Jose Mourinho is known as one of the world's best football managers, having won the Champion's League twice and helped himself to titles in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain.

The Portuguese has managed some premier talents, some of the best of which are listed below in a combined XI:

Goalkeeper, Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)

The Spain and Real captain is truly one of football’s world stars. Despite his age, no other keeper comes close to taking Casillas’ place as Spain keeper. At Real, his career has been somewhat more rocky. 

Despite being captain, the Mourinho-era Casillas will most likely be remembered for his dispute with the manager, which led to the Spaniard being benched for game after game, replaced by Diego Lopez. 

 

Despite this, Casillas has made over 600 appearances for Real and nearly 150 for Spain, asserting his place as the best keeper in Spanish club and international football.

Right-back, Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan)

The legendary Inter captain is known particularly for his strength and ability, having piloted his club on the field for almost one and a half decades.

 

Zanetti has made nearly 1000 appearances for his club and will forever be known as a club legend at Inter after he retires.

Centre-back, John Terry (Chelsea)

Chelsea's most successful ever captain, over Mourinho's tenure was seen as one of the best centre backs in the world and the best English player in his position. Terry is seen by many as a 'Mr Chelsea'-type figure, having been at the club for his entire life, clocking a stellar 574 appearances for the club and scoring more than 50 goals in the process. Terry has been named in the World XI five times and has earned Chelsea Player of the Year twice. 

Reliable, Terry has been a stalwart sentinel of Chelsea's defence for almost a decade. As a member of the 'old guard' of Chelsea (Petr Cech, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole joining him), Terry will be glad to see the return of the man who first gave him the captaincy. 

 

It will be interesting to see how the leader will feature in Mourinho's plans however, the man having reportedly told the captain that he will not necessarily be guaranteed a starting place in what may be the twilight of his career.

Centre-back, Ricardo Carvalho (Porto, Chelsea, Real Madrid)

The Portuguese has followed manager Jose Mourinho in almost all of his last posts. Carvalho arrived at Chelsea in 2004, helping them to their first league title for 50 years. Carvalho was not a typically strong centre back but was instead known for his creativity, technique and position. 

His aerial ability was also remarkable for Chelsea, scoring many headers over his career at the club. The Portuguese made more than 200 appearances for Chelsea before moving to Real Madrid in 2010, he has recently agreed to move to AS Monaco, the first club he will have been to without Jose Mourinho present for over a decade.

Left-back, Ashley Cole (Chelsea)

Considered by many to be the best left-back in the world, despite his age, Cole transferred from Arsenal to their rivals Chelsea in 2006 controversially. Cole has since enjoyed seven seasons with the Blues, twice claiming Chelsea Players' Player of the Year. 

 

Cole was reportedly upset by Mourinho's departure and will be pleased to see the manager return. Cole's supportive qualities have earned him a reputation as an extremely competent left back when it comes to building attacks. Cole has more than an incredible 300 appearances for Chelsea, contributing scores of assists in the process.

Centre-midfield, Frank Lampard (Chelsea)

Frank Lampard has often credited Mourinho for developing him into the world-class player that he has become. The perennial Chelsea favourite fell runner-up to Ronaldinho in both the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year but remained one of Chelsea's most important men. 

 

Lampard has broken some of the Premier League's biggest records, some of the most important of which include the longest run of consecutive appearances for a club (164), three time Chelsea player of the year, Premier League player of the decade and Chelsea all-time top scorer. Mourinho will likely look forward to reuniting with the England international and Chelsea vice-captain as he has now rejoined the Blues. 

 

Centre-midfield, Claude Makelele (Chelsea)

Makelele was a player so legendary that he had even a midfield role named after him. Makelele played a defensive and supportive playmaking role that allowed Chelsea's attacking players the security to play a freely offensive game whilst feeding them crosses and through balls to take advantage of. 

In the 2004-2005 season, Mourinho labelled the Frenchman as Chelsea's player of the year, later that season he was named in the World XI. Makelele made over 200 appearances for the west London club before moving to PSG in 2008.

Right-wing, Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan)

 

The dead-ball specialist was bought by Mourinho's Inter from Real Madrid in 2009 and made an impressive transition, almost instantly becoming an integral part of Mourinho's squad. Before moving to Galatasaray, Sneijder created 36 goals and scored 22 in a total of 116 appearances for the Italian club. Sneijder helped Inter to reach the Champion's League final in 2010. Rumours have recently abounded that the winger may be on his way back to Mourinho under a move from current club Galatasaray to Chelsea.

Attacking-midfield, Mesut Özil (Real Madrid)

The German was bought by Mourinho's Real in 2010 and has since made more than 150 appearances in all competitions for the club. Özil's opportunistic playmaking ability have earned him multiple nominations in Ballon d'Or shortlists. Özil has achieved. 

The German has clocked 10 goals and 17 assists in 31 appearances for Real this season and has signalled his intent to finish his career at the Spanish club, despite his relatively young age.

Left-wing, Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Considered by many to be the best player in the world, the left forward has scored on average more than a goal a match in La Liga for Real Madrid. 

His attractive style of football has earned him praise from scores of critics and he is competent in almost all fields of the game that would be expected from a player in his position. Zinedine Zidane has described him as 'a truly remarkable professional football player, who works like no other athlete'. 

 

Unfortunately, Mourinho's time managing the forward was mostly marred by clashes with his team-mates at Real Madrid.

Striker, Didier Drogba (Chelsea)

The powerful Ivorian came to represent Chelsea under Mourinho in their dominance in the England and Europe over his tenure. 

Drogba was a remarkable forward for Chelsea, scoring 100 Premier League goals for the Blues, becoming the first African ever to do so. 

 

Drogba was also the reason for Chelsea's victory over Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champion's League final, scoring the equaliser and the winning penalty, his last match for the Blues. After his departure, Drogba was independently voted Chelsea's best ever player in a poll directed at around 20000 fans.

Honourable Mentions

 

Mourinho has managed some of the best players ever and it is difficult to select an overall best XI. Honourable mentions go to Diego Milito, Michael Essien, Michael Ballack, Petr Cech and Kaka.

 

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