Wesley Sneijder reveals ‘crafty’ phone call from Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho
Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder reveals Jose Mourinho called him ahead of their Champions League last-16 encounter
Wesley Sneijder has revealed that he took a “crafty” phone call from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho ahead of the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Wednesday.
The Netherlands international played under Mourinho at Inter Milan in 2008/09, having an integral role in the San Siro outfit’s Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League triumphs.
He asked some crafty questions about team tactics, players, trying to obtain information, but he could not fool me
Sneijder was heavily linked with a potential switch to the west London side, who are currently top of the Premier League table, during the January transfer window.
And the 29-year-old midfielder lifted the lid on Mourinho’s attempts to procure information about Galatasaray from the former Real Madrid playmaker after the Champions League draw in December.
“Just two minutes after the draw, the phone rang and it was none other than Jose Mourinho,” Sneijder said.
“He asked some crafty questions about team tactics, players, trying to obtain information, but he could not fool me – I have played football for many years and know what is being asked and what to say.
“We will see how the team plays and if we can beat them.”
Galatasaray v Chelsea: Pre-match facts
• Didier Drogba was part of the Chelsea side that lifted the Champions League for the first time in 2011/12, scoring a late equaliser and then the decisive penalty in the final shoot-out against Bayern München in Munich on 19 May 2012. That was the Ivorian’s final kick for the club.
• Mourinho masterminded Chelsea’s sole round of 16 defeat between 2006/07 and 2011/12, as coach of Inter Milan in 2009/10.
• Sneijder played under Mourinho at Inter in 2009/10, helping eliminate Chelsea 3-1 on aggregate in the round of 16 on their way to lifting the trophy.
• Emmanuel Eboue was at Arsenal between 2005 and 2011, playing alongside Ashley Cole until 2006.