Maradona: Mourinho is special
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Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho is the best coach in the world according to Argentina national team boss and footballing icon Diego Maradona.

Maradona - who is in Milan to watch several of his compatriots play in the Italian Cup clash between Mourinho's Inter Milan and Genoa later on Tuesday - said the coach known as the 'Special One' had everything required of a manager.

"Mourinho is the coach I would have hired had I been president of no matter what club," said the former Argentinian playing legend, who almost singlehandedly inspired Argentina to the 1986 FIFA World Cup™ trophy.

"He was the best possible buy (Mourinho arrived as a replacement for Roberto Mancini in the summer of last year) and I also said that to Inter president (Massimo) Moratti when I had the opportunity to do so.

"Jose has everything: he knows how to talk to the players, to the press, and in the dressing room. For me he is the best," added Maradona, who replaced Alfio Basile in early November after a series of disappointing results in their 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa qualifiers.