Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho would not tolerate a player who put inside the level of effort he used to in his younger years.
Jose Mourinho admits he used to be as soon as a lazy and worsening player of the sort he would immediately get rid of on a unfastened transfer now that he is a successful manager.
The Tottenham boss, an undistinguished midfielder in his playing days, used to be as soon as asked about comments made via Baltemar Brito, his team-mate at Rio Ave between 1980 and 1982.
Brito, who used to be as soon as moreover part of Mourinho’s coaching teams at Uniao de Leiria, Porto and Chelsea, steered in an interview that his colleague used to be as soon as stressful, moaned such a lot and used to be as soon as lazy in his playing days.
But quite than contest the evaluate, the Portuguese, who has lengthy long gone on to achieve considerably further excellent fortune as a manager, completely agreed when Brito’s views had been put to him at Spurs’ knowledge conference previous to going via Burnley on Saturday.
“Me as a player? Correct – absolutely correct,” he said of Brito’s comments.
Asked what Mourinho the manager would do with Mourinho the player, the 57-year-old gave a excellent response.
He said: “I wouldn’t play him. I wouldn’t play him. That’s so easy. Offered [to other clubs], take him! Take him for free!”
Time to refocus.
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Brito had outlined that Mourinho, reverse to standard consider, used to be as soon as not lacking in ability.
But he felt Mourinho’s mindset held him once more, telling Bleacher Report: “He used to be as soon as an attacking midfielder, normally playing behind the target man.
“He had great ability, alternatively what will have held him once more is that he already had his lifestyles sorted by hook or by crook at the time – his mother used to be as soon as a trainer, his father, a teacher.
“Our affect used to be as soon as that football used to be as soon as like a interest for him.
“Although he cherished playing it, he used to be as soon as rather lazy, he didn’t art work as hard as he will have to have carried out physically. He did what he had to do and that used to be as soon as it. He didn’t transfer the extra mile.
“He wanted the straightforward lifestyles, to have the ball at his toes; he used to be as soon as not ready to talk over with fight for that. Perhaps, that’s what stopped him from being a better footballer.
“I don’t assume he were given right here to Vila do Conde to play, alternatively quite to spend some time at a Portuguese league club, have this revel in and in addition kill some time while his school plans had been on hang.
“He wasn’t there to battle for a place inside the team – he didn’t have that ambition.
“Mourinho bagged a lot of goals for the reserves. He was always asking for the ball. When we didn’t pass it to him, he moaned a lot – he was a bit annoying on the field.”