José Mourinho diverted his post-match interview following Roma’s victory in the Coppa Italia on Thursday to discuss his place in the running for the recently-filled Portugal vacancy.

Roberto Martínez was hired as new Seleção boss at the start of this week, with Portuguese Football Federation president Fernando Gomes suggesting the Spaniard was the first choice for the role.

Gomes was asked specifically if Mourinho had been a contender for the position, replying somewhat ambiguously. “What interested me from the first hour was defining the profile,” Gomes said on Monday during the presentation. “We spoke, within this, to many people. The only concrete proposal we made to be a coach, was Roberto Martínez.”

After Roma overcame Genoa at the Stadio Olimpico on Thursday, Mourinho referenced Gomes directly. “Today I can talk to you and say something that maybe you are not very interested in, but I want to thank the president of the Portuguese Federation,” Mourinho began.

“What he said made me very proud, saying that I was not the first choice, but his only choice and that he would have done anything to get me home. He made me very happy. But I didn’t go, I’m here and I’m giving my all.”

Mourinho was in typically headline-grabbing form after his Giallorossi side advanced to the quarter finals of the Coppa Italia. The competition has come under criticism in the past for a structure which sees the higher-positioned clubs play the ties at home, making it less common for the country’s smaller sides to mount a challenge for the cup.

“First of all, I’ll say I would love to win it,” Mourinho said. “I won it once playing against Roma, I would love to win it playing with Roma in Rome. I think it’s the worst cup in Europe, it doesn’t protect the smaller teams.

“It doesn’t put on a show, I’m talking about Torino for example who win on the pitch of the Italian champions Milan, then they have to play the next elimination game away from home, I don’t understand this structure of the Coppa Italia.

“Last year we finished sixth, the year before we finished seventh and I want to invest in the Coppa Italia, but a lower team doesn’t want to play, what motivation do these people have?

“Torino won against the Italian champions, they made great history in the Round of 16 and they have to play away. Where is the beauty of the Coppa Italia? It would be nice to play on a Serie B or Serie C pitch, where is that? Because people accept it.

“The next elimination game will be either in Naples or at home with Cremonese, if we lose like last year, we’ll lose but we’ll try to win. For a squad like ours, playing three competitions together is very hard.”

By Sean Gillen

@SeanGillen9

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With all due respect, mourinho can **** off. That’s coming from a Portista. He’s gone way to celebtity and has no Portuguese pride.

Chris
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I'll always respect and admire Jose Mourinho but I'm not going to defend him anymore what was the point of bringing that up regarding the Portugal job? What is he gaining that he doesn't already have admiration? Plaudits? Everything is a power...

I'll always respect and admire Jose Mourinho but I'm not going to defend him anymore what was the point of bringing that up regarding the Portugal job? What is he gaining that he doesn't already have admiration? Plaudits? Everything is a power play for this guy. So he gets high off of conflict and ego. If this was 2005 I wouldn't want nobody else to be the Portugal manager absolutely nobody I wouldn't care what nation he was from the only choice would be Jose Mourinho. Now he'd be at the bottom of my list because after the first week the players will definitely see that he gets high off hearing his own voice maybe even looking in the mirror. Power absolutely corrupts.

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Robert Martins
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Completely agree. Nothing positive will come from those comments.

This is conjecture, but maybe the FPF's "profile" specified a full-time manager? Maybe Mourinho was the "only choice" if he could give up his position at Roma? Of course that...

Completely agree. Nothing positive will come from those comments.

This is conjecture, but maybe the FPF's "profile" specified a full-time manager? Maybe Mourinho was the "only choice" if he could give up his position at Roma? Of course that wasn't to be and the FPF went with Martinez. But Mourinho just can't keep his mouth shut... that's my take anyway.

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Nelson
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Pretty much came here to say that. Why bring this up now that Martinez is in the job? Of course, Mourinho is the most successful Portuguese manager of all time and on that basis I thought it would be interesting if he finally got a shot at it...

Pretty much came here to say that. Why bring this up now that Martinez is in the job? Of course, Mourinho is the most successful Portuguese manager of all time and on that basis I thought it would be interesting if he finally got a shot at it given his tournament success etc but this kind of thing just makes you remember his ego is almost as bad as Ronaldo's. No need.

