Jose Mourinho has revealed some of the vain obsessions of his former players at Real Madrid and said he could not understand the mindset of modern players.
Speaking in an interview with Esquire magazine, the Chelsea manager criticised modern young players for wanting to get as much money as possible before they have even established themselves in the game.
Possibly Mourinho's most bizarre revelation was that Real Madrid players would be waiting in line to get in front of the changing room window BEFORE matches during his three years in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu.
"Lots of times at Real Madrid, the players would be queuing in front of the mirror before the game while the referee waited for them in the tunnel," he said.
Mourinho clearly could not understand the players' desire to check their appearance before going out onto the pitch but he was not critical of players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos, claiming it was just a generational difference that he tried to understand.
"But that’s how society is now. Young people care a lot about this: they are twenty-something and I am 51 and if I want to work with kids I have to understand their world," he added.
"How can I stop my players on the bus doing, er, what do you call? Twitters and these things? How can I stop them if my daughter and my son do the same? So, I have to adapt to the moment."
However, he was critical of the kind of money being handed promising youth players in today's football, questioning whether the motivation of money would ever see them reach the pinnacle of the sport.
"What I feel is that before, players were trying to make money during their career, be rich at the end of their career," said the Portuguese.
"But in this moment, the people who surround them try to make them rich before they start their career.
"They try to make them rich when they sign their first contract, when they didn’t play one single match in the Premier League, when they don’t know what it is to play in the Champions League."
Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge to become Chelsea manager for a second time this summer and he cited the motivation and desire of two of the Blues' legends as perfect role models for young professionals.
Frank Lampard and John Terry won two Premier League titles under Mourinho in his first spell in charge and he held them up as having the attitude that all young players should aim for.
‘You have to find the right boy: the boy who wants to succeed, his pride and passion for the game," he added.
"His dream is not one more million or one less million, his dream is to play at the highest level, to win titles, because if you do these things you’ll be rich the same at the end of your career.
"So we are working hard to give the best orientation to young players, to follow examples of guys from the past – the Lampards, the Terrys – who were always fanatical for victories."