Jose Mourinho has described Celtic fans as ‘crazy’ when reflecting on Seville in 2003, speaking to Coach’s Voice.
The legendary gaffer believes the Glaswegians created an atmosphere.
Porto defeated the Celts by three goals to two after extra time all those years ago. The occasion hasn’t left the Portuguese man who calls the final an ‘experience’.
Jose Mourinho hails Celtic atmosphere
He believes his Porto side were reacting to the atmosphere and occasion of the final.
Mourinho also believes that Celtic and the fans contributed to it too.
He told the Coach’s Voice: “Everything around, from when you land, the hotel, the people, the number of fans, the crazy atmosphere in the city, the opposite fans – lets see how these guys are going to react.”
The Hoops faithful brought an estimated 80,000 fans to the south of Spain.
The Bhoys may have lost the match but the fans won fans of the year award for their decorum.
Not one arrest was made in the party atmosphere which included concerts and fan square.
The roar of the fans couldn’t drive the team on that extra bit as Porto broke hearts late on in the match.
Going down to 10 men arguably didn’t help the Celtic cause.
Jose Mourinho reflects on Porto vs Celtic performances
The former Chelsea and Manchester Unites believes both teams were up for the final.
He said: “Then we go to extra time and it’s hard. Even for us from the outside it’s really hard because a final is, in the majority of a career, especially when you are in Portugal, now or never.
“I also feel that Celtic was. And I felt that during the game. Celtic were also there to win it.
“That’s why it was an absolutely fantastic final.”
Some Celtic fans wanted Mourinho at Celtic after Brendan Rodgers left the club.
Others couldn’t forgive his tactics going back 16 years ago.
Nevertheless, the Hoops are still fondly remembered by the club’s former foe.