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Cole: Mourinho transformed Chelsea - turned us HORRIBLE

Chelsea hero Joe Cole has recalled how Jose Mourinho transformed the culture of the club during his first spell in charge.

Mourinho took over at Stamford Bridge in 2004 and guided the Blues to immediate back-to-back Premier League titles in what was his first job in England.

Cole told Jamie Carragher's The Greatest Game podcast: "We hated (Liverpool) and we hated Man United but that's what Jose made us. He made us horrible.

"Chelsea was a nice club before Jose, weren't it? We had a lovely players' bar, the lads would come and play us and have a nice night out in London.

"It was a nice football team, and he recognised that, Jose, and said "I want to make these the (most horrible) bunch to play against and everyone's going to hate me." The manager spiced it up and we obliged."

Cole also recalled: "He always used to dig me out and he used to dig a few of the others out. He had us in after we got beaten at the Nou Camp and he sat down and went through us one by one.

"(He said): 'You think you're a top player? You froze at the Nou Camp you. You showed no balls. You're a French international, you're supposed to be good'.

"He went through and he absolutely crucified everyone. He came to me and I thought he'd do me a left hook, he came to me and Duffer (Damien Duff) and said, 'you two, ok'."


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