Brendan Rodgers leading Leicester to the top quarter of the Premier League has not surprised Jose Mourinho.
boss used to be an academy coach in the mid-2000s, when
was in charge ofChelsea
and the two have had a good relationship ever since.
Rodgers has been a great mentor forLiverpool
before joining Leicester in 2019. On Sunday, Rodger’s side will go againstTottenham Hotspurs
and a victory will put the Foxes past Spurs.
I’m not impressed, I know how good he is,
” Mourinho said. “
When I met him as a young coach in the academy, and coming to join us in the first team and sharing with us many moments, I understood that he was a young guy with a great future.
“So anything he’s doing in his career is not a surprise for me, not at all. He’s very talented, he was and probably still is a guy who likes to study, learn and improve. He’s creative, he knows what he wants.
“He’s a very good coach. Period. He’s a very good coach so it’s not a surprise for me.”
Mourinho reveals how difficult it is for him to go into battle with an old friend.
Honestly, after the game when I play against my friends, when I win or my team wins of course I’m happy, of course I’m very happy, but there is a space for feeling sorry for your friends and the opposite I believe it is exactly the same,
” he said.
So for example with Manchester United, when I beat, we beat Middlesbrough, where my brother (Aitor) Karanka was on the other side, I was very happy.
“I jumped, we scored in the last minute. I was sorry for my brother.
“When (Carlo) Ancelotti at Everton, they won against us. I believe that Carlo was super happy but I also believe that inside of him was a little bit of space for, ‘I’m sorry for Jose’.
“So I think this happens. Not before the game, not during the game but after the game that between people that have strong connections I believe there is that little space.
“I think you understand what I mean about that. No friends during the game but friends after the game so there is space for these feelings.”