Andre Schurrle has labelled Jose Mourinho as “brutal” following their time together at Chelsea.
Making a name for himself at Bayer Leverkusen, the German attacker sealed a move to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2013 when the head coach returned to west London following a spell in charge of Real Madrid.
Impressing in his first season in the capital as he chipped in with nine goals in 43 games prior to winning the 2014 World Cup with his country, he struggled in his second campaign at the club and duly returned home as he linked up with Wolfsburg.
Now retired after calling time on his career at the age of 29 back in July, the player has opened up on life working under Mourinho and has stated that he struggled psychologically under the Portuguese boss.
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“He’s (Mourinho) a brutal guy,” he told German presenter Joko Ein Gespräch in a YouTube interview.
“I always thought to myself: What does he do anyway? Why does he treat me like this? Why does he do this to people?
“In retrospect, I realise what he wanted and what resources he was working with. At the time, I couldn’t really deal with the things he wanted from me because of all the harshness and the psychological pressure.
“Back then, it was extremely difficult. I would often drive home after conversations with him and just thought I couldn’t do it anymore. What could I do? He was building up such extreme pressure.”
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