and my football philosophy.

“The biggest ambition I have is to win the first Premiership match on 14 August.”

And that saw the new Blues boss show his prophetic side, going on to win that game against United 1-0 in front of the home crowd to start an 86-game unbeaten home run.

The ruthlessness of team management

‘The Special One’ has never been afraid of upsetting players, enduring public fallouts with Cristiano Ronaldo, Mario Balotelli and Kevin de Bruyne.

But this was a message Mourinho made clear 17 years ago, saying: “I’m a great defender of team spirit and team work and the first thing I have to promise to my new players is that I will look at them all with the same eyes.

"I don't want special relations with one of them. I hate to speak about individuals. Players don't win you trophies, teams win trophies, squads win trophies.

"I cannot say I love this player, but generally I love the players who love to win. Not only the ones that love to win in 90 minutes but love to win every day, in every training session and in all of their lives."

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