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Chelsea legend Michael Essien is now a coach with FC Nordsjaelland in Denmark.
Essien, who played under brilliant coaches like Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Andre Villas-Boas and Luiz Felipe Scolari, has revealed the former manager he wants to emulate.
Essien told The Football Ramble: “I have played under so many coaches and every one is different. I would take Mourinho as an example – I was very much connected with him.
“He’s a winner, he gives you tactical details and makes sure it’s very clear so when you’re on the pitch you know what to do.
“It’s one of the things I am going to carry with me and hopefully I can transmit to the boys if one day I become a manager.”
He then added: “I didn’t think I would make the transition. When I was playing I always said ‘no I don’t want to be a coach’ but when you love the game so much you always try to be in the game.
“So two or three years ago I said I am coming toward the end of my career and I want to learn about the coaching side of the game and it will give me the opportunity to be on the pitch and to be around the players.
“Actually when I started doing it, it was something I wanted to do. The whole project here is very good for my transition into the coaching side of the game.”