Former super eagles captain John Mikel obi has opened up about his relationship with his former boss at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho.
Jose Mourinho purchased mikel obi during his early first coming at Stamford Bridge from Lyn Oslo in 2006 following his sterling performance at the youth World cup in 2005, and converted him from a playmaker to a defensive midfielder.
But two red cards issued against Mikel in a match against reading in 2007, was the beginning of the end for mikel obi as he was restricted to just 63 minutes of action in Chelsea’s next fifteen games in the Premier League.
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”Jose Mourinho didn’t play me for months after two red cards I saw for the first time. Then we had a great relationship with him. He was the one who brought me to the club,” Mikel said in an interview with Trabzonspor’s
official magazine, as quoted via 61 Saat.
”Coaching is a very difficult job because you have to deal with a lot of high ego. You should be able to control and fight the big names with high ego.
”Jose Mourinho is one of the best technicians who do this. He is very successful both tactically and in terms of human relations. Even now we have a great relationship with him. You know Jose Mourinho. He’s his own person.”
Mikel spent more than a decade at Chelsea and was part of the squad that won a Champions League crown, the Europa
League, two Premier League titles and four FA Cups.