'Made me way better': Rodon lavishes Mourinho with praise
Joe Rodon lavished praise on former Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho made him a stronger person.
Rodon was one of the coach’s signings last summer, joining Spurs from Swansea City for just £11m.
The 23-year-old enjoyed a fairly decent time under the former Chelsea manager and made 12 Premier League appearances in all competition.
His form earned him a spot in the Wales squad for Euro 2020 and praise from fellow countryman Gareth Bale.
After spending a season with Rodon, the winger claimed he can become one of the best defenders in the top-flight.
Prior to his move to Spurs, the central defender was compared to John Terry. Sky Sports expert Andy Hinchcliffe compared him to the Englishman as well as Rio Ferdinand.
When talking about Mourinho, Rodon said: “I felt he did it with me for a reason. It’s been a tough year, ups and downs, but I thought he handled me very well.”
“It’s made me way better, mentally as well, and it’s going to benefit you moving forward. Everyone wants to play games of course, but sometimes it doesn’t go that way.”
Mourinho builds character: Tough man-management helps players grow
One thing that Mourinho has been roundly criticised for is his man-management style.
During his time at Manchester United, he had a run-in with Frenchman Paul Pogba. Mourinho’s also had issues at Real Madrid and Internazionale, causing people to question his ability.
However, his managerial style does help build strong characters as shown by his success. Multiple league titles in different European countries displays how strong his qualities are.
Frank Lampard claimed his initial impression of the ‘confident‘ Portuguese coach had him thinking the Blues were going to be a success. His impressions were proven right with Chelsea winning back-to-back league titles.
Bale’s praise of Rodon, claiming he can become one of the best in the league, is just another sign of how well Mourinho has done
Mourinho has aged quite a bit from his younger days, however, his man-management skills remain strong.
Rodon is one of the countless examples of how the great coach has instiled confidence in players and makes them better.
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