Jose Mourinho announced to Italian football on Tuesday at his unveiling as Internazionale boss that he is “a great coach” but insisted he no longer wants to be special.
Less than a year after his departure from Chelsea, the Portuguese tactician - who once described himself as “the special one” – has taken the helm of the three-time defending champions Inter with the aim of taking them to greater heights in Europe.
Mourinho, 45, has replaced Roberto Mancini on a three-year contract.
“I am Mourinho – period,” he said at his introductory press conference at Inter’s training ground. “I have arrived to a special club and I believe I am a great coach but I don’t want to be special.”
Mourinho, a controversial figure in England, because of his outspoken nature, claims he will not have a different approach in Serie A.
He said: “I don’t change – I am the same person as I was before, with the same mission and the same passion for my work. I have always believed that I would like to work in Italy and at a great club.
“I want to thank (Inter president) Massimo Moratti and (sporting director) Marco Branca that have given me this opportunity.
“For me this is a very important challenge but I believe that it could be very enjoyable also for you (the media).”