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Jose Mourinho: I love Prem hostility

October 17, 2013
By ESPN staff

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said he embraces the "hostility" he gets from opposition fans in the Premier League.

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Mourinho left Stamford Bridge in 2007 after guiding the Blues to back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006. However, after successful spells with Inter Milan and Real Madrid, the 50-year-old arrived back at West London this summer to take charge of Chelsea for a second time.

The Portuguese is loved by his own fans but often heckled by supporters of other teams -- and he said it was all done in a good spirit.

"I enjoy playing at home, feeling the Chelsea fans' passion, that they are happy to have me on their side, but I also enjoy playing away and feeling the opponents support their own team, giving me that 'hostility'," he told the Guardian:

"It's a 'pure hostility'. It's not aggressive. If Chelsea fans at Norwich are singing: 'Jose Mourinho', and the other guys sing 'F*** off Mourinho', I don't think it's aggressive hostility. It's better than them ignoring me.

"If, one day, I was Norwich manager, they'd be singing my name too. It's pure. You go, for example, to countries like Spain and when they say: 'Hijo de puta Portugues' [Portuguese son of a b****], you know it's a deep feeling. A real hatred. They mean it.

"Here, even the hostility is different. More tongue-in-cheek. When I'm not winning, I'm 'not special any more'. I understand that and I like it."

Mourinho said he believed his six-year absence from the Premier League was not keenly felt, adding: "I don't think the Premier League, or the country, missed me. The country is too strong in relation to football, and the Premier League is too strong to miss somebody.

"It's not a question of 'missing'. But it's certainly a question of me loving it here, and people know that."

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