If you are one of the many that love Jose Mourinho, then this is the video you will have been waiting for since the dramatic game at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.
The Special One’s reputation was boosted yet again by an incredible defensive display from his side and Mourinho yet again shaped the tie both tactically and metaphorically throughout.
As early as the sixth minute Mourinho was producing hand gestures which turned into a sarcastic clap to the crowd when Thiago Motta was sent off. Another highlight of the night was Mourinho butting in on a private conversation between Pep Guardiola and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Â Just after the hour Mourinho even managed to waste some valuable seconds when the ref was forced to come over to his technical area.
The piece de resistance came at the final whistle when, with right hand aloft, Mourinho ran to the Nerazzurri fans in the gods. In true theatrical style Victor Valdes played the party pooper and only managed to give yet more weight to Mourinho’s epic celebration.
In many ways it has been Mourinho’s Champions League, first vanquishing former club Chelsea and now returning to haunt Barcelona where he was previously a translator. This theme continues in the final when he duels with Louis van Gaal who he worked for at Barca.
If Mourinho does claim victory at the Bernabeu final, expect him to leave the celebrating to his players, as he has done throughout his career in final matches. If this is the case, the sight of Mourinho running on to the pitch at full time of the semi-final second leg will likely become the defining image of this season’s Champions League.
Lionel Messi, for one, will be thankful that the Portuguese tactician isn’t leading any team at the World Cup.
Individual match highlights of Jose Mourinho’s theatrical performance at Barcelona can be seen here.
The word Ultras in Latin means “beyond” implying that their enthusiasm for their team is over and above the normal levels of support that other fans give.
The Ultras Â are well known across Europe for their choreography involving large banners and colourful flares. Often, as reported on this website, their passion spills over into violence against opposition and sometimes against their own players when they feel that they are letting the supporters down.
Nevertheless, it was a joyous bunch that greeted the Inter team on their arrival back in Milan, where thousands packed out the airport to welcome the lions of the Nou Camp back home.
To watch a happy bunch of Ultras see here.