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Opinion: Mourinho's best XI

24/05/2016

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Mourinho's best-ever XI, with Ronaldo and Ozil in devastating line-up
Jose Mourinho has worked with some of the world’s very best (Pictures: Rex)

With Jose Mourinho looking set to take the Manchester United job this week, he will begin his latest venture at a European super-club.
The Portuguese tactician has already worked with some of the biggest names in the sport, spending plenty to build star-studded sides with Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
It’s a struggle to fit them all into one XI, but here’s our best effort at assembling Mourinho’s dream team, with some scarily talented players narrowly missing out.
Reports claim Mourinho will get huge amounts of cash to put together another great side at Old Trafford, but he’ll struggle to work with players of this elite calibre again.

Mourinho XI - Football tactics and formations

 

Defence

In goal, one legend edges another as Petr Cech keeps out Iker Casillas. Both among the finest of their generation, it’s fair to say that it is former Chelsea shot-stopper Cech who had a better time under the Special One, forming a key part of three of his Premier League title-winning sides.
Although occasionally used in defensive midfield by Mourinho, Javier Zanetti is also one of the finest right-backs of his generation and edges the likes of Branislav Ivanovic and Alvaro Arbeloa in our line up.
It’s no contest at left-back as Ashley Cole gets in, having repaid the big gamble Mourinho made in raiding rivals Arsenal for him in controversial circumstances. Although the former England man only played two full seasons under him at Stamford Bridge, he was undoubtedly the best left-back in the world at the time, and indeed for most of his career.
Mourinho's best-ever XI, with Ronaldo and Ozil in devastating line-up
John Terry and Ashley Cole were world class for Chelsea in their peak years (Picture: Getty)
Despite some rock-solid performers in his Inter team, we’ve gone for John Terry as one of the centre-backs, with the Chelsea captain rarely letting his manager down across two spells. Alongside him is Ricardo Carvalho, a huge star for Mourinho at Porto, Chelsea and Real Madrid.

Midfield

Midfield has been a particularly strong area for Mourinho’s sides, so we’ve gone for a diamond formation here to fit in the very best, though that still leaves no room for the likes of Michael Essien, Cesc Fabregas and Luka Modric.
Claude Makelele is a must for that position just in front of the back four, as few in the game have ever played that role better or with such dedication.
Ahead of the Frenchman, Frank Lampard’s amazing goalscoring record sees him claim a place. Decent at best before Mourinho took over, the former England midfielder’s career took off under the Portuguese, and he truly became one of the best in the world and an all-time Premier League great.
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 29: Coach Jose Mourinho and Wesley Sneijder of Inter FC celebrate during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Inter Milan at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 29, 2009 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Jose Mourinho and Wesley Sneijder won the treble together in 2010 (Picture: Getty)
Alongside him is Wesley Sneijder, whose immense displays made him the heartbeat of Mourinho’s treble-winning Inter side, even if he rarely replicated that form outside of his two seasons playing under Jose.
Finally, Mesut Ozil takes the attacking midfield spot, which seems fair enough as Mourinho called him the best number ten he’d worked with. Some question his consistency for Arsenal, but he was sensational for Real Madrid, with Cristiano Ronaldo understandably upset when he was sold.

Attack

Up front, there are more high-profile omissions as we struggle to find room for top class strikers like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Karim Benzema.
He’s not strictly a striker, but we had to go for Cristiano Ronaldo for his unbelievable scoring record under Mourinho at Real Madrid. The Portuguese forward scored an amazing 168 goals in three seasons under his fellow countryman, playing a major role in helping them to their only La Liga title during his reign.
Mourinho's best-ever XI, with Ronaldo and Ozil in devastating line-up
Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho halted Barcelona’s dominance (Picture: Getty)
Completing the side is Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, who may well feel he owes Mourinho a great deal for helping him become the player he is today. Initially slow to settle at Stamford Bridge, the Ivorian took his game to a whole new level and became one of the great strikers of his generation, epitomising everything Mourinho looks for in his players with character, fight and a real appetite for the big games.
 
Source: Metro.co.uk

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