Ex Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel has come out to share why Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah struggled to settle at Stamford Bridge. He recently had his say while speaking to the press, and fans have been reacting.
According to him, Salah and KDB struggled to hit the ground running at the club because Mourinho was not the kind of manager to be patient with players who were not getting the job done.
Mikel added that Jose once blasted the Egyptian forward to tears for a bad performance, before yanking him off at halftime.
His words, “I think De Bruyne wasn’t the best trainer back then. He was somebody that comes to training and probably because he wasn’t playing that much, always having his head down, always angry and sulking. He was like a kid who came to the playground and nobody wanted to play with him.”
“I remember when Samuel Eto’o had a go at him and they had a massive fight on the training ground just because he [De Bruyne] wasn’t putting in the effort that Eto’o wanted so they had a massive row on the pitch.”
“They [Salah and De Bruyne] were so unlucky that the boss, Mourinho, then didn’t take any prisoners. If you weren’t doing your job, it didn’t matter who you were, he would have a go at you.”
“He had a go at Mohamed Salah at half-time once and he was in tears crying. We thought ‘OK, he’s going to let him back on the pitch’ But then he destroyed the kid and then pulled him off. But that was just his mentality back then. But would Mourinho do that now? I think no.”
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