Former Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi has shared that he and his teammates experienced a poignant moment when José Mourinho was dismissed as the head coach during his initial tenure at the club.
Mikel revealed that Mourinho’s departure created an emotionally charged atmosphere at the training ground. Despite the tears and the difficulty of saying goodbye, the team managed to set aside their emotions and proceed with their training on that day.
“It’s hard to say goodbye. For me, obviously, the most special one was when [Jose] Mourinho got sacked.
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“A lot of people were in tears, were crying. It was very emotional because he had just won the Premier League twice, a young man, and he is a special one,” Mikel shared in the latest episode of his podcast, The Obi One.
He continued, “It was crazy because we all cried, emotional and everything, and then he leaves, and five minutes later, we are all on the training pitch, and everybody is laughing and joking.
“We just moved on with it, but then after training, we started talking about it. Once we are on the pitch again, it’s like, ‘We’ve to get on with the job.’
“We start training, focus on the next game and the next manager and how to get back to winning ways because the reason when Mourinho was sacked was that we were not winning games.”