Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand believes Jose Mourinho has brought back the winning spirit with him during his second stint at the club, writes Sky
Bertrand, who made his first start for the Blues in the absence of regular full-back Ashley Cole, has backed Mourinho’s management style, following the Portuguese being sent to the stands during the 4-1 home win against Cardiff City. “The manager has shown his spirit and desire. He did not deserve to be sent off but it’s good to see that passion,” Bertrand said.
“It definitely inspires the team, ” he added. “At home you need to make it your fortress, and you need to do everything you can to win. After he got sent off, if you looked around, he had the whole squad behind him and the fans.”
Mourinho first left the club in 2007 following a successful three year period at Stamford Bridge, winning the Premier League title twice, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the FA Community Shield.
With Mourinho’s name being sung around West London, the 50-year-old was brought back in as manager in the summer of 2013, and Bertrand believes he has had a positive impact on the team so far in the 2013-14 campaign.
“That Mourinho spirit is back now. That was one of the things that left Chelsea when he left,” Bertrand continued. “We never thought about losing. We were Chelsea and we are going to win. No matter how pretty, ugly, whatever, we knew we were going to win. That’s something that has been instilled into us again.”
Chelsea sit second in the Premier League table with five wins from eight matches and find themselves just two points off leaders Arsenal.
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