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If ever there were role model outside of Chelsea football club who the playing roster in West London could look up to, then Jose Mourinho believes former Blue Didier Drogba and Ligue 1 wizard Zlatan Ibrahimovic would prove to be great idols.
The manager's reason being that, when he put the pressure on Drogba, the 'animal in him came out'. The Ivorian was a big game player - and Mourinho could rely on that in pressure-filled situations. This season, where the title race is very much open and currently led by pace-setting Arsenal, he hopes to unleash the beast in some of his new players.
'I like to put pressure on them, yes, but you have to analyse the players you're working with,' said Mourinho, as quoted by The Mirror. 'I gave Didier as an example. When I put real pressure on him, the animal was always coming out.
'Ibrahimovic at Inter - exactly the same. When I put real pressure on him, I knew that the answer was coming. It depends on the players' profiles. Some react in a very good way. Some don't. I have players who have told me not to criticise them in front of the other guys because, 'It's not good for my self-esteem'. I've had everything.'
He continued: 'One of the things is to make the pressure of fighting for the title to be something natural, something that players accept in a positive way, not in a negative way. We have here some people who won the title before, but they've not won it for quite a long time. When you don't do that for quite a long time, you forget it.
'We've also got players who were playing in clubs not used to fighting for titles, clubs who'd do fantastic one day and see what would happen the next. That pressure to try and be top of the league, knowing that every little detail and every point can make a difference.'
Chelsea's emerging star striker Romelu Lukaku's eight goal and one assist return from 761 minutes of top tier football has apparently not gone un-noticed on the continent as Barcelona are, as unlikely as it seems in print, allegedly interested in his signature. The rumour apparently started on TV3, a Spanish television station.
And finally, here's Frank Lampard and Tim Cahill with the official 2014 World Cup ball; the Brazuca…
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