Makelele explains how Mourinho changed Chelsea

first_imgFrench former midfielder Makelele, opened up about his experience when he first arrived at Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea after being rejected by Real Madrid.In modern football, there are very few defensive midfielders like Claude Makelele, the Real Madrid and Chelsea former footballer who mesmerized Jose Mourinho enough to make him the most important player in that position at the Blues.It was right after Florentino Perez had decided that the Frenchman didn’t have enough swagger to be a part of his Galacticos at Real Madrid and the Portuguese manager saw the unique opportunity to bring one of the best players in the world on that position.Chelsea would transform into one of the best clubs in the world with Makelele as one of their most vital components, as he was one of the main responsible for this dramatic overnight transformation.With Arsenal and Manchester United fighting for supremacy, Roman Abramovic’s decision to buy the Blues changed the Premier League’s landscape almost instantly and Claude was there during the whole process.But the former player who is now a manager for top-flight Belgian side KAS Eupen, a squad which Makelele rescued from relegation last season and is now playing top-tier football thanks to him.EXCLUSIVE: Claude Makelele says players were insecure before Jose Mourinho arrived and turned them into winner | @mcgrathmike https://t.co/IcORmDkmD8— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) October 19, 2018The man’s experience at Chelsea and Real Madrid, was the main source of inspiration he got to become a manager.With Los Blancos, the Frenchman learned from mythical boss Vicente del Bosque with whom he won the UEFA Champions League in 2002.After leaving for Chelsea, he then encountered Jose Mourinho and his experience in England was even more rewarding because he was essentially coming to a club that wasn’t considered among the best at the time.Claude’s tale of how all the Chelsea players needed to work on their self-confidence reveal how much work Jose Mourinho did with them when he first arrived.Also, when he started playing against his teammates from Arsenal, Makelele didn’t think the Blues could reach that level but the manager made sure he changed his mind faster than he could’ve imagined.There have been several accounts of how great of a manager Jose Mourinho has been in the past, but this one that Claude Makelele made during an interview with The Sun is way more revealing than most of the ones we have encountered during these past two weeks.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.Claude Makelele: Jose Mourinho turned Chelsea into winners https://t.co/yuaf7rUFWY pic.twitter.com/sgW9dkQ6l1— breakingnews nigeria (@breakingnewsnig) October 19, 2018“When I first arrived at Chelsea, I saw something that shocked me. 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’,” said Makelele during the interview.“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.”“I understood my team-mates — Arsenal won with Thierry Henry scoring and with Patrick Vieira. But they were my friends and I played with them for the national team and I wouldn’t be afraid.”“When I saw this, I wanted to change it with my team-mates and say ‘No, this is possible’. We did change the mentality and, after, we beat them all the time and were fighting for the Premier League.”“I learned 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.”Jose Mourinho turned Chelsea into winners – Claude Makelele https://t.co/WJELOsVXAK pic.twitter.com/TOEdVepzUE— Futball Select (@futballselect) October 19, 2018How big of a chance does Jose Mourinho have to rescue back the season at Manchester United? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img

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