Saints loanee: Koeman understands his players better than Mourinho

Ronald Koeman

Southampton's Ryan Bertrand has commented on the differences between Ronald Koeman's and Chelsea's Jose Mourinho's management styles.

Ryan Bertrand may still be contracted to Chelsea, but he says Ronald Koeman understands his players better than Jose Mourinho does.

The left-back is currently at Southampton on a season-long-loan and he is clearly enjoying his time there.

He has been handed a regular starting place in the Saints line-up and he is loving working with the Dutchman, who he thinks is in a better position to help the squad than Mourinho because of his experience of playing at the highest level. 

“Ask a number of players, and they’ll say the same thing. It’s not necessarily a laid-back style. [Roberto] Di Matteo and Koeman, Carlo Ancelotti, they’ve been players at the top level," he told the Telegraph

"They’re not ‘relaxed’ as in they’re off the pedal – don’t get me wrong, if you step out of line, they’ll be ready to tell you straight. But they understand players a bit better, having been there.”

Mourinho has only played for a selection of clubs in Portugal, unlike Koeman who had a glistening career representing some of the biggest clubs in Europe. 

It seems to have commanded the respect of a number of players in his current squad and Bertrand is clearly no different. 

The 25-year-old has thrived under Koeman's tutelage and it appears that a permanent move to St. Mary's could be on the cards at some point.

Southampton are keen to make his temporary switch a more long-term one, and Bertrand is unlikely to break back into the Chelsea team, given their strength in defensive areas. 

It looks like it could be an excellent move for Bertrand as Saints are currently his parent club's closest challengers.

The South Coast side are second in the Premier League and they will be looking to close the gap on the Blues by beating Aston Villa tonight. 

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