So much for the elder statesman. Since returning to English football, Jose Mourinho has worked hard to push the idea that he is calmer and more rational now, that the fireworks of yesteryear have been consigned to the past.
It didn't last long. After losing the European Super Cup to Bayern Munich on penalties, the Portuguese boss let rip at Uefa, effectively implying a grand conspiracy against his teams. This is the side of Mourinho that we rather hoped had gone away.
It was all such a shame because this had been one of the great European games of the decade so far, an epic encounter that swung backwards and forwards, culminating in penalties and the calamitous failure of poor, likeable Romelu Lukaku.
In a shoot-out of the highest quality, it was the young Belgian who fell short at the critical moment. As he stood in horror contemplating what he had done, David Luiz ran to console him. This defeat was not his fault and he may end up a better player for the experience.
Chelsea had started the game well, sitting deep, allowing Bayern Munich to run at them and then striking back with astonishing pace.
Fernando Torres opened the scoring with a magnificent effort after a blistering run from Eden Hazard.
Bayern's strength, one of them at least, last season was that they were so strong in the centre of the pitch. Javi Martinez and Bastian Schweinsteiger were as strong a midfield pairing as you could find in Europe.
But with the German injured and the Basque craftsman on the bench, it was down to Toni Kroos and an out-of-position Philipp Lahm to fill the void.