Leicester won the Barclays Premier League for the first time on Monday after their closest rivals Tottenham were held by Chelsea. The crown ends the clubs 132 year wait, and Mourinho was quick to congratulate them, amidst reports that he will try to wrestle the crown back to his hands with Manchester united next season.
It was difficult to imagine that the foxes will be champions this season, after going through turbulent times in the 2015-2016 season. However, things changed when former Chelsea boss, Claudio Ranieri, took over.
Mourinho took over Chelsea from the Italian for the first time in 2004, and perhaps that is why he was all praises for his predecessor, though he has always thought that he is not a winning man. He congratulated everyone for taking the crown he calls his this season. He had expected to defend the title until Chelsea parted ways with him in December last year.
When Ranieri left Chelsea and Mourinho was brought in as his replacement, the ever-proud Mourinho said that the replacement was called for because Chelsea wanted to win titles, something that was not going to happen with Ranieri remained the head coach.
In a separate interview, Mourinho actually said that Ranieri does not have a winning mentality. He downplayed Ranieri’s success, saying that the 64-year old has only won smaller trophies and he is unlikely to change his mentality, given his age.
Things were however different on Monday night. Ranieri did not just win the BPL, he won league for the first time. He also won it with one of the cheapest squads in the competition this season.