Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is serial winner, says Liverpool legend
Jamie Carragher lavishes praise on Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Jamie Carragher has described Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as a “serial winner”.
The Blues are six points clear of defending champions Manchester City after the west London side beat Tottenham Hotspur midweek to extend their unbeaten run to a club record-equalling 23 games.
Part of Mourinho’s magic is the ability to get more out of players who are already at the club when he arrives
And Liverpool legend Carragher is impressed by Mourinho’s impact on his return to Stamford Bridge, highlighting how the Blues boss has broken Manchester’s stranglehold on the title.
“While Chelsea appointed the biggest managerial name in the world, there was no guarantee that there would be a sudden transformation in their fortunes,” Carragher wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“So what Mourinho has done over the last 18 months is shining example of why he is a serial winner, a demonstration of his talent. Chelsea, it needs pointing out, hadn’t been in a title race since they won it under Carlo Ancelotti in 2010, finishing second, nine points adrift (10-11), sixth (11-12) and third (12-13).
“The championship had become the city of Manchester’s property, with Liverpool getting closer than anybody to wrestling it away. The main action at the end of the campaign had been going on without Chelsea.”
Carragher praised Mourinho’s ability to get the best out of players already at the club, as well as moving out key personnel, who have become surplus to requirements.
“Part of Mourinho’s magic is the ability to get more out of players who are already at the club when he arrives. John Terry, Frank Lampard and Eidur Gudjohnson were the first examples, Cesar Azpilicueta and Eden Hazard providing the evidence this time,” Carragher continued.
He added: “What makes this transition even more impressive is that he has been able phase out key figures such as Petr Cech, Lampard and Ashley Cole, with minimal fuss and no disruption to results. It has been so seamless, it is like he has never been away.”