El Traductor José Mourinho

The sporting story of this final was an immortal display of finishing by Diego Milito, the Inter striker, but of course all eyes fell on a man who had not played but who masterminded a treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and European Champions' Cup. He gave them what they craved and will/maybe now leave to continue his own amazing voyage.

Champions League glory completes the set for Inter but José Mourinho looks certain to quit for Real Madrid. He is unquestionably the coach of the season, perhaps decade, certainly coach of the moment.

He may not be everyone's cup of tea but Mourinho has just etched his name permanently on the biggest cup of all. Only two other coaches, Ernst Happel and Ottmar Hitzfeld, have won the European Cup with two different clubs, and Mourinho has just beaten his old mentor, Louis van Gaal (who won this competition with Ajax) to become the third.



In addition to winning titles in Portugal, England and Italy, Mourinho has also joined the elite band of treble winners. Inter become the sixth team to complete a clean sweep of all three major honours – again, Van Gaal's Bayern Munich were in a similar position – and the first from Italy. You cannot possibly argue with success on that scale.

To have conquered Portuguese, English and Italian football in so short time indicates a mighty talent, and now Spain beckons. Mourinho has won six league titles and two Champions League crowns in the 10 years. His achievement speaks of quite brilliant planning and orchestration, as well as an inspirational quality that makes people run through barbed wire to please him.

José Mourinho's only problem is that he will run out of targets. A first league title for Chelsea in 50 years, Inter's first European Cup crown since 1965 and now the chance to manage Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaká at Real Madrid. His flag is already planted in the Bernabéu's soil.

"I want to become the only coach to win the Champions League with three different clubs. I'm not leaving Inter, I'm leaving Italy. The Champions League I won at Porto was my last game there and this time it will almost certainly be my last game for Inter"  - José Mourinho

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