Samuel Eto’o: Mourinho the great predictor

Samuel Eto’o has revealed how Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho planned out that magical night at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

Mourinho has been hailed as the best man-manager there in football, and now one of his star players has given some insight into exactly how the Portuguese works.

Heading into Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second-leg tie between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho claimed that his team had a 30% chance of progressing. But, he insisted, Chelsea would still win.

And so they did, and under some dramatic circumstances too. Chelsea's Eden Hazard limped off in the 18th minute with a calf injury and his replacement, Andre Schurrle, came off the bench to score the opening goal on 32 minutes.

Then with just three minutes of normal time remaining, Stamford Bridge went crazy, with the Chelsea manager running down the touchline after Demba Ba poked home the goal that would take Chelsea into the semi-finals of Europe’s premier club competition.

It was truly a magical night and Chelsea's Samuel Eto’o, who also worked with the 51-year-old at Inter Milan, has now revealed that Mourinho had been telling his players all week exactly how the game would play out.

'It's incredible', Eto’o told The Sun. 'Mourinho had been telling us from the morning of the game that we could win the tie, and we knew it would be possible.

'He designed this incredible scenario for us. This is part of the magic of football. He told us not to fall into the trap of being in too much of a hurry. He said that we would get a goal in the first half and then score another at the end of the match'.

It sounds as if the Chelsea manager had a crystal ball, yet the fact that it had been hammered into the players’ heads when they took to the pitch that they would win the game eventually shows what a great man-manager Mourinho is. PSG were largely passive and cagey in the encounter, and the way Chelsea broke them down with just minutes to go illustrates how much Mourinho transmits the winning mentality to his players.

Perhaps this is what makes Mourinho a proven winner - and what will make Chelsea a very tough opposition in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

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