Jose Mourinho has discussed his favourite opponents as a manager, as well as his biggest disappointments.
The Portuguese has managed Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid during his stellar career, and ranks his defeats in Champions League semi-finals as among the most disappointing.
Mourinho holds the record for most managerial appearances in Champions League semi-finals, winning just two of his eights ties in the penultimate round of the tournament.
The 53-year-old has been beaten in the semi-finals on penalties twice – against Liverpool for Chelsea in 2007, and against Bayern Munich for Real Madrid in 2012.
“I was lucky to be in the finals, but I also lost in the semifinals on penalties,” Mourinho said. “I lost at Chelsea-Liverpool on penalties, I lost at Real Madrid-Bayern Munich on penalties too.
“When you lose the semifinals on penalties, you get the feeling that you did everything right and you are not lucky. I have these moments but I cannot complain because when you win twice, you have to accept that it’s part (of the game) to lose two semifinals.”
Asked which his favourite games as a manager were, Mourinho replied: “At Chelsea the first time, it was a period when Arsenal was a big rival and Manchester United, of course,” he said.
“Then I go to Milan, there are big derbies, so Inter vs. Milan, Inter vs. Juventus. I go to Madrid, of course Barcelona was a rival. I come back to Chelsea now it was not about Man United and Arsenal. Manchester City was coming very strong in the last few years.”