A long but very interesting piece on Jose Mourinho and when he begin coaching at Chelsea. The man is now a legend, after leading Chelsea to trophy after trophy and then winning titles with Inter Milan. Now he's looking to do the same at Real Madrid.
From the Guardian:
For Mourinho, method is everything. Steeped in Uefa training manuals and fitness theory (he holds several physical education qualifications), he is obsessed with detail and preparation. From the moment his Chelsea players get up, to the moment they go to sleep, every minute of their day is programmed by Mourinho and his young assistants from Portugal, Rui Faria and Andre Villas Boas. So it's out with Dennis Wise-style booze-ups at China White and in with 8am alarm calls and 90-minute early-morning training sessions.
'From here each practice, each game, each minute of your social life must centre on the aim of being champions,' Mourinho wrote to his squad in early July. 'First-teamer will not be a correct word. I need all of you. You need each other. We are a TEAM.' To underline his point, at the end of the letter, Mourinho inscribed a gnomic equation: 'Motivation + Ambition + Team + Spirit = SUCCESS.'