Mourinho: Lampard and Terry were fanatical for victories, young players now want to be rich before they’ve even kicked a ball (and my Madrid stars queued in front of mirror)
- Jose Mourinho says youngsters want to be rich before they have even played in the Premier League
- Chelsea boss has praised John Terry and Frank Lampard for their desire and says they are an example to follow
- He has revealed how Real Madrid stars would queue in front of the mirror before a game
Jose Mourinho has criticised the culture of modern-day footballers and has revealed his Real Madrid stars queued in front of the mirror before a match.
The Chelsea boss says aspiring players of today want to make millions before they have even kicked a ball in the Premier League.
Instead, he wishes youngsters would follow the example of Frank Lampard and John Terry, who he says were ‘fanatical for victories’.
Millionaires: In an interview with Esquire magazine, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says modern footballers want to be millionaires before they’ve even kicked a ball in the Premier League
Thoughtful: Jose Mourinho in a photo shoot for Esquire magazine’s April edition
Vain: Mourinho, who managed the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid, says his players used to queue in front of the mirror before the game
Model professional: Ronaldo promoting Emporio Armani underwear
New chapter: Sergio Ramos, who played under Mourinho at Real, at the launch of his book
In an interview with Esquire magazine, Mourinho bemoaned the thirst for wealth and celebrity in the game, and outed his Real players – which included the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos – over their vanity.
‘Lots of times at Real Madrid, the players would be queuing in front of the mirror before the game while the referee waited for them in the tunnel,’ he said.
‘But that’s how society is now. Young people care a lot about this: they are twenty-something and I am 51 and if I want to work with kids I have to understand their world.
‘How can I stop my players on the bus doing, er, what do you call? Twitters and these things? How can I stop them if my daughter and my son do the same? So, I have to adapt to the moment.’
And, of the premature desire for wealth which Mourinho feels is plaguing the sport, he added: ‘What I feel is that before, players were trying to make money during their career, be rich at the end of their career.
‘But in this moment, the people who surround them try to make them rich before they start their career.
‘They try to make them rich when they sign their first contract, when they didn’t play one single match in the Premier League, when they don’t know what it is to play in the Champions League.’
Winners: Jose Mourinho has praised the ‘fanaticism for victory’ of Frank Lampard and John Terry
Hands up, who wants to win? Mourinho says young players today want to be rich too soon
Love affair: Mourinho has never hidden his admiration for his Chelsea stalwarts
In focus: Mourinho has been speaking to Esquire magazine
Mourinho favourite Terry was a graduate of the academy system at Chelsea, while Lampard was bought for £11m having come through the ranks at West Ham.
Both have been regulars for club and country over the past decade and are now enjoying a new lease of life with Mourinho back at Stamford Bridge.
They won their first Premier League trophy under the Portuguese in 2005, and are currently part of a Chelsea side four points clear at the top of the table.
And Mourinho went on: ‘You have to find the right boy: the boy who wants to succeed, his pride and passion for the game.
‘His dream is not one more million or one less million, his dream is to play at the highest level, to win titles, because if you do these things you’ll be rich the same at the end of your career.
‘So we are working hard to give the best orientation to young players, to follow examples of guys from the past – the Lampards, the Terrys – who were always fanatical for victories’.
Flying high: Mourinho’s Chelsea are four points clear at the top of the Premier League after Andre Schurrle scored a hat-trick during Saturday’s 3-1 win at Fulham
The full interview appears in Esquire’s April issue, on sale Thursday 6 March. Read the full interview and more exclusive photos here