Jose Mourinho may be criticised for bragging, but he never can be criticised for failing to entertain his public.
The Portuguese has reached five consecutive semi-finals of the Champions League: one with Inter Milan, three with Real Madrid and now a fifth with Chelsea. During that period he has given us countless enthralling vignettes and sub-plots, none more so than the last-gasp victory over Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge.
After falling to a 3-1 defeat in Paris last week, it looked almost impossible for the Londoners to progress from their quarter-final second leg. But Mourinho's side booked their place in the last four of Europe with Demba Ba netting at the death to secure a 2-0 win on the night, putting them through on away goals (3-3 aggregate).
Mourinho himself joined in the celebrations, completely ignoring the restrictions of his technical area to jump into the joyous mob of Chelsea players in one of the defining images of the season so far.
While Mourinho's team were completing their comeback, Los Blancos survived a dramatic scare to see off Borussia Dortmund despite losing 2-0 at Signal Iduna Park, having triumphed by three goals at Santiago Bernabeu.
The two results set up the prospect of Mourinho facing the club which he left in distressing circumstances to rejoin Chelsea last summer, with a Champions League final place at stake. At the same time, he could also silence some of the critics who heckled and hounded him out of Spain, and laugh at his inability to win the Champions League during his three years at the Bernabeu.
But 'The Special One' insists he does not care about the possibility of being drawn against his former club Real in the semi-finals, and isn't lusting for revenge.
Asked in his post-match interview whether he wants to face Real, Mourinho said after a pause: "Do I want to face Real Madrid in the semi-finals? No, not really. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico, Bayern, and Manchester – it doesn't matter.
"We are in the semi-finals and if the quarter-finals had eight fantastic teams, imagine the four that are going to reach the semi-finals. Anything can happen.
"A big opponent is waiting for us in the semi-final, but I think it doesn't matter who. They [our opponents] know that we are a team with a special spirit, even if we are not in the maximum of our potential.
"We have to enjoy to play against the great opponent waiting for us."