German midfielder Michael Ballack, was asked about Jose Mourinho’s methods with the players and confessed how challenging it is to work with him.
Every single time people see Jose Mourinho on his purest state of mind, is mostly when things are working out for him and players like Michael Ballack know what it’s like to live his methods on a daily basis.
During his time as a player, Michael shared a locker room with Jose Mourinho during his the manager’s final year with the Blues.
With all the criticism that he’s been getting from former players, Ballack doesn’t seem to understand why this happens because most of the players who were under his command mostly speak wonders about him.
The way in which he connects with most of the players he coaches, makes Jose Mourinho one of the best managers in the game today.
Now that the storm seems to have finally passed, it’s pretty clear that even players like Paul Pogba have managed to work out any differences they had with the manager and they are all looking forward to the season that is still young for everybody.
Even for Ballack who played only for a year with him, it’s easy to analyze the Jose Mourinho way and easy to understand which players are the ones who can’t last for long with this specific manager.
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“If you work with Jose Mourinho, you have character and you’re strong – you should enjoy it,” Ballack told Four Four Two.
“I enjoyed it, because it was always challenging. I don’t want to say that he will test you, but if he criticizes players, he’s doing that for a reason,” Ballack explained.
“It’s not unusual for a coach to criticize players in the media – it doesn’t matter who it is. For high-paid players, it’s your job and you have to deal with criticism, even from a coach.”
“Sometimes players are so sensitive because they’re mostly superstars, but they’re part of a team. They have to understand how a team works and how to be successful in a team.”
“Sometimes I had to personally step back a bit and if I got criticized, it was sometimes not against me. It’s a normal process. Don’t pay too much attention to that and [don’t] take it personally.”
“Of course, big players are involved so sometimes it’s a difficult situation, if it’s Pogba and Mourinho.”
“But from my experience of how he handles relationships with big players, with the leaders in the team, Mourinho is experienced and he knows to handle these kinds of players; how to support them.”
“He knows that if he wants to be successful, he needs the big players behind him. He’s handled them in the past because he had success – he won the Champions League with two different teams, he won the league in different countries. There aren’t many coaches who have that experience.”
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“I always felt in the relationship we had at Chelsea, if he feels the support from the fans, he pays that back and he pays it back with everything he has,” added the German former player.
“It sometimes isn’t easy under him, but he knows how to win matches and he knows how to handle difficult situations – even if some people love him and some people don’t.”
“What’s important for him is that the club and the people he works with support him, and there’s trust. That’s really important for him to be successful. Sometimes there’s a difficult situation and sometimes he’s not easy but this is part of Jose Mourinho; that’s what you get if you appoint him. There are always strong personalities at big clubs, especially Manchester United, and they should handle that.”
“United are a big club with big ambitions and big history, and since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped back it’s not been easy for the coaches after him to maintain the mentality of his generation. Mourinho is a coach who normally delivers that – he’s a winner and has a winning mentality, with all of his characteristics as a person.”
“You have to deal with him, and as a club and as players, you have to find a good relationship with him. If you appoint Mourinho, you know what you get. You have to be 100 percent committed to his way and you have to accept that. Even if sometimes it’s difficult, you know it can be really successful.”
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