Bradford City manager praises Chelsea boss Mourinho for key trait

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Phil Parkinson believes Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho should be praised for his willingness to adapt.

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson has praised Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s adaptability, according to BBC Sport.

According to Parkinson, the Portuguese manager’s success is entirely down to his willingness to adapt, and not get trapped by a philosophy.

In his 15 years as a manager, Mourinho has won 16 major trophies in spells with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, with his side currently sitting top of the Premier League table and in a good position to add to his trophy haul.

Chelsea take on Bradford in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, looking to win the competition that was Mourinho’s first success during his first stint as Chelsea manager.

"All the time it's 'philosophy' but no one's so good to say 'we play like this irrespective',” said Parkinson to the BBC.

“He respects opposition and makes plans to win games - that is why he is so good. He's not bothered about what anybody says about him about playing the beautiful game or not, his job is to win games of football and that's what he does.”

Saturday will be the second time Parkinson has come up against Mourinho in the FA Cup, with Chelsea narrowly beating his Colchester United side in 2006.

The Bradford manager has also spoken about his side's run to the League Cup final two years ago. Then a fourth-tier club, Parkinson’s men famously saw off Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa in their run to the final of the competition, and will look to replicate that success in the FA Cup.

"In that cup run we gave all the opposition respect but we were aggressive and believed in ourselves, so we'll do the same this time," he continued.

"When I was at Colchester it was a great performance. We played positively and surprised them with our intensity. What's important is to compete in the challenge and ruffle some feathers."

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