Mourinho was asked about the third season syndrome levelled at him.
“At Chelsea, in the third year, I came second in the league. I lost the semi-final of the Champions League on penalties [against Liverpool], we won the FA Cup and the League Cup,” he responded. “It’s not bad for a third season!
“At Real Madrid, in the third year, we lost in the semi-finals of the Champions League [against Dortmund], we lost in the final of the Copa del Rey [against Atlético]and we finished second in the league [behind Barcelona]. It’s not bad!
“Then, in the third season at United, we qualified for the knock-out stage of the Champions League in a difficult group with Valencia and Juventus and, in the league, you’re right, the results aren’t good.”