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Former Chelsea right-back Branislav Ivanovic has hailed Jose Mourinho’s time at Chelsea and believes that the Portuguese and Chelsea are a match made in heaven.
Ivanovic wasn’t part of Mourinho’s first stint at Chelsea, but was a huge part of Mourinho’s second stint as the Blues went on to win the Premier League, and he has hailed the Portuguese as the perfect one.
“People called him the Special One, but I always said he was the Perfect One – especially for Chelsea and their supporters,” Ivanovic said in an interview with The Athletic. “You could feel the atmosphere [when he came back], that it was something big and new.
“We were all very excited about Jose. We knew from the people who were involved in his first era at the club, and those of us who never worked with him were so excited and motivated to bring trophies back.
“After only one week, I said, ‘We’re going to be champions with Jose’. You can see how he’s working, how focused he is. He was obsessed with the team, with the atmosphere, with the small details and the big details. He made his decisions, changed a couple of players and we were champions.”
Mourinho’s bond with Chelsea has since dampened since he became Manchester United manager. And now that he is in charge of Tottenham, the bond will be nonexistent.