Mourinho reveals favourite opponents. (Arsenal…)

Date published: Thursday 25th February 2016 10:00

Jose Mourinho has discussed his favourite opponents as a manager, as well as his biggest disappointments.

Mourinho has been in Singapore this week, and has spoken on his managerial future, as well as his favourite players to manage.

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.”

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