Anyhow, in this interview he told me: “I play a role. I can wear any shirt of any team. I connect to any set of fans. They all want one thing – wins. I am a professional and I don’t get emotional about the club – every action I take is calculated”.
So you like to play the “bad guy”? I asked. “If that’s what will get me wins, then yes”, he answered.
This is far away from the romantic Pep Guardiola, who is so emotionally attached to Barcelona, he can’t stand the pressure of love and has to quit. Mourinho is the cold professional. He knows what to do in order to get wins and trophies. Cold, ruthless professionalism is at the base of every Mourinho team and that’s why his teams are based on hard work, determination, tactical awareness and comradery and less on skills, aesthetics or any of that romantic mambo-jambo things.
In a sense he plays the role of the “bad guy”. The Über -criminal mastermind that meticulously plans world domination. He’s the cold hearted assassin with 100% success rate. He is the Darth Vader , the Lord Voldemort, the Freddy Krueger, the Shark from Jaws of world football. And he loves it. And that’s why he is such an important character for great for the long lasting soap opera that is the world of football.