Jose Mourinho proved once again that he is the ‘Special One’ after guiding Roma to their 1st ever European trophy by winning the Europa Conference League last season.
The Portuguese has now won 5 European competitions and the became the first manager ever to win all the UEFA European trophies in his career. In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, Jose Mourinho spoke about how coaching has changed football today while also talking about leadership and the Roma Renaissance.
“Well it’s my nature” – Jose Mourinho in his motivation to win
Speaking to Sky Sports about leadership, the 59-year-old said, “There have been changes in terms of leadership – it is about involvement now. Leadership means people have to follow you. And to follow you, they have to believe in you.”
“Normally they believe in you if they feel empathy, if they feel honesty. In my personal case as a leader, what that means to me, means exactly the responsibility of not letting your people down. You have to be with them and for them, all the time. They have to trust you.”
Speaking about coaching and how it has changed management today, Jose Mourinho said, “The game has changed over the last two decades. In terms of training and methodology we have many new different tools for analysing a game even from the bench.“
“Just to give you an example, some time ago you just had the fitness coach. Now you have the performance coach, the recovery coach, the individual coach, and you have the prevention coach. It is crazy. It has brought our work to an incredible dimension.”
“You have to deal with so many people with so different characters and egos now. You also need to cope with much more information than before. Sometimes I have to select the most important information because we simply can’t deal with everything.”
“I believe that is quite similar to the Formula One teams. During the race they have so much data that they have to be very selective. They cannot simply pass all the information to the driver.”