Mourinho Reveals How He Hid In Laundry Basket To Escape UEFA Ban

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho celebrates after winning the Champions League.

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Jose Mourinho has been out of management for around a month now, but that has not stopped him from being out of the media and the centre of internet attention.

While Manchester United seem to be doing better without him, having gone on a 7-match winning run, the Portuguese still claims he trusted his philosophies, and under different situations and dependencies, things could have been much better.

The former Red Devils’ manager has been speaking out about a lot of things recently, with one of those being the famous ‘laundry basket’ incident.

This story came out in 2005, when he was in-charge of Chelsea, and was serving a ban for the two-legged quarter-final against Bayern Munich.

According to rumours then, Mourinho was desperate to speak to his side, and managed to sneak into Stamford Bridge by being hidden inside a laundry basket.

Jose was in an admitting mood recently, as he revealed (via beIN Sports): “Yes I was. I don’t remember the idea, I remember the fundamental thing of it. The fundamental thing of it was Chelsea versus Bayern Munich, a big match in the Champions League. I need to be with my players, and I did it yeah.”


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He further went on to shockingly admit it all, by adding: “So I go there, and nobody sees me. The problem was to leave after. Stuart (the kitman) put me in the basket, a big metal one, and I got in with a little bit left open so I could breathe.

“But when Stuart is taking it outside the dressing room, the UEFA guys were following him. They were desperate to find me, so Stuart closed the box. I couldn’t breathe!”

The man has always had a mentality to win and nothing else, and this further proves that he was ready to go to any extent to do it.