MADRID (AP) — Whether Jose Mourinho is in England or in Spain, "The Happy One" is looking a lot more like "The Miserable One" these days.
Ahead of the first leg of the Champions League semifinal against Atletico Madrid, the Chelsea manager seemed like the sulky and irritable coach who marked his three-season spell at Real Madrid.
Mourinho, who labelled himself "The Happy One" after returning to Chelsea in the summer, looked disinterested in his first return to Spain as he preferred to divulge little about his team, his opponent, or his state of mind during Monday's pre-match news conference.
But his prickly demeanor provided more than enough reply.
"Nothing's changed," Mourinho dryly replied when asked about his subdued demeanor, "maybe it's the weather."
Mourinho exited Madrid after what he termed his worst season as a coach, losing the Copa del Rey final to an Atletico team led by coach Diego Simeone.
But Mourinho would not address any specifics about the Spanish leader, which knocked AC Milan and Barcelona from the competition.
"I studied them a lot and try to make my players understand what Atletico is. But I have no interest to share with you my vision," said Mourinho, who answered all questions in English. "To reach the Champions League semifinal and be fighting for the Spanish title, you must be a very important team."
Mourinho said little about Simeone, who was quick to praise Mourinho earlier on Monday, but still seemed to direct a message to his counterpart.
"I don't agree," Mourinho replied when asked if he thought Simeone's assessment was correct.
"It's difficult to compare coaches, it's not fair to compare coaches, it's not fair to compare a coach with 15 years of career with a coach that has less than that. It's something I don't do and it's something I don't like to do."