When Jose Mourinho hid himself in a laundry basket to defy UEFA ban
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Jose Mourinho, the Special One, had once hid in a laundry basket to defy ban handed to him by UEFA. In 2005, Jose Mourinho, then Chelsea manager, had been barred from contact with his players during both legs of the Champions League quarter-final match against Bayern Munich.He was being punished after indiscretions in the previous round with Barcelona.After almost 14 years to the incident, Mourinho opened up and revealed the truth.”I go to the dressing room during the day so I was there from midday and the game is seven o’clock. I just want to be in the dressing room when the players arrive,” Jose Mourinho told on beIN Sports.”I went there and nobody saw me. The problem was to leave after. And Stewart Bannister the kit man put me in the basket. It was a little bit open so I could breathe.”But when he is taking it outside the dressing room, the UEFA guys were following and desperate to find me so he closed the box and I couldn’t breathe! When he opened the box I was dying! I am serious! I was claustrophobic, I promise! It’s true!”Chelsea went on to beat Bayern in the quarter-finals that year but suffered defeat against Liverpool in the last four.In December 2018, Mourinho was sacked as Manchester United manager after two and a half years in charge of the club following a dismal start to the season.Mourinho won Manchester United the English FA Cup and the Europa League in the first two years in charge but had a disastrous season in 2018-19.advertisementMourinho’s title haul currently stands at 25. In his six major coaching stints – at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Chelsea again and Manchester United – Mourinho has only lasted more than three years once. That was in his first spell at Chelsea.