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John Obi Mikel Shares How Chelsea Players 'Cried' Following Jose Mourinho's Sacking
- John Obi Mikel has opened up on the sacking of Jose Mourinho
- The former Nigeria captain played under Mourinho during his time at Chelsea
- Mourinho had two spells at the London club, winning multiple league titles
Former Nigeria captain, John Obi Mikel, has disclosed how Chelsea players were left emotional following the first sacking of Jose Mourinho at the London club.
The Portuguese gaffer had established a strong bond with the players, delivering back-to-back English Premier League titles for the club.
However, in 2007, he was sacked by owner Roman Abramovic following a poor start to the season.
“It’s crazy, we all do all that. We all cried and were emotional and that," he said on the Obi One Podcast.
"He left, then five minutes later, we were out on the training pitch and everyone’s laughing and joking. We just had to move on with it. After training, we started talking about it, but on the pitch, we had to get on with it," he added.
Mourinho, after almost a year without a club, joined Inter Milan in 2008, going on to win an unprecedented treble in 2010.
He left for Real Madrid at the end of the 2010 season, spending three years in Spain before returning to England to rejoin Chelsea, per transfermarkt.
Obi Mikel played in both spells under Mourinho, spending over a decade at Chelsea.
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The former Chelsea star faced both players during his playing days and insists one is 'miles' ahead of the other.
Messi and Ronaldo shared 13 Ballon d'Ors, with the Argentine winning his eighth early this month in Paris.