Jose Mourinho named his best XI made up of players that he’s coached throughout his iconic career – but did not include any Manchester United players.
The Portuguese sensation has coached numerous clubs in England and abroad in recent years. Whilst not achieving the same level of success as previously – although he did win the Europa Conference League with Roma last season – at the peak of his powers, he cemented a legacy that football fans won’t ever forget.
‘The Special One’ proved that he had the managerial minerals to succeed with numerous teams. He won the Champions League with Inter Milan and Porto, and won domestic league titles in four different countries.
Furthermore, his unrivalled ability to motivate the players saw him enter the discussions for the greatest manager in football history.
His squad gave their all for him in every game; thus, he consistently cemented a winner’s mindset at every club he went to. Therefore, he had the opportunity to work with the greatest talent on the planet. But by the looks of things, he didn’t rate the players at Old Trafford in the highest possible bracket.
Jose Mourinho names best XI
The 59-year-old currently manages Roma, and despite a difficult start to life back in Italy, he eventually came up trumps. His side triumphed 1-0 over Feyenoord in the final of the Europa Conference League to give Mourinho his first piece of silverware since winning the Europa League with United.
In 2020, Mourinho was asked by Spanish outlet AS to name his all-time XI – and it’s an unbelievable side. Of course, Mourinho has another two years’ experience since then, but it would be hard to see any player breaking into this team.
With a reliable Petr Cech in goal, you can’t really go wrong. Furthermore, it’d be near impossible for strikers to a shot off with Javier Zanetti, John Terry, Ricardo Carvalho and William Gallas at the back.
His striking line-up, meanwhile, would leave any defender quaking in their boots. Mourinho has opted for the speed and strength of Cristiano Ronaldo and the goal-scoring ability of Didier Drogba. Whilst Ronaldo is now, of course, at Man United, Mourinho coached him at Real Madrid.
Here is the team in full:
- Goalkeeper – Petr Cech
- Defenders – Javier Zanetti, John Terry, Ricardo Carvalho, William Gallas
- Midfielders – Claude Makelele, Frank Lampard, Mesut Ozil, Eden Hazard
- Forwards – Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba
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