Former Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari has jumped to the defence of former coach Jose Mourinho over the Portuguese’s style of play which has been largely described as ‘negative football’.
Mourinho, currently in charge of Tottenham Hotspur, is widely known for his defensive philosophy, a system during his time as manager of Chelsea and Inter, with whom he won the Champions League in 2010.
Muntari played under the Mourinho at Inter from 2008 to 2010.
“I really don’t buy it because I know who we are talking about here,” Muntari told Metro FM.
“He is the leader and you need to obey what your coach tells you, and that’s what he wants from his side. So if he wants them to defend in a certain way, they have to do it.”
“Every coach has his style of play and that’s the way he wants his team to play, that’s his choice.
“For instance, when he was our coach, he didn’t say anything during matches because we know what he wanted. We knew where we wanted to be, we knew we wanted to win trophies.”
Without a doubt, Muntari and Mourinho’s biggest accomplishment together remains the 2010 Champions League success where they beat Bayern Munich 2-0 in the final.
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