June 2004, first press conference at Chelsea
Mourinho: "Please don't call me arrogant, but I am European Champion so I do think I'm a bit special".
July 2008, Milanello
Ancelotti: "I've won two Champions Leagues although that doesn't make me special. Taking on a small club and saving it is just as important."
December 2007, before the Club World Cup
Ancelotti: "Mourinho? I don't think it's
May 2008, the press links the Portughese manager to Milan
Ancelotti: "Is Mourinho up for my job? We've already found someone to replace Costacurta (Filippo Galli), but if we'd known earlier, we could have found him a job. Helping the goalkeeper coach? No, he's never played football, he wouldn't be capable of shooting on goal."
July 2008, Mourinho talking at the Pinetina
Mourinho: "I think Ancelotti is forgetting that one of
August 2008, at the start of the season
Ancelotti: "Mourinho is an unusual kind of guy, I've met him, he's nice, but he also likes having these conversations via the press, you could say he's a bit of a stirrer".
August 2008, Shevchenko goes back to Milan
Mourinho: "He was treated like a king at
September 2008, a question of hospitality
Ancelotti:Mourinho has introduced a lot of different types of ball work. His techniques seem quite interesting and I'd like to know more about them."
Mourinho: "It would be a pleasure to have Ancelotti with us, but just for the day".
Ancelotti: "Mourinho is very welcome here. Just for the day? No, he can stay longer, we don't mind at all."
September 2008, Sunday post-match TV interview
Mourinho: "Some people have fun after a victory, I personally don't have time to celebrate winning."
Ancelotti speaking to Ilaria D'Amico (Sky): "You don't have to laugh to be positive."
Mourinho talking about his fee: "I'm on more than 14 million."
Ancelotti: "I've already said I like him, but I'm thinking of hiring him as my agent now for my next contract. Maybe he'll be able to cut me a good deal."
October 2008, talking about Ronaldinho and his nightclubbling
Ancelotti: "Did he get home late? What time? I had given him a curfew of 5am, so if he got back at 4, then that's all the better. He can do what he wants on a Sunday, I'm not his tutor. If he got home at 4am, he couldn't have been having much fun."
November 2008, Mourinho is livid with Adriano, who's not up to training.
Ancelotti: "If I ran things like Mourinho, I wouldn't have anyone at training..."
January 2008, speaking after all the brouhaha over Inter's trouncing at Bergamo
Ancelotti: "I admire Mourinho for his frankness, his ability to be straight, whereas I would try to buy time sometimes. Generally people appreciate it if you say what you think. All managers let off steam sometimes when they want to try and fire up their team a little."
12 January 2009, Inter 43,
Mourinho: "If they think they can win all their matches, then they're right to think they can win the League: I want to win it too, and they know how it's done. It's not enough just to win all the time, they have to hope that Inter doesn't win all the time as well. In football, that's position I wouldn't like to be in: it makes things complicated for them."
2 February 2009, Inter 50,
Mourinho: "The Rossoneri? They're playing really well, Pato, Kakà, Beckham: they're all on form, but they're still 6 points behind Inter...".