A more mature Jose Mourinho prepares to make his return to Chelsea's Stamford Bridge, saying he wants to bring joy to all soccer fans.
COBHAM, NEAR LONDON, UK (AUGUST 16, 2013) (REUTERS) - Chelsea's Jose Mourinho prepared for his emotional return to Stamford Bridge this weekend with a trademark slice of supreme confidence on Friday (August 16) by boldly declaring he was a better manager than ever, while also declaring himself a man of the people.
Not one for under-selling himself, having embarked on his previous stint at the westLondon club by branding himself the 'Special One', he goes into Sunday's (August 18) first Premier League game of his new tenure feeling even more special.
Speaking to the media at the Chelsea training ground in Cobham two days before Chelsea's opening game against newly promoted Hull, a subdued-looking Mourinho said: "Let's go for it, full of joy from our side, I hope every fan (feels) the same and of course I go to Stamford Bridge, I go to my people, but at the same time I want to say to everyone around this country that goes to football every weekend, at every place, at every stadium, I want to say that I am one of them, I'm not just a Blue, I'm one of them, in the sense that I love this football country and I want to try to give joy to everybody."
Asked if he was still hopeful of signing Wayne Rooney from Manchester United, Mourinho said: "I'm just Chelsea manager, as every one of us is always looking to try to strengthen your squad. We all say no, but we lie because to the last day when the market is open we all are waiting for something to happen."
The Portuguese coach said he was enjoying working with Chelsea's young squad.
"I'm enjoying this process of formation of my team with a different profile than the team I had in my previous years here," he added.
Mourinho led Chelsea to successive Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006 but said he was now a changed man.
"I am more mature, I have, I don't say a different personality but I have a different way of prioritising things in life and in football so I feel myself very confident, very stable with great maturity."
He said the Premier League was stronger than it used to be because there were more teams fighting for the title.
"But a few years ago, the better teams were better," he added.