The Night That Made Mourinho - originally posted on Soccerlens.comEvery legacy has a starting point… and Jose Mourinho’s was on Tuesday, 9th March 2004.
That was the night his Porto side beat Manchester United 3-2 on aggregate in the last 16 of the Champions League. The night he ran down the touchline, arms flailing, celebrating a goal that didn’t just win a football match, it changed his life and, in time, the lives of football fans across Europe.
Perhaps his destiny was already sealed. But I don’t think so.
Because football is a game of ifs, and if Mourinho hadn’t won the Champions League that year, I doubt he would have found himself at Chelsea a few weeks later.
He would have found himself somewhere else.
Having managed FC Porto to back-to-back league titles, the Portuguese Cup and the UEFA Cup, clubs across the world had no doubt noticed.
But Chelsea? The team whose owner had everything but the one thing he couldn’t buy?
He wouldn’t have ended up there.
Mourinho only found h...