Clarke’s Stamford Bridge reunion with Mourinho on Saturday offers him another chance to step out of his mentor’s shadow.
“In all my time working with him, I’ve seen him have just two sips of red wine,” he admitted. “Hopefully, we will get a chance to have a quick five minutes.
“Certainly Mourinho was one of my mentors. It was good for me at that time in my career. He gave me good ideas, showed me a different way to work – a way of working which was more global. You could do everything on the pitch within the training session: The tactical, technical, physical, psychological.
“More contact, more possession, more technical exercises with the ball. There was less separate running, more strategic running.
“I don’t think I’ve copied Jose’s style. I’m very different, quiet. I can be quite reserved, definitely not a shouter.”
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