Mourinho The Special One? Samuel Eto’o Does Not Think So


At first, it was Paul Pogba who thinks Manchester United could be cursed and now former Chelsea player, Samuel Eto’o believes the renowned Portuguese, José Mourinho is gradually losing his ‘magic wand’ as a football coach.

As Manchester United continues to struggle under management of Mourinho, not only Eto’o but commentators, fans and observers are also wondering why the ‘special one’ who is regarded as one of the best managers in the world is yet to restore his present club, Manchester United back to the top of the English game as expected.

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Recall that Mourinho had signed Eto’o twice – first at Inter Milan, then at Chelsea, during the Cameroonian’s glittering football career. Before he announced his retirement from international football on 27 August 2014, the Antalyaspor striker helped the former Chelsea coach win a famous treble while in Italy.

during the UEFA Champions League Final match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Inter Milan at Bernabeu on May 22, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.
Eto’o and Mourino during the UEFA Champions League Final match

Voicing his opinion of how Mourinho has changed since assuming the position as coach at the Old Trafford, Eto’o insisted his former coach needs to abandon his once-successful defensive brand of football.

The Cameroonian said:

“Jose has changed. I knew someone exceptional at Inter. At Chelsea, it was already difficult, but he has further evolved.

“Today, you have to want to play football, to play your men. We cannot continually defend. Football is not that.

“Listen, I have nothing against José. He is capable of taking someone and telling them ‘you’re the best’, and he will make them have a very good match. But football evolves.”

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Samuel Eto’o added that Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola has everything to succeed in the Premier League. According to him “Guardiola is the best coach in the world.”

Despite leading Chelsea to win several titles and champions league, the Portuguese tactician had suffered humiliation in 2015 after he was sacked by the West London-based club for the second time.