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6 Football players who have had problems with Jose Mourinho 

  • 6 Football players who have had problems with Jose Mourinho
Pravir Rai
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Modified 02 Sep 2018, 13:43 IST


The managers in the football world enjoy the special position accorded to them by players and fans. They command respect, fame, and money. Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, and others enjoyed cult status. They had their share of friendship and animosity with the players.

There were several instances when the managers and the players did not get along well with each other. Dante had a problem with Pep; Anelka fought with Domenech; Wayne Rooney had an acrimonious relationship with David Moyes and so on.

We will discuss 6 football players who had a problem with Jose Mourinho.

#1. William Gallas

Gallas resting on the field

Gallas played for Chelsea before he moved to Arsenal in 2006. He clashed with Jose because they gave his No.13 shirt to Michael Ballack.

William felt that No.13 suited him and became an extension of his personality. When Jose gave that shirt to Ballack, he felt cheated and left the club.

In an interview, Gallas said: “In retrospect, I think we did not understand each other. It’s a great pity, as we had the same common goal: to win trophies.”

#2. Eden Hazard

Eden and Jose discussing on the field

They noticed the first sign of their acrimony when Jose took off Eden in a champions trophy match against Porto. Eden was the key player in providing Chelsea, the 2-0 lead. He was unhappy and shrugged off Jose, which audiences and the team members noticed.

Later, when Eden was struggling from his hip injury in a match against Leicester City, Mourinho coaxed him into playing which he did not like.

During one of the team meetings, Mourinho told him: “You’re not good enough for the top. I must sell you.” This has caused a massive rift between the two greats of the game.

#3. Paul Pogba

Jose ins
Jose instructing Paul

Paul played a huge role in France winning the World Cup this year. Manchester United bought him for £89million in 2016. The problem started when they did not pick him in all the club games last season. Pogba could not play to his potential.

Some players claim Jose was unsure of his dedication and commitment to the club. He tried various playing position for Paul, but could not extract the best out of him.

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Published 02 Sep 2018, 13:43 IST
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