Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho's 'big ego' will be key in helping Radamel Falcao find his best form with the Blues, according to midfielder Michael Essien.
Falcao has signed on the dotted line with Chelsea after a disastrous spell with Manchester United last season.
The Colombian international managed just four goals in the Premier League for the Red Devils, who opted against signing him on a permanent basis for around £43 million.
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Mourinho has previously insisted that he believes that Falcao, who was forced to miss the World Cup with a knee injury last year that also seemed to affect his game last season, was not himself last term.
The Special One also revealed that he moved to sign the former Atletico Madrid man after speaking to defensive duo John Terry and Gary Cahill, who confirmed he was one of the best strikers they'd faced all season when Chelsea beat Manchester United in April.
Now Essien, who bought to an end a nine year spell with Chelsea last year, has claimed that Mourinho's personality and his way of dealing with players means that there's a chance that Falcao will back to his best next season.
We had a great group of players with a manager who was always behind us and kept pushing us," Essien, who joined Greek side Panathinaikos last month, told The Guardian.
"We had players with big egos and big characters, but at the same time they were good men as well. Mourinho has a big ego as well - but in a good way. It was easy for him to manage those kinds of players. He is still the same man. He's still tough. He knows how to get the best out of his players, how to say the right thing, how to motivate them. He will get him back to the Falcao everybody knows."
Falcao has linked up with his new Chelsea team-mates on their pre-season tour of north America following his exertions with Colombia in the Copa America.