The Portuguese gaffer had established a strong bond with the players, delivering back-to-back English Premier League titles for the club.
However, in 2007, he was sacked by owner Roman Abramovic following a poor start to the season.
“It’s crazy, we all do all that. We all cried and were emotional and that,” he said on the Obi One Podcast.
“He left, then five minutes later, we were out on the training pitch and everyone’s laughing and joking. We just had to move on with it. After training, we started talking about it, but on the pitch, we had to get on with it,” he added.
Mourinho, after almost a year without a club, joined Inter Milan in 2008, going on to win an unprecedented treble in 2010.