Few remember that Mohamed Salah y Kevin De Bruyne they played in Chelsea. Two of the best footballers of recent years came to the blue team as promising youngsters, but they could never adapt to the team’s coach at the time, José Mourinho, and for this reason they soon left the institution. Now, a footballer from that team told what happened between these two current Premier League figures and the Portuguese.
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Former Nigerian footballer John Obi Mikel talked to the program Dubai Eye and recalled an episode that forever marked the Egyptian footballer who now shines in Liverpool. It was during a duel against Norwich in the 2014 season when the coach got angry with him for his performance: “I think (Salah) was having a bad game and then obviously Mourinho came in and attacked him. He was crying, and what happened is that (Mourinho) didn’t let him get back on the pitch in the second half. It would have been easy to take him out and tell him ‘you’re not playing well, go, sit down, you’re not going back on the field.’ But he tore it apart and took it away”.
Salah was only a year in Chelsea in 2014 and was part of the squad that won the Premier League, despite only playing 10 games. Coming from Basel in Switzerland, the African could not adapt to Mourinho’s game and after 19 games and two goals he left for Fiorentina.
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Something similar happened with Kevin De Bruyne, who landed at Stamford Bridge in 2013 and barely played nine games before going to Wolfsburg. “Kevin was always a mischievous guy, he was always alone, he was always in a bad mood, he was always in a bad mood. You could never get anything out of him. But now when I see him play… what a joy. What a joy to see,” he said. Obi Mikel.
In that second period of Mourinho in ChelseaAfter his brilliant first spell in which he was a two-time Premier League champion, the Portuguese coach was unable to engage young talents such as Salah, De Bruyne and Lukaku, who later became stars even in that same league. Obi Mikel He is still surprised by this: “What they have become now, the best players in the world, it is incredible to see. They have become physically stronger, they have become faster. I don’t know what happened to them!”
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