Having been sent off in Real Madrid’s Copa Del Rey final defeat to Athletico Madrid at the end of last season Premier League fans will be eager to see if a return to English football signals a change in temperament for the Special One, who looks a good price at 7/5 to pick up a domestic touchline ban this season on all known form. Here are some of his most controversial moments in management.
Bayern Munich v Chelsea – Champions League Quarter Final – 2005
Mourinho had received a UEFA touchline ban after accusing Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard of influencing referee Anders Frisk in the previous round, but defied it by communicating tactical changes and substitutions via fitness coach Rui Faria against Bayern.
The Portuguese was even alleged to have made his way into the away changing room at half time by hiding in a laundry basket as a 3-2 defeat saw his side progress to the semis with a 6-5 aggregate scoreline.
Inter v Sampdoria – Serie A – 2010
After seeing defenders Ivan Cordoba and Walter Samuel sent off before the break and striker Samuel Eto’o booked for diving late on, Mourinho held up his arms in an ‘X’ position to signify that his team had been put in handcuffs by the Italian FA.
The incident resulted in the manager’s third touchline ban of the season as accusations of Italian FA interference with refereeing and problems with the press soured his stay in Milan.
Barcelona v Real Madrid – Supercopa de Espana – 2011
In arguably the most bizarre incident of his career the then Real coach stuck his finger into future managerial rival Tito Vilanova’s eye before smiling and sticking his tongue out when stepping back into the Madrid technical area.
Mourinho escaped without a ban this time – although he was already due for a UEFA suspension following comments about the Catalan club the previous season – but the incident did recently reach the Spanish Constitutional Court and the new Chelsea boss could still face a backdated fine for the offence.