“I think he has got that sort of nasty side,” Smalling told MUTV. “I think every manager has that, the so-called hairdryer treatment when things need a little turnaround. A manager has to have all different sides covered. He’s a joy to play under and he’s great.”
“This year, we’re making sure we get a trophy and, on Monday, we’ll be going all for it,” he said.
“The record at Chelsea, you’re right, we’ve not had too many good results there but I thought, earlier in the season, we were so close to winning until the last dying seconds. In general, we played quite well there, so let’s kick on and improve on that performance.
“The fact it’s Monday night as well means it’s got the whole world watching. They’ll be looking to improve on last weekend’s result [at Manchester City], as we will [after PSG], so it’s a big game all around.”
“I’m fully healed from the broken toe now. It was good to be available again on Saturday [against Fulham] and get that game under my belt,” he said.
“It’s just about managing my next game and getting back up to match fitness. Hopefully, I’ll be available for all the games until the end of the season.
“Through the Fulham and Arsenal [home] games, I had injections and then I had more injections for the Liverpool game [at Anfield] but it made the injury worse. So, then it was a case of getting it right and getting back as soon as I can but, first and foremost, making sure it was right.”