Ryan Bertrand has claimed that all at Stamford Bridge love Jose Mourinho's passion.
When headline-grabbing impassioned manager Jose Mourinho left Chelsea in 2007, the win-at-all-costs fiery-natured football that embodied the two Premier League titles of the Portuguese's era was also lost, according to Blues full-back Ryan Bertrand, who believes that Mourinho's effervescent theatrics on the touchlines during the club's 4-1 battering of Cardiff City on Saturday heralds a new dawn of feverish football at Stamford Bridge.
'It’s one of the things that left Chelsea when he left,' said Bertrand, as quoted by Daily Mail.
While that passion may or may not have gone, there is little doubting that both parties moved on and achieved even greater success. Mourinho claimed a Champions League winner's medal (his second) with Internazionale, before being headhunted by Real Madrid. Chelsea, meanwhile, navigated their way into two Champions League finals - one successful the other not so - before a Europa League triumph.
However, Mourinho's personality and character inspired all those around him, according to Bertrand, something that is being recreated at Cobham, Surrey and in West London, currently: 'It was in the first team and it filtered through to the youth-team levels that we never thought about losing. We were Chelsea and we were going to win, no matter how pretty. That’s something that’s been re-instilled in us now.'
Mourinho failed to control his emotions at the weekend as, enraged with refereeing decisions, he was ordered away from the touchline and into the dugout.
'I thought it was crazy,' added Bertrand. 'Certain things were happening with [Cardiff] and he’s punished us the first time we did something. He did not deserve to be sent off but it’s good to see that passion from the manager. It definitely inspires the team.'
Mourinho may receive retrospective action over the incident as the Football Association will reportedly convene this week in order to study the match report submitted by Anthony Taylor.
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