Ibrahimovic has no doubts, sees similarities between himself and the Portuguese, and remembers precisely when he knew that he would give “200 per cent" for a man he believes is a master-manipulator.
“Why is Mourinho so special? First of all because he's a winner - he has this winner mentality. He does everything to win," detailed Ibrahimovic, speaking to BetHard.
"He knows the game. He reads the game well. He manipulates, not the game, but the minds of his own players.
"I remember when he came first time in Inter, he made everybody give 200 per cent - but not for the team, not for the club, for him.
"And that for me makes him very special, because when he came out on the big stage he was something different.
"He was not that classical coach. I remember I had [Fabio] Capello. Capello was hard, was discipline, was respect. Mourinho brought that but at the same time brought something else: character.
"He had different character, this way of expressing himself."