Arsenal legend and now current Sky Sports representative Thierry Henry was busy before the Super Sunday mega clash between Manchester United and Chelsea as he caught up with Diego Costa to conduct an interview with the striker before he faces his old manager as an opponent this time around.
Mourinho was the boss at Stamford Bridge who bought Spanish striker Diego Costa to London in 2014, and it took no time for the player to bag in 20 goals during his debut season and in doing so help guide the team League Title success in that year.
Despite Mourinho falling apart with his players in 2015 and eventually being axed, he is still thanked and remembered fondly by Costa as his words suggested during the interview.
When questioned on the topic by Henry, the forward had the following reply, “In all honesty I always tell people that I am grateful to Mourinho because he helped me a lot. As a player when you want to improve you always look for the best coach and Mourinho is one of the best. I wanted to come to Chelsea because of Mourinho. When I considered Chelsea I thought about the fact that Mourinho was here.”
While speaking his heart out in favour of the Portuguese boss, Costa further added, “He helped me a lot and then what happened is that the following season didn’t go well, these things that happen, but the truth is that Mourinho helped me a lot to improve as a player.”
It is fair to say Costa has unconditional respect and love for Mourinho as a man and manager, but that will have to be kept on one side as he travels with Chelsea to Old Trafford on Sunday in hopes of taking down Mourinho’s men and inching towards yet another crown.