Mourinho: I hope Luis Enrique succeeds at Barcelona
The Chelsea boss worked alongside the former
midfield ace during his time at Camp Nou
between 1996 and 2000
Former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has
admitted that he hopes Luis Enrique is a big
success at Barcelona.
Mourinho spent four years at Camp Nou between
1996 and 2000, during which time he got a chance
to work with Luis Enrique, who was one of the key
players in the Blaugrana line-up under both
Bobby Robson and the Englishman’s successor,
Louis van Gaal.
Mourinho ran into the new Barca boss at a
coaching conference in Switzerland this week and
revealed that he wished the former midfield ace
all the best.
“He was not only one of my favourites as a player
during my time at Barcelona but also as a
person,” the Chelsea manager told reporters on
“I have a special fondness and admiration for
him. He could play midfield, right wing, left wing,
No.10, centre-forward, right-back, left-back – he
was even capable of playing in goal.
“Today [Thursday] was the first the first time I’ve
seen him since I left the club in 2000. I asked him
if he was enjoying coaching and he said ‘Yes’.
“I want him to be happy and I hope he does very
Mourinho spent three years in charge of Barca’s
bitter rivals Madrid before returning to Chelsea
Luis Enrique, meanwhile, succeeded Gerardo
Martino as Blaugrana coach this summer after a
productive season in charge of Celta.
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