Mourinho reveals he once was forced to leave Stamford Bridge in laundry basket: 'When Stewart opened the box I was close to dying'
- Mourinho faced two-game stadium ban for his behaviour in the 2004/05 Champions League last-16 clash with Barcelona.
- Chelsea faced Bayern Munich in that season's CL quarter final.
- The Portuguese has revealed he avoided UEFA's ban and was forced to leave Stamford Bridge in the laundry basket after being present in the dressing room during the first leg against the German giants.
"Yes, yes I was," Mourinho replied when asked during an appearance on beIN SPORTS whether he had in fact been in the laundry basket to escape Stamford Bridge, as quoted by the Daily Mail. "The fundamental thing of it is: Chelsea v Bayern Munich, a big match in the Champions League. I need to be with my players… and I did it, yeah."
"Let me tell the story," the Special One continued. "You know Stewart Bannister, the Chelsea kit man. Skinny Stewart. I go to the dressing room during the day, so I was there. I'm there since midday, and the game is seven o'clock. I just want to be in the dressing room when the players arrive. So I go there, nobody sees me. The problem was to leave after.
"Stewart put me in the basket. The metal one, the hard one. Puts me in there. I go in there with a little bit open, so I could breathe, but when Stewart is taking that outside the dressing room, outside the stadium, the UEFA guys are there desperate to find me.
"So when I was there, Stewart closed the box. I couldn't breathe. When he opened the box, I was dying. I'm serious. I was close to dying. I'm serious, I promise. It's true, it's true."
The Blues won that home game against Bayern 4-2 thanks to Frank Lampard's brace and goals from Didier Drogba and Joe Cole making it to the semi-final after 3-2 away defeat. Mourinho's side failed to reach the final that season as Chelsea were beaten by Liverpool in the second leg semi-final clash due to Luis Garcia's 'phantom goal'.