Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers says Jose Mourinho is one of the greatest managers of his generation.
for the first leg of their Europa Conference League semi-final on Thursday.
Brenden Rodgers who was head of youth development atChelsea
during Mourinho's first spell in charge believes the Portuguese manager has nothing to prove.
"He has nothing to prove to anyone. He will always be a winner,"
Rodgers said at his pre-match news conference on Wednesday.
"I cannot speak any higher of him. He is one of the greats of our generation. I have got nothing but admiration for him.
"I became a manager in my own right but I'll never forget what I gained from him as a young coach. I studied him and watched him and at that time it was a really special period."
Rodgers said Mourinho who has won 25 trophies in four different countries is one of the best.
"He had the X factor, there isn't one single thing. He was brilliant in so many aspects of the game.
"Detail-orientated, man-management of the players, his understanding of the tactical adaptation of the game, he had that special quality I was able to see.”
Leicester's manager insists his players want to win Europa Conference League this season.
"It's a prestigious competition, all four teams will want to win it,"
"It's a fantastic occasion against a top-class team. To get to the final we will do everything we can. It's another symbol of our growth as a club."
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