Former Chelsea star Andre Schurrle has revealed that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho taught him how hard life can be as a footballer during their time together at Stamford Bridge. The Borussia Dortmund man has warned the United stars how harsh the Portuguese man can actually be.
Schurrle, who won the World Cup with Germany in 2014, was Mourinho’s first signing during his second period at the helm of the Stamford Bridge dugout, but after failing to earn a regular starting spot in the starting eleven, the 53-year-old showed no hesitation in selling the winger to VfL Wolfsburg in 2015.
In an interview with German publication, Bild, the Germany international seemingly launched a mild attack on Mourinho, almost blaming his former boss for his Premier League decline.
“Chelsea was a dream for me. But after I was out for a few weeks through an infection, the coach unfortunately did not count on me much more often.”
Schurrle then shone a light on the extent of Mourinho’s ruthlessness, touching on the fact the Portugal-born man portrayed the ugly side of football to him.
“Mourinho showed me how hard life can be as a footballer. If you had one bad game, you would be out of the team. My experience of Chelsea was great, playing with so many superstars – it was just like I had imagined. Playing for Chelsea was an absolute dream for me, but following my infection, the manager no longer counted on me.”
There are already examples of the hard-hitting Mourinho during his short Old Trafford career so far, for example – his exclusion of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s struggle to get into the team and club captain Wayne Rooney finding himself sat alongside his manager on the bench, following a run of poor form. Although, a cut to the chase, take no rubbish manager is something most of the Red Devils fan-base were crying out for prior to Mourinho’s appointment, so you simply have got to put your trust in him and his judgements, even when they may seem radical.
The former Real Madrid bosses managerial CV is certainly one to be proud of, even at this point in his career it is incredibly illustrious, he is a man who is known to not be afraid of making big and controversial decisions – therefore, headlines and popular players missing out in order to fit his beliefs is to be expected, it is part and parcel of Jose Mourinho. On a personal note, I have no qualms that the man in charge will eventually build a squad that is his own and that may well be successful, but I also understand that may mean players I like, respect and want stay being shown the exit door, so fan’s on the red side of Manchester may have to strap themselves in and be prepared for a rocky ride because it is almost guaranteed not everybody will agree on everything, but most importantly, trust the man who is at the centre of the football club at this moment of time.