Jose Mourinho Names the 8 Players He Enjoyed Coaching the Most During His Career

Jose Mourinho Names the 8 Players He Enjoyed Coaching the Most During His Career

Fred Kennedy
February 16, 2024 at 4:06 AM
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  • Jose Mourinho has coached a number of top teams across Europe
  • This has seen the tactician manage a string of world-class players
  • Ronaldo, Terry, and Lampard are among his top players coached

Jose Mourinho has listed the players he enjoyed coaching the most during his managerial career.

The Portuguese has had the rare privilege of coaching some of the best players in the world throughout his coaching journey, spanning more than 20 years.

The 61-year-old was afforded this opportunity from managing top clubs in the world, including Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Inter Milan.

Jose Mourinho claps his hands during the UEFA Conference League semi-final second leg football match between AS Roma and Leicester City. Photo by Isabella Bonotto.
Jose Mourinho claps his hands during the UEFA Conference League semi-final second-leg football match between AS Roma and Leicester City. Photo by Isabella Bonotto.
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According to SPORTbible, the likes of Frank Lampard, John Terry, and Didier Drogba are among the best players he managed when he moved to the Premier League.

He later coached the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos after he moved to Real Madrid.

Mourinho lists the best players he has managed

The Special One had a sit down with Rio Ferdinand on VIBE with FIVE podcast, where he opened up on the best players he has coached.

The veteran manager included Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay in his list, describing the academy graduate as 'my boy.'

"When I look to Scott McTominay... Pogba was on the bench and I played him in Seville. He is my boy. When I go from club to club, I find my boys. And they will always be my boys," Mourinho disclosed.
"Then there are the big stars. My captains. [John] Terry, [Javier] Zanetti and Jorge Costa.
"Then there are the stars that make the difference, even when people think you are the genius. You are not the genius. They are. They win matches for you. Cristiano [Ronaldo], [Karim] Benzema, [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic and Didier [Drogba]. They make you feel like a genius," he added.

Mourinho says African players are special

Elsewhere, Sports Brief reported on Mourinho detailing why African players are special.

The Portuguese has had a number of African footballers playing for him, including the likes of Salomon Kalou and Michael Essien.

Former Nigeria international John Obi Mikel is also among the players who have turned out for the Portuguese.

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