Willian has admitted that Jose Mourinho is the best coach he has had in his footballing career, admitting that he learned a lot during the time he spent with the current Tottenham Hotspur boss at Stamford Bridge.
It was during Mourinho’s time at Chelsea that the Blues brought Willian to the Premier League from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.
The Brazilian proved to be a very successful acquisition for the West London club, going on to win two league titles in the seven years he spent at Stamford Bridge.
Willian was heavily linked with a move to Spurs during last summer’s transfer window after his contract with Chelsea ran down, with Mundo Deportivo even establishing the Lilywhites as the favourites for his signature at one point (Mundo Deportivo).
However, it was Arsenal who snapped up the 32-year-old in the summer and the winger is yet to hit the expected heights for the Gunners.
Willian admitted that among the coaches he has worked with so far, it was Mourinho who made the biggest impression on him.
The Arsenal star told The Sun: “I always say that the best coach I had was Mourinho. I always say that.
“I think I learned a lot from him, he was a coach that gave me a lot of confidence when I was coming from Russia. Arriving at Chelsea with many players in my position.
“There were a lot of players in front of me and he ended up betting on me.
“And I learned a lot from him on a daily basis, the way he gives the meetings. The way he speaks.
“Anyway, even the way to encourage players too. The way to motivate to be able to always play at a high level. So he was really a coach that I learned a lot and without a doubt, he was the best I had.”
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Looking at Willian’s struggles at the Emirates this season, it is clear that we dodged a major bullet by not pushing ahead with a move for the Brazilian. By the sounds of things, it certainly appears as if the former Chelsea man would not have turned down the opportunity to reunite with Mourinho.
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