AFP, Thursday, July 3, 2014 3:18 PM
reports that Costa Rica’s fairytale run to the World Cup quarterfinals owes much to Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho
, whose coaching philosophy Ticos coach Jorge Luis
says he admires. Pinto, who began his coaching career with Colombian club Millonarios and has since won league titles in Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru and Venezuela, is like Mourinho an ardent
believer in the ethic of work and more work to keep his players sharp.
Pinto began his second spell in charge of the Costa Rican national team in 2011, following a short stint in charge
from 2004-2005. Costa Rica is a country of just 4.8 million people, and most of its players play for unglamorous clubs.
"I agree with Mourinho who says soccer is first about training
methods: the conception, the practice and, of course, the strategy," Pinto says, adding: "We will not rest on our laurels. Our World Cup is far from over. We have shown that we can play good soccer
and that makes me proud."
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