Mikel Obi Discloses De Bruyne and Salah’s Struggles With Mourinho During Their Time With Chelsea

Mikel Obi Discloses De Bruyne and Salah’s Struggles With Mourinho During Their Time With Chelsea

Raphael Abiola
updated at November 2, 2023 at 8:36 AM
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  • John Mikel Obi has narrated the issues Mohamed Salah and Kevin de Bruyne faced at Chelsea
  • The duo had short stints with the Blues between 2012 and 2016 under Jose Mourinho
  • Both players went on to be successful at different clubs in the English Premier League

Super Eagles legend, John Mikel Obi has thrown more light on the challenges that Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah and Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne faced during their time at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho.

Salah and De Bruyne are rated as two of the best players in the English Premier League presently, but that was not the case when both players first moved to the league.

They both had short stints with the Blues between 2015 and 2016 before they left on loan and later on permanent deals.

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Mikel Obi narrates the challenges Mohamed Salah and Kevin de Bruyne face at Chelsea. Photo: Mike Hewitt/Darren Walsh.
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Former Nigeria national team captain, Mikel Obi, during the Obi One Podcast, shared the issues that both players faced during their time with the London side, according to Soccernet.

On De Bruyne, the former Chelsea midfielder claimed that the Belgian's attitude during training hindered his progress at the club.

"I think De Bruyne wasn’t the best trainer back then," he said.
"He was somebody that comes to training and probably because he wasn’t playing that much, always having his head down, always angry and sulking."

Mikel admitted that the strict approach from Mourinho affected both players.

"They [Salah and De Bruyne] were so unlucky that the boss, Mourinho, then didn’t take any prisoners," he added.

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Mikel hails Ancelotti's man management

Sports Brief earlier reported that Mikel named Carlo Ancelotti as the best man-manager he had at Chelsea, having played under 11 different managers in London.

During the Italian's reign at Chelsea, Obi enjoyed active playing time as Ancelotti gave the Nigerian enough time to exhibit his talent on the pitch.

The ex-Super Eagles captain explained that Ancelotti was a calm manager and a gaffer who would never shout at players.

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Raphael Abiola is a Nigerian Sports Journalist with over five years of experience. He obtained a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2015.
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