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Mourinho on How to Motivate Different Players
Daily Mirror, December 4th, 2013 11:52AM

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Ahead of his team’s trip to Sunderland on Wednesday, Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho spoke out about how he motivates his players differently. While some, like Didier Drogba, whom he coached in his first spell at Chelsea, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whom he coached at Inter Milan, react positively when he put pressure on them, others buckle under public criticism and pressure.

“I like to put pressure on them, yes, but you have to analyze the players you're working with,” Mourinho said. “I gave Didier as an example. When I put real pressure on him, the animal was always coming out. Ibrahimovic at Inter -- exactly the same. When I put real pressure on him, I knew that the answer was coming.” He added: “It depends on the players' profiles. Some react in a very good way. Some don't. I have players who have told me not to criticize them in front of the other guys because, 'It's not good for my self-esteem.' I've had everything.”

The Portuguese admitted that he needs to fire up Chelsea’s title challenge, as the Blues have not won the English Premier League since 2010. "One of the things is to make the pressure of fighting for the title to be something natural, something that players accept in a positive way, not in a negative way. We have here some people who won the title before, but they've not won it for quite a long time. When you don't do that for quite a long time, you forget it. We've also got players who were playing in clubs not used to fighting for titles, clubs who'd do fantastic one day and see what would happen the next. That pressure to try and be top of the league, knowing that every little detail and every point can make a difference."

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