Michael Essien was a part of the Chelsea team under Jose Mourinho that were near impossible to beat.
It is easy to tell hence that Essien and Jose have a lot of mutual respect for each other. Essien who has retired from the game has now talked about getting into management and how Jose can help inspire him from their time together.
The 38-year-old explained to The Football Ramble: “I have played under so many coaches and every one is different. I would take Mourinho as an example – I was very much connected with him.
“He’s a winner, he gives you tactical details and makes sure it’s very clear so when you’re on the pitch you know what to do.
“It’s one of the things I am going to carry with me and hopefully I can transmit to the boys if one day I become a manager.”
He then added: “I didn’t think I would make the transition. When I was playing I always said ‘no I don’t want to be a coach’ but when you love the game so much you always try to be in the game.
“So two or three years ago I said I am coming toward the end of my career and I want to learn about the coaching side of the game and it will give me the opportunity to be on the pitch and to be around the players.
“Actually when I started doing it, it was something I wanted to do. The whole project here is very good for my transition into the coaching side of the game.”