Claude Makelele: 'Mourinho made me understand football is not just happiness'
- Former Chelsea midfielder shares the details of his work with Mourinho in the 2000s
- Makelele says it was Mourinho who fostered the winning mentality in Chelsea players
- Frenchman claims the Blues were very timid before 'The Special One' arrived at the Stamford Bridge
Claude Makelele, who had joined the Blues before Jose Mourinho, compares the atmosphere in the club before and after Jose was appointed as a head manager. He told The Sun, that he was absolutely shocked when he first walked into Chelsea's dressing room – nobody had their confidence on a level:
“There were big teams, Manchester United and Arsenal, and all the time we would play them and I’d hear, ‘F***ing hell, it’s going to be difficult’. What? We can’t beat Arsenal? My team-mates were insecure and that shocked me, I had come from Real Madrid where I won everything."
Ex-France national reveals that Chelsea managed to gain winning spirit thanks to Mourinho:
“I learnt a lot with Mourinho about being a competitor, about being focused on details and the consequences of your management. He made me understand football in a different way. Football is not just happiness. He makes you understand about society, partnerships, fans, media, every detail. And that is more important than ever in football. You need to be in control of this.”
Currently, Mourinho is under great pressure at Man United, yet more and more of his former players praise him for his work. Hopefully, that might change the situation in the club and help the Red Devils get back on the winning track.