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Claude Makelele: Jose Mourinho gave Chelsea a winning mentality

Former Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele has been heaping praise on his former boss Jose Mourinho ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Manchester United.

‘I learnt a lot with Mourinho about being a competitor, about being focused on details and the consequences of your management’

Speaking before Saturday’s clash, Makelele told The Sun:

 “When I first arrived at Chelsea, I saw something that shocked me.

 “There were big teams, Manchester United and Arsenal, and all the time we would play them and I’d hear, ‘It’s going to be difficult’.

“What? We can’t beat Arsenal? My team-mates were insecure and that shocked me. When I saw this, I wanted to change it with my team-mates and say ‘No, this is possible’.

“We did change the mentality and, after, we beat them all the time and were fighting for the Premier League.

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“I learnt a lot with Mourinho about being a competitor, about being focused on details and the consequences of your management.

“He made me understand football in a different way. Football is not just happiness. He makes you understand about society, partnerships, fans, media, every detail. And that is more important than ever in football. You need to be in control of this.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 29: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United looks on ahead of the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at London Stadium on September 29, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Chelsea vs Manchester United

While Mourinho had great success during his time at Chelsea, he returns there this Saturday in dire need of a win.

Mourinho’s side are currently a dismal 8th in the Premier League table.

They are also already seven points off the top of the table and have one of the worst defences inside the top 15 Premier League teams.

Chelsea, on the other hand, sit joint top of the league with Manchester City and Liverpool.

They are also the only Premier League side to have not lost in all competitions this season.

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