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Santos
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Mr Mourinho, We needed you home since Scolari's departure, I believe he went to Chelsea and you had left Chelsea.

Even if for a short time it would have been absolutely amazing, but I understand that you had your club goals so we support it.

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Mr Mourinho, We needed you home since Scolari's departure, I believe he went to Chelsea and you had left Chelsea.

Even if for a short time it would have been absolutely amazing, but I understand that you had your club goals so we support it.

Managing a Italian club for a second time is your choice, it's not mine but I'm not Mr Mourinho, that is your journey.

Either way I wish you all the best, we support your endeavours.

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Tempo
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The Seleçao doesn‘t need another inflated ego that has lost touch with reality. With this statement, he proved that he has a similar mental problem as the other guy.

Rolf Gerber
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Who cares. Mourihno was a good coach. That’s it. This aura around him was created by his own ego that everyone bought into. He’s the most overrated coach in history. And that’s coming from a Porto fan.

Football fans don’t understand basic...

Who cares. Mourihno was a good coach. That’s it. This aura around him was created by his own ego that everyone bought into. He’s the most overrated coach in history. And that’s coming from a Porto fan.

Football fans don’t understand basic financial metrics. That’s the issue. So they believe the crap he’s been selling. For one did you know his champions league winning Porto team was the betting favourite in every single game they won during that so called underdog run? Bet you didn’t. They had the easiest draw 8n the tournaments history and almost every other Porto and benfica team would win plenty of champions league titles with the same draw. Do your own DD. The one tough challenge was a weak rebuilding united team who’s budget that year and Porto were the favourites in the dragao when they won and then when they went into old trafford they got a draw. The only game they were the underdog was in the group stage when they played Real Madrid and they to smashed. They beat Deportivo, Lyon and Monaco. All three teams Porto was the betting favourite and had the bigger player budget from that season

Next is his ridiculously hyped Chelsea career. Did you know with all the crap Pep gets that when Mourihno went to Chelsea they had almost 35% bigger budget then any other team in the epl? Bet you didn’t know that. Compare that to this fraudiola every one always says and since he’s been in the premier league man city’s budget has only been 5-10% more and half the time they didn’t even have the biggest budget. Then he went to Inter and it was the same shit. Then in Madrid he had the same budget as Barcelona. Was 1 billion to 950 million I think. About 3-5% difference max. All in all this so called underdog coach he’s never won a league in his career when he didn’t have the most expensive team.

Facts are facts. Too many Porto and Portugal fans on this guys dick. Wake up. He has a big mouth and runs it so much people start to believe the shit he says. Hate on Pep and Ferguson all you want for having expensive teams but they have won way more with there top clubs then Mourihno, that’s fact. He tried to coach spurs and now Roma with lower budgets and he’s been a disaster. So bad that pochettino and conte have been better with spurs and fonseca was doing the same with a much cheaper squad without stars like Abraham and Dybala.

He’s a good coach. But anything more then that is just nonsense that people don’t actually look at the real facts. Football is a sport about investment. These Cinderella stories happen very rarely and most of them are actually bogus anyway. Mourihno won when he was supposed to win. Nothing magical about it.

Porto plays Monaco and deportivo and Lyon this year they will also win the champions league

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Justin
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When his name was first pitched I had mixed feelings but leant towards giving him a go. He's always been considered a tournament specialist and obviously is Portugal's most successful coach but on the other hand, he's clearly not at the top of...

When his name was first pitched I had mixed feelings but leant towards giving him a go. He's always been considered a tournament specialist and obviously is Portugal's most successful coach but on the other hand, he's clearly not at the top of the management game anymore and I fear his style with players is becoming a bit outdated. Not every player responds to being verbally berated, publicly criticized and generally treated like sh*t. Then he says this and I'm just glad it didn't happen tbh.

He didn't want to leave Roma, which is fine. You didn't want the job, now shut up and let the guy who did get on with it.

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Santos
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Man, reading the comments here it feels like Ronaldo is the football villain number one and Mourinho the football villain number two. I'm not sure there's so much hatred towards these two on the Barcelona fan websites.
The next time a...

