Wesley Sneijder revealed how manager Jose Mourinho galvanized an Inter Milan team that won a historic hat-trick ten years ago, using its own laws that players loved.
The Dutch playmaker, who retired in 2019, had the best luck of his career under Mourinho, in a team that won the Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia in 2010.
Mourinho then left for Real Madrid, while Sneijder – who also reached the World Cup final with his country a decade ago – never again reached these heights, but in his new autobiography, the player 36-year-old revealed how Mourinho guided Inter to three trophies. in one magnificent season.
Wesley Sneijder revealed how Jose Mourinho guided Inter Milan to a breathtaking season
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“He knew how to manage us so well. He said, “I am giving you more freedom than you are used to and, in return, I have a better team,” said Sneijder, as reported The mirror.
“During the matches, he demanded everything from us. But far from the field, it gave us a lot of space. Drinking wine, fagging … I’m sure he knew we were doing these kinds of things.
Sneijder also revealed how Mourinho had faced a rebel teenager Mario Balotelli, among his team of pure professionals.
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“Mourinho has always protected us – but you don’t bother him,” added Sneijder.
“Mario Balotelli tried it. He was young and thought he knew everything. And when Mourinho didn’t use it much, Mario came into my hotel room one evening while I was with a few other players.
It was 10:30 pm and he said, “I’m leaving camp, the manager doesn’t take me seriously. I want more playing time. ”
Sneijder also revealed how Mourinho handled Mario Balotelli’s crimes a decade ago
“Mourinho told us later that Mario was welcome again only if he apologized to the whole team and to him, the manager. Mario did just that and they came back with their arms around their shoulders. Everything was still good – at least that’s what Balotelli thought.
“In the Champions League final, Mourinho told Balotelli to warm up for 45 minutes, then let Marco Materazzi warm up for five minutes. Materazzi arrived, Balotelli not. Mourinho has its own laws.