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