Best I ever had: Ibrahimovic hails Mourinho as ‘most intelligent’ coach in the world

by Mark Bassey

Chelsea FC coach, Jose Mourinho has gotten an impressive commendation from one of his former players.

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Zlatan Ibrahimovic says Mourinho is the most intelligent coach he has ever worked with throughout his career.

The ‘Special One’ was boss at Inter Milan, during the 2008-09 season, when Ibrahimovic finished as Serie A’s top goalscorer as the club lifted the league title, but left the Italian club for Barcelona in the next season, when Mourinho led his team to an historic treble.

While speaking to the Guardian, he said, “Mourinho is very intelligent. He doesn’t treat everybody the same. He knows how to treat people as individuals to get 100 per cent out of them. He’s the most intelligent coach I’ve worked with in the way he approaches players and – ‘manipulates’ is the wrong word – gets them very pumped up. No doubt.”

Speaking further, Ibrahimovic says he does not regret missing out on the Champions league trophy, despite winning 11 league titles in 13 years in Holland, Spain, Italy and France.

He said, “Let’s go back 15 years and all I saw then has come true. Everybody who was trash-talking me? Now they are eating their words. This is my real trophy. I have won 23 collective titles but the one that is missing is the Champions League. At PSG we are trying to win it. But even if we don’t, the 23 I have already won, coming from where I did, are incredible. I’ve had an amazing adventure.”

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