Star guests witness Chelsea struggle
What a game it was at Old Trafford on Sunday. And what a who's who of football in the stands. Queiroz, Capello, Maradona and Mourinho were all there to witness Chelsea being pounded into submission by a Manchester United side inspired by Ryan Giggs.
The Old Trafford tunnel is where the post-match interviews take place, and it was certainly a fascinating place to be after the game.
Phil Scolari was first out to give his thoughts, which he did honestly and with great dignity despite his weekly struggle with the English language. Because of time constraints, only part of the interview was broadcast on Match of the Day 2, but the whole thing makes interesting viewing.
The man, who, in the autumn, seemed to have unshackled Chelsea and turned them into a dynamic attacking force, was left reflecting sadly on his side's failure to make one decent scoring chance.
I asked him if he had an answer to their loss of form. "I don't know," was the simple reply as he also confirmed that there would be no significant transfer business this month.
As we waited for Giggs to have treatment before coming out to face the BBC cameras, the Chelsea players were hanging around for word that the club coach had pulled up outside to whisk them away.
Suddenly Jose Mourinho appeared. All smiles but looking slightly incongruous in a woolly beige cardigan, the former Blues manager went from man to man shaking hands, embracing and whispering sweet nothings in their ears. The Chelsea players were clearly delighted to see him, and he them.
The likes of Terry, Lampard and Drogba would not be human if they did not allow themselves to ask what might have been over the last 12 months were Mourinho still in charge, although it's easy to forget that Chelsea started poorly under his leadership last season.
There was a love affair of sorts between Mourinho and many of the current players. As he swept out of the tunnel on Sunday, the Inter Milan boss looked tanned, relaxed and as charismatic as ever; a man who is now comfortable with the split and over the hurt of separation. To the players he left behind, he may have looked more special than ever.