Jose Mourinho is not everyone’s cup of tea.
You can mark Mesut Ozil in that category.
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The Arsenal and Germany playmaker has released a new book titled Die Magie des Spiels (The Magic of the Game) and extracts are being shared by German outlet Bild.
Ozil, 28, played for Mourinho at Real Madrid and they won the La Liga title in 2012 together. It is safe to say they had a fiery relationship even though the German international reveals he “loves Mourinho actually.”
Here are the extracts where Ozil reveals a dressing room exchange where Mourinho brandishes him a “coward” and tells him to “creep under the beautiful, warm shower.”
“You think two beautiful passes are enough. You think you’re so good that 50% is enough,” Mourinho told Ozil.
“He pauses. Stares at me with his dark brown eyes. I stare back. Like two boxers at the stare-down before the first round. He shows no emotion. Just waits for a response from me. How much I hate him right now. And I love Mourinho actually.”
“Oh, are you giving up now? You’re such a coward,” said Mouriniho after Ozil threw his shirt at him.
“What do you want? To creep under the beautiful, warm shower? Shampoo your hair? To be alone? Or do you want to prove to your fellow players, the fans out there, and me, what you can do.”
A rare glimpse into the pressure Mourinho puts on his players in the locker room.
Maybe this could go a long way to explaining the “three season syndrome” as Mourinho always appears to fall out with just about everyone at a club and then has to move on.
Still, this should add some spice to the Arsenal vs. Manchester United clash on May 6 as both teams battle for a top four finish…