Then there was assistant manager Rui Faria. Despite the April weather Faria elected to try out a new look, with a rather ill fitting beanie which he sported for the duration of the game. Eagle eyed observers also noted that he had developed a habit of touching his right ear. There were even times when Faria’s ear touching would be followed by him turning to Luoro before the latter would disappear down the tunnel. Was Mourinho communicating with Faria via earpiece?
For Mourinho, however, his task was far from complete. Sure, it had been easy to sneak into an empty Stamford Bridge some nine hours earlier. But exiting the ground undetected would prove a far bigger challenge. With corridors full of UEFA officials it was clear that concealment was key. Luckily Mourinho, along with kit-man Stewart Bannister, had concocted a plan. The Chelsea manager was to be wheeled out of the building in a large, metal, laundry basket. I’ll let Mourinho tell this bit.
"The kit man put me in the basket. It was a little bit open so I could breathe. But when he is taking it outside the dressing room, the UEFA guys were following and desperate to find me so he closed the box and I couldn't breathe! When he opened the box I was dying! I am serious! I was claustrophobic, I promise! It's true!"