Ex Ghana midfielder Michael Essien talks about how he succeeded under Jose Mourinho

Published on: 11 October 2018

Former Black Stars midfielder, Michael Essien has revealed that Jose Mourinho's management skills made him a better player.

The former Liberty Professionals star joined Chelsea from Lyon in a deal worth 25 million pounds and established himself as one of the best players in the blue shirt.

He told the Daily Mail: "My time at Chelsea under Jose, I mean sometimes he goes hard on us to get the best out of us, we'd go there, go back and change things.

"Maybe... probably things are different. At the end of the day, it's football. As a player you know if you're not playing well. You want to go back and try to change things.

"With me, it worked very well. Everyone is different. Players are very different, every player is very different to every other one. We'll see how things go."

Essien added there was nothing complicated with Mourinho.

"His message was always clear," he added. "I want you to do this and I'd go out there and do it.

"I've got the talent, I just do what the manager says, that's all I've done my whole career. That's his decision, you have to follow what he says."

The former Real Madrid and AC Milan midfield dynamo spent nine years at Chelsea.