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5 Players Whom Jose Mourinho Revived Their Careers

The Special One as he loves to be called, Jose Mourinho has helped retraced numerous football careers from declining with his skeptical way of managing.

Some players are left to fight for the survival of their careers due to managers choice or some absorbed reason.

A couple of players who have seen their careers decline helplessly and they’ve gotten a revival from Jose Mourinho.

Here’s the top 5 on our list.

1. Wesley Sneijder

He excelled at Ajax when he was younger, but his tenure there was a tremendous letdown, and not many people were sorry to see him go. Inter moved in to sign him in 2009, apparently paying slightly more than half of what Madrid had demanded just two years earlier.

Sneijder soon regained the form that had made him stand out at Ajax under Mourinho, becoming the manager’s midfield general and easily and gracefully setting up and scoring goals from deep.

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In his first season at San Siro, Inter achieved an unprecedented triple, with the player himself helping Diego Milito score the opening goal of his two goals in the Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich.

2. Chris Smalling

When Smalling was loaned out to Roma in 2019 to make room for the upcoming wave of pricey arrivals, few at Old Trafford cried for the defender.

However, Smalling did not let the experience affect him; instead, he responded by quickly acclimating to his new surroundings. Since teaming up with former United manager Mourinho in the Eternal City, Smalling’s performance has only improved.

His third year in the colors of Roma was one of the best yet, and it was highlighted by the club’s first championship since 2008 thanks to victory in the UEFA Conference League.

3. Thiago Motta

When his Spezia club played Roma, the former Italy international from Brazil could not contain his enduring affection for his old boss.

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After a catastrophic year at Atletico Madrid following the conclusion of his tenure at Camp Nou, the former Barcelona midfielder was just beginning to get his career back on track in 2009 while playing for Genoa.

He and teammate Diego Milito were brought across Serie A by Inter after they took a chance on them. The rest, as they say, is history. Both players shone during the treble campaign, with Motta and Esteban Cambiasso forging a lethal relationship that helped make the Inter defense virtually impenetrable.

4. Tammy Abraham

Romelu Lukaku was reassigned to Chelsea in the summer of 2021, and Abraham was promptly dispatched to show the foolishness of that choice.

The striker, who has also played for several different clubs under Mourinho’s tutelage, flourished in his debut season with Roma, scoring 27 goals in 53 games across all competitions.

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However, for the time being at least, it appears he is more than happy to continue playing with Mourinho and the Italians. Chelsea has already been linked with an approach to bring back their star.

5. Cesc Fabregas

Fabregas and Mourinho initially seem like strange bedfellows.

On one side, there is the educated La Masia graduate, trained in the fluid style of Pep and Wenger’s game, and on the other, there is football’s Prince of Darkness, driven by an obsession with victory at all costs.

Despite all odds, the pair succeeded at Chelsea, with Fabregas reviving a career that had been on the verge of stalling.

In a 2020 interview with Tot Costa, Fabregas stated that Mourinho was the person who gave him the most motivation to quit Barcelona.

 

 

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