5 Reasons Why Chelsea Boss Jose Mourinho Is the Master Motivator
Jose Mourinho's Chelsea return hasn't been without it's trials and tribulations this season, but with the Blues going strong in the Premier League and Champions League, it's clear the impact he has had at Stamford Bridge.
There's a renewed sense of harmony in west London, with chants from the terraces these days being far more positive when it comes to the manager—unlike seasons past where fans had called for the head of Rafa Benitez and others.
Mourinho has got Chelsea moving in the right direction again and a big part of it surrounds his motivation of the players and fans alike.
He has reinstalled the notion they are all in this together, that all those at the club win and lose together.
But how has he done it? Bleacher Report lists five reasons why Mourinho is the master motivator.
Manipulation of the Media
When Chelsea were trailing Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 after the first leg in their recent Champions League quarter-final, Jose Mourinho not only ensured his players would be motivated for the return leg at Stamford Bridge, but they would be more than ready to handle the pressure.
The game didn't start when the referee blew his whistle—the real kick-off was 24 hours earlier when Mourinho addressed the media.
His performance in that pre-match press conference was on a par with the display his players put in against PSG.
He was confident, bullish and used the media to transmit his message to his players and the wider footballing public: Chelsea weren't going down without a fight.
It was rousing stuff and no doubt had an influence on his team as they went on to snatch a 2-0 victory that sent them through to the semis.
Since then, Mourinho has kept a low profile, but when the time comes, he will no doubt use the media once more to attempt to get what he wants from his players. And he will probably get it.
Jose Mourinho may look suave on the touchline, wearing his latest Savile Row suit and fitted shirts. Don't let that fool you, though.
Behind that sleek image is a tracksuit manager waiting to get out—a manager who kicks every ball over the course of 90 minutes and feels every injustice or success of his players.
It's fueled by his passion and whereas some managers may adopt a slack attire to show their players they are one of them, Mourinho lets his actions do the talking.
He creates a harmony within his squad where everybody knows their role. His players know they are valued and when they look to the bench, it's not the manager they are seeing, it's a man who rides with them into battle.
It's one of the many reasons Mourinho's relationships have lasted way beyond his stint at any club he has coached.
"[Mourinho] manipulates players like no-one else," Zlatan Ibrahimovic explains in his acclaimed autobiography, per Daily Mail.
"He's the leader of his army [...] He would would become the guy I was basically willing to die for [...] He works twice as hard as the rest [...] He works to get you ready."
When a manager requests everything out of his players but doesn't give the same himself, how can he expect results?
Ibrahimovic is famously one of the biggest egos in world football and Mourinho's work ethic had a profound effect on him. If his methods can get that reaction from Zlatan, they can get it from almost anyone else.
That says all you need to know about the Chelsea manager.
In a similar vein to Slide No. 3 and Zlatan Ibrahimovic's comments on Jose Mourinho's approach to his work, the Portuguese's bond with his players counts for so much.
It's fueled by love.
In the moment he is their manager, he loves them more than anything. And the feeling is reciprocated.
If they give him everything—hearts, guts and desire—he will give it back.
And when it's backs-to-the-wall time in matches, this has got the likes of Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan through too many tough situations to mention.
The love he feels fuels his players' motivation to succeed.
The alternative would be to fail and they simply cannot fathom disappointing Mourinho.
When footballers are confident, the feeling is they can take on the world.
Fixture pile up? Bring it on. Injuries? Give me the injection. Underdogs? We'll prove them wrong.
It counts for so much in every sport, not just football.
In Jose Mourinho, his players have a manager who breeds it in them. It's all about winning for him and he gets his team finely tuned with nothing other than victory on their mind.
Mourinho doesn't let his players fathom the prospect of defeat. His methods breed the confidence they can succeed and as the above YouTube clip shows, he drives home that belief in his pre-match team talk.
"We cannot lose," Mourinho says. In that instance, it's more to do with how defeat will impact Chelsea's season but notice the repetition.
"We cannot lose. We cannot lose."
If he says it enough, the players will believe it.
Invariably, they do.
Garry Hayes is Bleacher Report's lead Chelsea correspondent and will be following the club from a London base throughout the 2013-14 season. Follow him on Twitter here @garryhayes