WATCH: José Mourinho reveals how he uses press conferences to convey hidden messages
A master of the dark arts.
There was a point where José Mourinho was seen as one of the best managers in world football, if not the best.
On the pitch, his teams destroyed the opposition, completely denying them any chance of winning the game. Hell, his Chelsea team once went an entire Premier League season only conceding 13 goals. That's insane.
And off the pitch, he lived inside the other manager's heads, regularly getting the better of them before his men even stepped foot on a football pitch.
And although his talents appear to have wavered, based on his recent stint as Manchester United manager, he is still pure box-office entertainment at press conferences.
United fans may have been sick of the constant excuse making that he did after a game, but there was often a "hidden message" that he would try to convey when he spoke out.
He explained this to Andy Gray and Richard Keys as he analysed the Chelsea vs Arsenal game on Saturday evening:
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He said that: "When I don't have a top communication director, then I have to go by myself, and then probably, I can make some mistakes that I shouldn't make when I am a top manager in the world, and the top manager of a top club."
When asked by Keys if there is always a subtext to what "The Special One" says, he replied: "Yes."
We don't doubt it...