Here’s 10 of his best quotes from a new book on the French manager.
1 “When there is a Leo in defence, my shotgun is always ready! I know he’ll want to show off at some stage. (A Scorpion) is a fighter who forces others to react. He can gee them up, but two Scorpions end up killing each other. I had time to prepare my recruitment policy and I made some choices that weren’t linked to sport.”
2 “You can have an affectionate relationship with your squad and know when to give some slaps. You can cause more harm with words than with slaps. And I know how to do that.”
3 “I have always been bothered by people who are liked by everyone, under any circumstances. That means you have no opinion, that you agree with everything, that you are a sponge. Me, I’m more like a razor.”
4 “Houllier, Wenger and that other comedian, Mourinho, I have nothing against them. But is the objective to make their belly buttons shine or to make sure the French team works?”
5 “I only have one thing to say now, today. I only have one plan, that is to marry Estelle. So I’m asking her for real today. I know it’s hard but it’s at these times that you need everyone around you. And me, I need her.”
6 “Forgive me for having a trace of humanity at a time when I should have stayed cold, professional. Behind my coach’s shell I had a hope, I wanted to tell the people I love that I love them. I had a moment of human weakness.
“It was a communication error, I shouldn’t have said it at that time. But it was an impulse. For a moment I wasn’t a robot, sorry about that.”
7 “Good morning everyone. There’s a lot of you today. Ah yes, that’s right, the smell of blood interests you. I’m off to a good start, aren’t I? I’m really happy about one thing, that the guillotine doesn’t exist anymore.
“Otherwise I could see a few people here who’d be absolutely delighted to send me to the scaffolds. But I haven’t killed anyone. Maybe I would have been treated better off if I had ... ”
8 “Sometimes I say to myself that if I was face to face with myself, then I would hate myself.”
9 “I am a permanent contradiction.”
10 “Where does infinity end in the universe? We’re told that a ball of energy created the universe.
“But before that, where was this f**king ball? I am fascinated by what we can’t understand. I can give myself headaches thinking about it.”