Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has branded boss Jose Mourinho The Perfect One as a result of success not only at Stamford Bridge but in world football.
The controversial coach first became manager of the Blues in the summer of 2004, replacing former Italian coach Claudio Ranieri following his dismissal.
In his first press conference, Mourinho immediately made a name for himself by displaying huge confidence in labelling himself The Special One – a nickname which has stuck with him ever since.
While his self-proclaimed high status may have rubbed up some rivals the wrong way, Mourinho’s ensuing success at Stamford Bridge, Inter Milan and later Real Madrid certainly adds weight to such claims.
In the summer of 2013, the Portuguese coach returned to West London and despite a trophyless campaign last season his side are now showing the Mourinho traits embedded with success.
The Blues top of the Premier League table and remain unbeaten in all 20 games in all competitions this season, prompting observers to ponder the prospect of a whole league season unbeaten.
While the so-called Special One is certainly living up to his billing, Ivanovic feels his boss is worthy of even greater praise as he revealed to Fourfourtwo magazine how he refers to Mourinho as The Perfect One.
“They call him The Special One, but I like to refer to him as The Perfect One. His results speak for him. I think that he is the most intelligent coach: he knows what he wants,” he said.
“He knows when to tighten up and when to loosen up. He knows what to demand from the team and from an individual player, and he knows how to deal with stress situations and to relax the atmosphere. It’s a pleasure and a privilege to work with him.”
Mourinho currently holds a 64.94% winning record from 77 matches so far during his second spell with the West Londoners, down from the 67.03% set in his first stint in charge of the club.
The Portuguese underwent a 77-game unbeaten league home sequence during his two spells in charge with the Blues, an incredible feat which was eventually broken following a 2-1 defeat to Sunderland last season.