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Wesley Sneijder lifts lid on Jose Mourinho’s management style at treble-winning Inter Milan

‘He made his own laws… and the players loved it’: Wesley Sneijder lifts lid on Jose Mourinho’s management style at treble-winning Inter Milan… and recalls how the Portuguese manager forced Mario Balotelli to apologise to entire squad

  • Wesley Sneijder enjoyed the best year of his career in 2010 under Jose Mourinho
  • The pair won a historic treble together in an all-conquering Inter Milan side
  • The Dutchman has now divulged how Mourinho trusted his players a decade ago
  • He also tells a story of how Mourinho dealt with a Mario Balotelli misdemeanour

Wesley Sneijder has revealed how manager Jose Mourinho galvanised an Inter Milan side which won a historic treble ten years ago, using his ‘own laws which the players loved.’

The Dutch playmaker, who retired in 2019, enjoyed the best spell of his career under Mourinho, in a side which won the Champions League, Serie A and the Coppa Italia in 2010. 

Mourinho then left for Real Madrid, while Sneijder – who also reached the World Cup final with his country a decade ago – never reached those heights again, but in his new autobiography the 36-year-old has divulged how Mourinho guided Inter to three trophies in one stunning season. 

Wesley Sneijder has divulged how Jose Mourinho guided Inter Milan to a stunning season

Inter's historic treble in 2010 was largely down to Mourinho's supreme man-management

Inter’s historic treble in 2010 was largely down to Mourinho’s supreme man-management

‘He knew how to handle us so well. He said, “I give you guys more freedom than you are used to and, in ­return, I get a better team”‘ Sneijder said, as reported by The Mirror.  

‘During games he ­demanded everything from us. But away from the pitch he gave us a lot of space. Drinking wine, fags… I am sure he knew that we were doing this stuff.’ 

Sneijder also revealed how Mourinho dealt with a teenaged and rebellious Mario Balotelli, within his squad of pure professionals. 

The Portuguese manager guided his side to a feat never before achieved in Italian football

The Portuguese manager guided his side to a feat never before achieved in Italian football 

‘Mourinho ­protected us always – but you don’t mess him about,’ added Sneijder.

‘Mario Balotelli tried it. He was young and thought he knew it all. And when ­Mourinho was not using him a lot, Mario walked in my hotel room one night when I was with a few other players. 

It was 10.30pm and he said, “I am leaving the camp, the ­manager is not taking me seriously. I want more ­playing time”. 

Sneijder also revealed how Mourinho dealt with Mario Balotelli's misdemeanours a decade ago

Sneijder also revealed how Mourinho dealt with Mario Balotelli’s misdemeanours a decade ago

‘Mourinho later told us Mario was only ­welcome back again if he apologised to the entire squad and to him, the manager. Mario did exactly that and they came back with their arms around each ­other’s shoulders. It was all good again – at least that’s what Balotelli thought.

‘During the Champions League Final, Mourinho told Balotelli to do a warm-up for 45 minutes, then let Marco Materazzi warm up for five minutes. Materazzi came on, Balotelli didn’t. ­Mourinho has his own laws.’

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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