When one thinks of the name ‘Jose Mourinho’, heated press conferences and controversial quotes are what they are reminded of. But behind that malicious and ignorant looking attitude, turns out there’s a man of good heart.
This is something Liverpool’s new-found talisman Mohamed Salah would know very well, despite suffering an out-of-favour stint under the Portuguese at Stamford Bridge. And it’s not just the Egyptian either.
Mourinho’s second spell as Chelsea manager spanned through two very contrasting seasons – one where he led the Blues to a domestic double, and the other where he left them with a very real relegation threat.
The former Real Madrid boss was eventually sacked, but the reason behind that boiled down to poor run of form and the sale of talented players after using them inefficiently.
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Moreover, with most of these players, including the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Andre Schurrle, and Juan Mata flourishing later on, the United boss’ case had little justification.
One of these players was Salah, who made just 3 substitute appearances for the Londoners during the 2014/15 season before being loaned out to Fiorentina.
However, the Portuguese boss made sure none of his players were left disappointed, and did not care for any loss from his pocket when doing so.
“Not all of them will get an official medal. But yes, we are going to buy medals,” the 55-year-old said back in 2015 (via Liverpool Echo).
“Schurrle, Salah, Schwarzer, Lewis Baker… all of them who started the season with us. They have been invited to the last match and the Player of the Year dinner. They belong to us.”
This side of the United tactician is hardly spoken about, which seems unfair, but it does come through as a surprise, as his aggressive attitude towards criticism dominates his personality traits.