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Joe Cole hails Jose Mourinho for turning Chelsea ‘horrible’ and reveals ex-boss’ dressing-room blast at Barcelona

JOE COLE has heaped praise on former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho for turning the Blues horrible.

And the ex-winger also recalled a severe dressing down the Portuguese gave his team at Barcelona.

Joe Cole credits Jose Mourinho with turning Chelsea ‘horrible’ to play against

Mourinho took charge at Stamford Bridge in 2004 and won back-to-back Premier League titles in his first two seasons.

Cole, 39, signed for the Blues in August 2003 and stayed for seven years – winning three Prems, two FA Cups and a League Cup.

And he told Jamie Carragher’s The Greatest Game podcast: “We hated (Liverpool) and we hated Man Utd 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.”

As well as making his players a horrible bunch, Cole also revealed his old boss could be nasty enough himself on occasion.


Having lost a Champions League first-leg 2-1 at Barcelona, the former Manchester United and Tottenham boss was ruthless in the dressing room.

Cole 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.’”

Cole is currently a popular TV pundit while SunSport columnist Mourinho has just taken over at Serie A side Roma.

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