On this day in 2010, Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan eliminated Barcelona with a defensive masterclass in the second leg of the Champions League semifinal.
Jose Mourinho was recently sacked as the manager of English club Tottenham Hotspur. However, Mourinho certainly seems to be in no mood to adopt a gloomy approach, as evident from his post on Instagram. Today (28th April) marks the day when the 58-year-old’s former club Inter Milan knocked out Spanish giants Barcelona from the UEFA Champions League, with a triumph in the semi-finals. The year was 2010, with Inter going on to win the Champions League that season, following a win against Bayern Munich in the final. “Camp Nou. April 28th 2010. The moment when adrenaline and happiness make you a sprinter,” read the caption on the Instagram post, along with an image of Mourinho sprinting. Barcelona had 20 shots in comparison to just one for Inter Milan.
The Portuguese manager went on to win the treble of UCL, domestic league and domestic cup that season. Only six managers have achieved this unique distinction. They are as follows: Hansi Flick (Bayern Munich, 2020), Luis Enrique (Barcelona, 2015), Jupp Heynckes (Bayern, 2013), Jose Mourinho (Inter, 2010), Pep Guardiola (Barcelona, 2009) and Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United, 1999).
There is another co-relation of this day with another Serie A giant Juventus. Andrea Agnelli took over as Juventus’s president on the same day, as Mourinho’s Inter booked their ticket to Madrid after knocking out Barcelona in the Champions League semifinal.
The Portuguese manager further recorded another iconic moment yesterday, though the year was 2014. Chelsea led by Mourinho took on Liverpool who were managed by Brendan Rodgers. The latter were on a 11-game winning streak coming into the match and top of the league.
Mourinho set up his team in a defensive fashion, leaving Liverpool frustrated. The frustration had an impact even on legendary midfielder Steven Gerrard, who slipped while controlling a sideways pass. Chelsea striker Demba Ba took full advantage, helping the club record a vital win.
Mourinho ran down the touchline, thumping the Chelsea badge on his jacket. The manager has certainly had his share of iconic moments, as evident from these instances at different points of time.