José Mourinho – Defeated by a ‘Ghost Goal’

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Mourinho had won the title with a record number of points in his first season at Chelsea

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José Mourinho

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They reached the semi final of the Champions League but lost out to Liverpool. The match officials angered Mourinho when they allowed a ‘ghost goal’ from Luis Garcia to stand.

Milan Baros had been through on the Chelsea goal but goalkeeper, Petr Cech clattered in to him. The loose ball fell to Garcia whose shot was cleared by William Gallas. The referee judged that the ball had crossed the line and gave the goal.

Chelsea were furious that the goal counted. However, many people think he actually did Chelsea a favour because the alternative would have been to award Liverpool a penalty and send Cech off.

Four titles in a row

The following season Chelsea retained their title. They stayed top of the league for the whole season and clinched the title with a 3-0 over rivals Manchester United. It was Mourinho’s fourth domestic title in four years at FC Porto and Chelsea. However they had a disappointing Champions League campaign, losing to Barcelona in the first knockout round.

The following year was not so successful and the relationship between Mourinho and Abramovich started to seem strained when Andriy Shevchenko joined the club from AC Milan. It was widely suggested in the media that it was Abramovich rather than Mourinho who made the decision to sign the Ukrainian striker.

Mourinho accused Swedish referee, Anders Frisk, of meeting with Barcelona manager, Frank Rijkaard, at half time during a Champions League match. Frisk received death threats following Mourinho’s comments and retired from football.

Cracks appear at Chelsea

Although Shevchenko was a great player, he did not fit well into Mourinho’s style of play. He scored 14 goals in his first season but only four of them came in the league. Mourinho would often leave Shevchenko out of his team in favour of Drogba. This was often seen by the media as an act of defiance against Abramovich.

Chelsea won the FA Cup and League Cup but lost out in the title race to Manchester United. They also lost out in the semi finals of the Champions League to Liverpool for a second time in two years. This time Liverpool went through on penalties.

Mourinho leaves Chelsea

Chelsea had a slow start to the following season. They lost ground in the league and had some disappointing performances in the Champions League. This culminated in Mourinho leaving Chelsea in September 2007.

Although there had seemed to be problems for some time, it still was hugely surprising that Chelsea would let their most successful ever manager leave. Not only did he win five major trophies in three years he also set records along the way.

Chelsea won the most ever points in a Premier League season with 95, they conceded the fewest goals with only 15 and they went a record 66 home league games without defeat. The undefeated home record was still intact when Mourinho left.

Making a comeback with Internazionale

In June 2008, after eight months out of the game, Mourinho was named manager of Internazionale. He learnt Italian in three weeks and set about building on the success of his predecessor, Roberto Mancini.

In his first season, Inter won the Serie A title and the Italian Super Cup. However some fans were disappointed that they hadn’t done well in the Champions League. They struggled in the group, losing to Panathinaikos and only drawing against Anorthosis of Cyprus. They were eliminated in the first knock out round by Manchester United. Most successful ever season for an Italian club – Read more

Starting out in football
Porto win Champions League
Chelsea success and struggles
Treble winner with Inter
Real Madrid overcome Barcelona
Football’s Greatest Managers