News: Messi Made Me A Better Coach – Mourinho
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‘Messi made me a better Coach’; says Mourinho who is grateful to Lionel Messi because the Barcelona star helped make him a better coach, though the Argentine sensation has never been coached by the Portuguese, the two have been on opposite sides several times as Barcelona lined up against Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid while Jose Mourinho was in charge.
However, the 56-year-old insisted that he is indebted to the the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, as coming up against him has been vital in helping him progress as a manager. First, it was Cristiano Ronaldo who claimed that Messi made him a better player amid Uefa Award giving day.
“I always say that I owe so much to my players, and to those who haven’t been my players but those who created problems for me,” Mourinho told EFE .
“For example, Messi never played for my team, but he played against me and he has made me a better coach for having to prepare matches [to stop him].
“When I say Messi, I also mean the other great players I’ve faced.”
Mourinho has been out of management since he was sacked by Manchester United in December. While he may not be working in the Premier League this season, he is excited to see how his former teams and rivals fare in the current campaign.
“In the beginning of the season I was saying [Manchester] City, Liverpool and Tottenham will fight for the title,” he added.
“I can risk it a little bit and say for me Tottenham is the third best team in the league and City and Liverpool are going to fight for the title. They are the two strongest teams, the two strongest squads. I think Tottenham are a little bit behind.
“Then, between Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal have to be fighting for fourth, but they will be looking back with a little bit of fear and a little bit of respect, because thanks to the investments by Everton and Leicester, they can be there pushing, trying to get into the top six.
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