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Former Chelsea forward reveals how difficult life was under Jose Mourinho

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Andre Schurrle made a name for himself in the Bundesliga with Bayern Leverkusen. In the year 2011, he even scored against Chelsea in the group stage of the Champions League. The following year he earned a move to Stamford Bridge for a deal worth $25 million.

Jose Mourinho had also returned to the club for his second spell. The German was facing competition from the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian, Oscar, and Juan Mata.

He won one Premier League title and one League cup with Chelsea. Though he more fondly remembered for his time with Germany in the 2014 world cup. Schurrle scored twice in Germany’s icon 1-7 win over Brazil in the world cup semi-final played in Brazil.

The German also assisted Mario Gotze 2014 world cup winning goal against Argentina in the final. He left Chelsea in 2015 for Bundesliga side Wolfsburg for $22 million. The former Leverkusen star spent 2.5 years in the Premier League under Jose Mourinho.

The hard life for Schurrle under the ‘Special One

The hard life for Schurrle under the 'Special One'

Jose Mourinho is known for the old school style of man-management. He is very hard on his players from the outside but from the inside, he absolutely adores his players. Jose shows such a hard stance in order to get the best out of them.

This style of man-management worked very well during his first spell with Chelsea and at Inter Milan as well. However, sometimes players are just not able to deal with his style. Andre Schurrle recently in an interview gave some insights into life under Mourinho.

He said “He’s a brutal guy, always thought: What does he do? How does he treat me? What does he do with people?. However the German has also revealed that he has reflected upon his time under Jose and now he is able to understand what the Portuguese wanted from him.

He said, “In retrospect, I notice what he wanted and with what means he worked.” Unfortunately, he could not cope with the demands of his manager, who just wants to win at all costs. Schurrle revealed that the pressure of working under Jose was too much for him to handle.

At the time I couldn’t really cope with the things he wanted from me, with this harshness and this psychological pressure.”

Schurrle also said that conversations with Mourinho made him feel like quitting the club due to the extreme pressure created by the Portuguese. “Back then, it was sometimes extremely difficult. I often drove home when I had a conversation with him and just thought I can’t anymore. What should I do? Because he was building up such extreme pressure.”

Jose Mourinho and Andre Schurrle the life after Chelsea

Jose Mourinho and Andre Schurrle the life after Chelsea

Jose Mourinho was sacked the next season after Schrulle’s departure due to the club’s poor results. He signed for Manchester United the next season. He won the Europa League, League Cup, and Community Shield. However, like Chelsea, he was also sacked midseason in his third year at Old Trafford.

At the start of the 2019/20 season, he was not in charge of any club and he did some work with media as a pundit. In the middle of last season, he joined Tottenham as Mauricio Pochettino was sacked by the club. He is currently at Spurs and hoping to win some silverware.

While for Schrrule he moved to Wolfsburg from Chelsea. He then joined Borrusia Dortmund in 2016. It looked like his career is back on track but he never managed to establish himself as a first-team player at Dortmund. Though he did win a DFB Pokal Cup with the club.

At the start of the 2018/19 season, he was loaned out to Premier League side Fulham for two years. Despite his presence, the Cottagers were relegated from the Premier League. They have earned back promotion the next year itself. Currently, the German is on loan from Dortmund to Spartak Moscow.

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