Ibrahimovic reveals secret to what makes Mourinho special!

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and football superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, of Paris Saint-Germain

Put simply, Jose Mourinho is able to effectively coach footballers as he "manipulates" each athlete.

That is the opinion of superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was responsible for 37 goals (26 goals and 11 assists) from 33 Ligue 1 outings last term, when speaking to Sports Illustrated in a recent interview.

The British press put the Chelsea boss under the microscope throughout his second spell in charge of the Blues as the Portuguese lost his incredible home record - a 1-2 defeat to Sunderland in April - while his market logic was questioned when he agreed to the inter-Premier League transfer of Juan Mata to Manchester United.

Mata, though, was cited as a player who was not tactically disciplined enough to suit his needs, a player who, perhaps, could not be manipulated.

When discussing what separates two of the most successful modern football managers, Ibrahimovic said of Mourinho and Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola that "[Mourinho is] the guy who convinces you and manipulates you into doing things that he wants.

"Where[as] Guardiola is a fantastic coach [but] as a person I see him differently. And Mourinho is like the different one. He is convincing you. That’s why he was so successful and even a fantastic coach. So he has two things in one… it was a totally different kind of character and personality."

Ibrahimovic has also been critical of Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and named a legendary Arsenal midfielder as his favourite team-mate of all time

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