Writer: HGH Magic
Date:Friday October 18 2013
Two-time Champions League winner and one of the most gracious technicians to don our royal blue shirt, Anderson Luis de Souza, commonly known as Deco, has told whoever never had prior knowledge that our manager, the Special One, is the best coach in the world he has ever worked with!
The now retired 36-year-old Portuguese maverick midfielder has worked with a plethora of world class coaches throughout his successful career such as Phil Scolari who brought him to Chelsea in 2008, Carlo Ancelotti with whom he won the Barclays Premiership in 2010, Dutch legend Frank Rijkaard at Barcelona where he won his second Champions League medal in 2006 - two years after winning it with Jose Mourinho at FC Porto - and a couple of others in his junior days.
But among this lot it is Mourinho that earns his most glowing tributes and ultimate respect.
Fielding questions in an interview with Barcelona paper Mundo Deportivo (sweet comeuppance for those who know the drill...), the erstwhile Barcelona midfield dynamo and Ronaldinho 'partner-in-crime' said,
'As far as strategy goes Mourinho is the best coach I have worked with. He convinces you that if you do what he tells you to do it will bring results and it does.
'Working with Mourinho was incredible. I learned so much. It was a long time ago and some people say he has changed a lot, others that he hasn`t changed at all.
'He turned Madrid into a very effective team. They were different to Barcelona aesthetically but in terms of efficiency they were very effective.
'For everything that they say about him, he put Real Madrid at the same level as the best ever Barcelona side.'
Continuing, he added:
'Scolari is another coach who convinces players with what he tells them. And I learned a lot of things about the 'Italian school` of playing from Ancelotti.
"[As for Rijkaard] I have never seen a coach, who having been a great player, was still able to put himself beneath his players. That is very rare in football...but Mourinho is the best'
Well, while this writer is yet to see a former Mourinho player who has had differing opinions or negative reviews about the man, his methods and tactics, unparalleled dedication to details and his unrivaled excellent man-management skills, and the works, it gets all the more interesting to see what the man popularly regarded as the best coach in the business does with his latest constellation of stars dotting the SW6 galaxy - from the Kevin De Bruynes through the Thorgan Hazards straight to the Ruben Loftus-Cheeks of this club.
What are your views, True Blues? Do you think these youngsters, at the end of their respective careers, still regard the Special One as the best coach in the world?
Date:Friday October 18 2013
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