World Cup winner hails Mourinho for improving him ‘as a person’

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Dom Le Roy

There have been some question marks raised over Jose Mourinho’s man-management skills (talkSPORT) over the past few years particularly due to his high-profile falling out with Paul Pogba at Manchester United as well as his strained relationship with Tanguy Ndombele at Spurs.

However, some would argue that it is rather unfair to Mourinho considering the Portuguese coach was particularly known for his man-management ability in the early part of his career.

John Terry recently revealed how the dressing room were in tears when he left Chelsea for the first time (Sky Sports), while Deco has also hailed the relationship which the special one had with his players at Porto (Esporte Interativo).

The camaraderie that Mourinho built with his players during his brief but extremely successful spell at Inter Milan has also been well documented (The Sun).

Sami Khedira, who Mourinho managed at Real Madrid has now become the latest star to hail the Spurs head coach for getting the best out of him.

The German international revealed that he still maintains a good relationship with the 57-year-old.

Khedira said on Instagram (as relayed by Goal): “The most impressive person as a coach and person is Jose Mourinho because in fact he trusted me.

“The biggest step in my career from Stuttgart to Real Madrid after World Cup 2010 and he taught me a lot of technical stuff but also improved me as a person, he trusted me.

“I still have an amazing relationship with him, I’m still in contact with him and I follow him as a coach and as a person and that’s why I choose Jose Mourinho.”

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While one can understand criticism of Jose’s tactical approach to certain games, I struggle to see how fans can accuse him of lacking man-management skills. He has proven throughout his career that he is the master at player psychology and pushing the right buttons to get the best out of different individuals.

Even his decisions to criticise some players publicly is usually a deliberate ploy rather than being random outbursts. It will be interesting to see if he does manage to get the best out of Ndombele next season. It will certainly be a big test for him.

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