Jose Mourinho has spoken for the first time following Leicester’s Premier League triumph.
The former Chelsea boss admitted to watching avidly as his old side recovered from a two goal deficit to draw 2-2 with Spurs, emphatically confirming the Foxes as the Premier League’s most unlikely champions.
Mourinho has had a turbulent year in his managerial career, lifting the trophy with Chelsea last May before being sacked by the club in December after a terrible run of form, leaving the Blue’s dangling perilously above the relegation zone.
Last seasons managerial Champion has praised his original Chelsea predecessor Ranieri, whom he replaced at the Blues in 2004, with a tone of anticipation for his expected return to management next season:
“I want to congratulate everyone connected to Leicester; players, staff, owners and fans.
“I lost my title to Claudio Ranieri and it is with incredible emotion that I live this magic moment in his career.”
The former Real Madrid and Inter head coach remains continuously linked with a return to the Premier League ahead of next season, with Manchester United the expected destination for the Portuguese boss.
Ironically, Mourinho replaced Ranieri as Chelsea manager in 2004 because Blues owner Roman Abramovich believed the Italian wasn’t capable of delivering the title to Stamford Bridge – Mourinho, at least, delivered success to the Russian.
Speaking 12 years on from his Chelsea sacking, as his Leicester side were confirmed as champions, Ranieri doted on his players, who started the season as 5,000/1 long shots to end the season as title winners:
“I’m so proud. The players have been fantastic,
Their focus, their determination, their spirit has made this possible. It’s an amazing feeling and I’m so happy for everyone.
Every game they fight for each other and I love to see this in my players.
I’m happy for my players, for the chairman, for the staff at Leicester City, all our fans and the Leicester community.”