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Schurrle: Brutal Mourinho broke my confidence at Chelsea

Andre Schurrle admits his confidence was broken by Jose Mourinho during his time at Chelsea.

Schurrle announced his retirement this year at the age of 29.

"He's a brutal guy," Schurrle told German presenter Joko Winterscheidt. "I always thought to myself: 'What does he do anyway? Why does he treat me like this? Why does he do this to people?'

"In retrospect, I realise what he wanted and what resources he was working with. At the time, I couldn't really deal with the things he wanted from me because of all the harshness and the psychological pressure.

"Back then, it was extremely difficult. I would often drive home after conversations with him and just thought I couldn't do it anymore. What could I do? He was building up such extreme pressure."

The former Germany international conceded his confidence was left in tatters following a series of substitutions from the intense coach.

"It was often the case that I played from the start and then he'd replace me at half time," he added.

"Then, in the next game, I wasn't in the squad and I was in the stands. I couldn't understand that at the time and I lost my self-esteem. My ego was hurt.

"Then I started thinking about what might be going through his mind. Sometimes during training I had the feeling that he was only looking at me, even if that probably wasn't the case."

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