The impression is that the further Mourinho travels from his coaching origins at Barcelona, the more dour and pragmatic his style of play becomes. It’s as if the tactical sheen learnt at Sir Bobby Robson’s knee has gradually worn off to reveal the dark, soul-sapping horror beneath. Worse still, the famous Mourinho locker-room charm is evaporating, too. Jose’s fallen out with many of his squad this season, often publicly. Just five months after splashing out Â£15m on Ricardo Quaresma, Jose labelled him a weak character and sent him to Chelsea. Another summer buy, Mancini, barely featured after not doing as he’s told and the defensive stalwart IvÃ¡n CÃ³rdoba found himself frozen out in favour of comedy Colombian Nelson Rivas.
That from the Guardian yesterday