Spurs’ staggeringly forgettable 1-0 win against a limp Everton side will not go down in the club’s folklore.
However, the drab affair earned itself a footnote in the weighty tome of José Mourinho’s achievements, as the three points saw the Portuguese join a select group of Premier League managers with 200 wins to their name.
142 games was all Mourinho needed to notch up his first 100 wins in the competition. But while the second century may have taken longer – and involved more passive aggressive rants – his ranking among the game’s greatest managers needs no reevaluation.
With Harry Kane bound to the treatment room and one win from his previous five league games this was a crucial game early on in Mourinho’s Tottenham tenure.
Yet, despite City’s dominance, the home side ground out the three points. Spurs scored with two of the three shots they mustered throughout the entire match while City failed to find the net with any of their 19 efforts, including an Ilkay Gündogan penalty.
This less than convincing display was the first notable win of Mourinho’s time in north London and – providing an extra source of satisfaction – added to the woes of his old enemy Pep Guardiola.
In his first ever Premier League game, José Mourinho’s Chelsea delivered a performance which wonderfully foreshadowed the rest of their season.
Against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side Chelsea conceded possession, scored on the break and kept a clean sheet to announce the arrival of ‘a special one’.
In the first game of the season, Mourinho’s side delivered an ominous display under the Turf Moor floodlights.
Burnley’s surprise lead lasted the best part of three minutes before Diego Costa introduced himself to English football with a debut goal. Before Burnley had time to reset, Cesc Fàbregas played the 25th – and best – pass of a mesmeric move ruthlessly dispatched by Andre Schürrle, and Branislav Ivanovic sealed the win ten minutes before the half-time whistle.
This performance would be the template for the remainder of Chelsea’s campaign, as the Blues topped the table for a record 274 days on the way to Mourinho’s fourth Premier League title.
After the team mustered just eight goals in Mourinho’s first nine league games – which admittedly still left Chelsea second in the table – Eidur Gudjohnsen’s 18-minute hat-trick propelled the Blues to their first big win under the new manager.
Crucially, this was also the game in which Arjen Robben made an eye-catching debut from the bench which prompted Mourinho to ditch his diamond midfield in favour of the 4-3-3 that would dominate the division.
This battering was the first of a nine-game sequence in which Mourinho’s side lashed 29 goals past their opponents, as that year’s title winners menacingly clicked up through the gears.
As Manchester United trudged into the dressing room trailing 2-0, without a shot to their name, Manchester City’s coronation seemed 45 minutes away.
Yet, with Mourinho’s side uncharacteristically unshackled, Paul Pogba led the fightback which prolonged their neighbours’ wait for the Premier League crown.
Mourinho was back to his agitating best after the match, declaring that Manchester United ‘deserve a bit more respect’ and even congratulated Pep Guardiola for a title his side had just prevented them from sealing.
Mourinho’s back-to-back title triumphs in his first two seasons on English shores were bookended by two victories over the Premier League’s most dominant power – Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United.
Joe Cole’s wriggling, solo run helped seal the 2006 crown in style. This win – and their dominance over the two years prior – even prompted Ferguson, through gritted teeth, to admit Chelsea were ‘worthy champions’.
Mourinho once said: “If you have a Ferrari and I have a small car, to beat you in a race I have to break your wheel or put sugar in your tank.”
This was the approach the charismatic Portuguese coach took when Chelsea arrived at Anfield with Liverpool on the brink of a first Premier League title.
Mark Schwarzer told the Independent that one of Mourinho’s last instructions was: “Lads, I want at least two bookings for time-wasting before half time.”
This infuriated a Liverpool side accustomed to making a lightning quick start. Ultimately, their downfall came when Steven Gerrard’s slip set Demba Ba through for the game’s opening goal.
Willian sealed the win in the 94th minute to complete a maddening victory.
Mourinho couldn’t resist tearing down the bunting on a landmark day for his favourite sparring partner. Arsène Wenger’s 1,000th game as Arsenal manager saw the Gunners travel to Stamford Bridge.
A case of mistaken identity which led to Kieran Gibbs’ dismissal – instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – didn’t exactly boost Arsenal’s chances but that was hardly the sole cause of the 6-0 rout. Chelsea ravaged Arsenal, as Mourinho recorded the largest winning margin of his Premier League career.
To add further fuel to the ongoing feud between the managers, Mourinho left his dugout before the final whistle – avoiding a post-match handshake with Wenger – to apparently call his wife with the final result.