7 domestic league titles, 2 UCLs and 1 UEFA Cup. No less than 17 managerial awards including FIFA World Coach of the year. Oh, and let's just throw in some records like how he hasn't gone a full calender year without winning at least one trophy, just for the heck of it.
That's what they call the Mourinho effect.
So when my producer texted to check if I was free to interview JM during Chelsea's pre-season tour here in KL, I immediately replied, HELL YES!
Only to check my phone later on with a conflicting buka puasa event on that date/time with my family. Good news, y u no have good timing?!
But after negotiating with my parents (thank God they know enough football that I didn't have to go into details about what a big deal this was) I got to sneak out of buka early for my 9pm
Not going to lie, I was SO nervous before the interview.
Fortunately Jay had warmed him up before during her slot for Stadium Unplugged, so he was pretty light-hearted when my turn was up.
He was pleasant, professional and who would've thought, good humored too! We weren't the only ones who did not expect to see this side of JM though.
The folks at UK's Daily Mail apparently thought so too and dedicated an article based on our interview here.
Such a hash tag, proud moment to see it featured on the site I visit for my daily dose of football update. I can die now. Happily!