Players would die for Mourinho; would they for Moyes or Pellegrini?

Salomon Kalou, who featured at Stamford Bridge in the Portuguese manager’s first stint in England, has praised the former Real Madrid and Inter boss.

Chelsea are starting to hit their straps, with the west London outfit stringing together a run of victories in all competitions.

A large amount of the credit must go to Jose Mourinho, who seems to be getting the most of his star-studded squad.

The Portuguese coach has been praised by former player Salomon Kalou, who served under Mourinho in his first stint at the London club.

The African forward believes that the Chelsea boss has the ability to relate to his players and they reciprocate in kind.

“At Chelsea, I had the chance to work with so many different managers,” Kalou said. “All so different: different approaches, different words to us.

“I remember Jose when I first came to Chelsea and what he said to us in the dressing room, inspiring us, just made us want to fight for him.

“Everywhere he's been the players have wanted to die for him. That is a skill. He can inspire.

“To have all your players fighting for you, all with the same goal, that is so important. As a manager, you can’t ask more for that.

“He has the players, the club and the supporters behind him. Everything is in place. I have no doubt he can have more than the same impact there. He can do pretty much anything.”

Although Mourinho will be familiar with the club, Roman Abramovich and some of the playing squad, the new boss has had to work with predominantly a new squad to the one he had in his first tenure at Chelsea.

With the Portuguese trainer getting the best out of a new group of players he has not worked with before, his impact so far should come as an example to the likes of David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini at Chelsea’s title rivals.

With arguably the three favourites for the Premier League title ahead of the new season all with new managers, the ability of the coaches to relate to their inherited squads was always going to play a role in the early parts of the season.

With Chelsea looking the most dangerous of the three in the early exchanges, it appears that Mourinho is outfoxing his opposite numbers at Old Trafford and the Etihad Stadium, and will be a key driver in the west Londoners’ quest for success.

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