Jose Mourinho writes a weekly column entitled 'Hotel Chelsea' for the Portuguese sports daily 'Record'.
In this section read a translated summary of Mourinho's fascinating insights .
18 March 2006
At Liverpool Benfica made history. They arrived at Lisbon euphoric, thinking about winning silverware on three fronts. Days later they’ve practically lost the championship and are out of the Portuguese Cup, leaving the Champions League as the only possibility of winning a trophy. However, this door could be closed by Barcelona, Milan or Lyon, if they reach the semi-finals, or in a final which is always unpredictable. An apparently extremely successful season could end up being a season with nothing to show for it.
After the Champions League draw, according to what I read, Benfica decided – and correctly in my view – to opt for silence with regard to the Barcelona tie, in an obvious and intelligent attempt to focus the players’ minds on their immediate aims: winning games in the championship and beating Guimarães in the Cup.
Ronald Koeman broke the “internal concentration pact”. In what I believe was a charm operation, he gave a moving interview to Catalan TV, discussing the tie against Barcelona in every aspect. While the players complied with what had been stipulated, the coach did not respect the squad and opted to promote his personal image.
As for me, as someone who has never worried about “working” my image, I will never change my philosophy: my squads are more important than my image.