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How Jose Mourinho reacted to Arnautovic arriving 5 hours early for training in 2010

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Jose Mourinho confirmed his status as one of the greatest managers in history when he propelled Inter Milan to the treble in 2010.

While the Italian side weren't exactly lacking in the talent department, Inter must be seen as one of the weaker teams that Mourinho has managed on paper but one of his strongest in practice.

The Brazilian trio of Julio Cesar, Lucio and Maicon made for a formidable defence with Wesley Sneijder starring as playmaker in chief behind the attacking triumvirate of Samuel Eto'o, Diego Milito and Goran Pandev.

Behind all the star names and the rush of trophies, however, were a few mavericks in that Inter squad, namely Mario Balotelli and Marko Arnautovic.

Both players are now more than familiar with English football fans with the former starring for Manchester City and Liverpool, while the latter now takes residence at West Ham after four years with Stoke City.

The Austrian was certainly an exciting addition at the Bet365 Stadium, although the antics for which his reputation owes were - on the whole - unapparent.

That wasn't quite the case during his time at Inter Milan and under the wing of Mourinho, though, with the 28-year-old owning up to a distinct lack of punctuality in Italy.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, he reminisced: "We were at Abu Dhabi for pre-season with Inter in 2009,' Arnautovic told Sportsmail this week. 'I overslept for breakfast. Late number one.

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"Then there was the team meeting. The hotel was huge and my room was on the 75th floor. I am waiting for the lift and I press and I press and still I have got seven minutes so I am ok. But then I still didn't make it. Disaster. Number two.

"Then before we meet for the game it was happening again and I was like: "He is going to kill me". 

"So then we fought a little bit and I was out of the team that day, training on my own."

However, by complete luck, Aranutovic managed to amend the situation a few weeks later when he accidentally turned up five hours early for training. It's fair to say Mourinho's reaction was somewhat remarkable.

"Back in Milan I thought we were training in the morning and I went in just perfect," he explained.

"There were no cars there. We were actually training in the afternoon that day!

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"Mourinho is there with his staff and he stands up and starts applauding and laughing. He said: "You are my man. You come here five hours before training. I love you! Here, take my watch". I still have that watch in my house."

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