Man, reading the comments here it feels like Ronaldo is the football villain number one and Mourinho the football villain number two. I'm not sure there's so much hatred towards these two on the Barcelona fan websites.
The next time a Portuguese player wins the ballon d'Or 5 times and leads his team to win 5 Champions League titles, might be in a hundred years from now. And who knows when another Portuguese manager will win the Champions League with a Portuguese club.
I'd rather celebrate Ronaldo and Mourinho with all their flaws and eccentricities than wait for other more likable heroes to light up the sky of the Portuguese football. After all Eusebio died without seeing Ronaldo's career hit its peak and without seeing Portugal win its first international trophy. I'm sure the future is bright for Portugal but there's no guarantee we'll witness such great things again, so no reason to turn up our noses at the heroes we got.

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Samuel
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Hero is very subjective. I don’t consider Ronaldo or Mourihno a hero the same as I don’t consider a father a hero if he becomes rich and gives his kids millions but was never around and was a terrible teacher.

Eusebio will always be more of a...

Hero is very subjective. I don’t consider Ronaldo or Mourihno a hero the same as I don’t consider a father a hero if he becomes rich and gives his kids millions but was never around and was a terrible teacher.

Eusebio will always be more of a hero then Ronaldo and Mourihno for me because he did everything with the utmost class. Never stepped over anyone or made it about himself was a selfless person and player and a great leader and truly phenomenal player to go with all of those traits.

Character is what makes someone a hero. Not trophies.
Trophies and money may make you successful in our superficial world but if you think that’s the true definition of success in any walk of life then we will have to agree to disagree.

Ronaldo and Mourihno are successful in terms of winning trophies. I would never call these two personalities hero’s though.

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Justin
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According to the Cambridge dictionary Ronaldo and Mourinho are heroes, but if you don't think they qualify as heroes for you and consider Eusebio as a better role model, that's okay.

Samuel
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And what does that mean now? That someone who has achieved a lot in life can no longer be criticized if he misbehaves? Do past successes make you untouchable or how should I understand your comment? I realize once again that there are democrats...

And what does that mean now? That someone who has achieved a lot in life can no longer be criticized if he misbehaves? Do past successes make you untouchable or how should I understand your comment? I realize once again that there are democrats and there are royalists in this world. It seems that if these idol worshippers were to be successful themselves at some point, they would be very happy to spit down on everyone else and feel untouchable. That's why they can't stand it when their gods are rightly criticized.

"Show a smart person a mistake and he will thank you. Show a stupid person a mistake and he will insult you." (Lao Tzu)

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Rolf Gerber
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My point was there's so much negativity and hatred towards Ronaldo and Mourinho on a Portuguese football website that it seems there's no joy for one of the greatest players of all time and one of the greatest managers being Portuguese. You may...

My point was there's so much negativity and hatred towards Ronaldo and Mourinho on a Portuguese football website that it seems there's no joy for one of the greatest players of all time and one of the greatest managers being Portuguese. You may criticize them all you want but there might not be a second chance to see someone from Portugal repeat their achievements.

"I wish there was a way to know you were in the good old days before you actually left them." - Andy Bernard, The Office

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Samuel
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I agree with you fully 100 percent Samuel. I just have to laugh reading majority of hating comments from lots of posters on this site.

There will be 70 something comments on a Ronaldo article, yet the Joao Felix debut article (where he stupidly...

I agree with you fully 100 percent Samuel. I just have to laugh reading majority of hating comments from lots of posters on this site.

There will be 70 something comments on a Ronaldo article, yet the Joao Felix debut article (where he stupidly unnecessarily got a red card putting him off to a horrible start to his Chelsea career showing his lack of mental focus and calmness the pressure of trying to impress got to him) will only have like 3 or 4 comments lol smh.

I respect and admire all our players, but greatness is greatness it isn't achieved every year, more like once every decade or maybe even longer. I greatly admire Ronaldo the greatest to me, and I greatly admire Jose the greatest coach along with Ancelotti to me.

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Eddie
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I would thank Jose for letting us now what we were all wondering and thinking of the Selecao even though he is in Italy with a different job. It is refreshing for a manager to be open about these things. He said he made a promise to Roma and good...

I would thank Jose for letting us now what we were all wondering and thinking of the Selecao even though he is in Italy with a different job. It is refreshing for a manager to be open about these things. He said he made a promise to Roma and good on him for keeping it. We are all rooting for him and Roma.

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