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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 June, 2004, 11:07 GMT 12:07 UK
What Mourinho said
A selection of the best quotes from Jose Mourinho's first news conference as Chelsea manager.

Jose Mourinho
Mourinho on what he intends to do at Chelsea:
To give my best, to improve things and to create the football team in relation to my image and my football philosophy.

Mourinho on who he will be buying:
I would say if all the names you wrote in the last few days are correct we would have a 50-player squad and I hate to work with big squads.

I want a small squad - 21 players plus the goalkeepers and no more.

Mourinho on next season's Champions League:
It will be the strongest Champions League ever. Every shark will be there.

Other teams think like we think in Europe and in English football - they share our ambition - but I don't want self protection from them.

Mourinho on Chelsea's credentials:
We have top players and, sorry if I'm arrogant, we have a top manager.

Players don't win you trophies, teams win trophies
Mourinho on his ambitions for next season:
The biggest ambition I have is to win the first Premiership match on 14 August.

Mourinho, when pressed, on his other ambitions for the season:
The second ambition is to win the second Premiership match on 21 August and we will keep going like this.

Mourinho on being a modern day football manager:
I have loved football since I can remember and I understand the evolution of football and the modern needs of football.

I'm not a defender of old or new football managers. I believe in good ones and bad ones, those that achieve success and those that don't.

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

Porto supporters know what I am and what I give and nobody can erase what I did at the club

Mourinho on Claudio Ranieri's opinion that he may struggle to make the jump from Portuguese football to Premiership:
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.

Mourinho on which of Chelsea's players he has been impressed with:
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.

Jose Mourinho
Mourinho pulled no punches in his first news conference
Mourinho on his low-key reaction after winning the Champions League:
Since I was linked with a departure from FC Porto I had to live with some pressures I was not used to. I had to change my life and the life of my wife and kids. At the end of the match I was more worried about them than being in celebrations.

Porto supporters know what I am and what I give and nobody can erase what I did at the club. And my players know what I am and that after that match I was the proudest manager in the world.

Mourinho on leaving Porto:
I have to pay my tribute to Porto. It is an amazing club, has amazing players, the board was fantastic, the supporters are incredible how they support the team.

But they have to understand my wish, my desire, my dream to go to a different challenge.

I hope everything goes well for them. If I meet them in the Champions League it will be the only time I wish them to lose.

It was a wonderful story but the story has to end.

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