Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis has finally disclosed why it can be difficult to share the dressing-room with former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
Luis arrived at Chelsea in 2014 alongside the Rojiblancos contingent of Thibaut Courtois and Diego Costa, but unlike the goalkeeper and the striker, he could not prolong his stay for long, as he was sold the following summer, making a swift return to Atletico.
During his time in the Premier League, he was managed by the Portuguese tactician and had a distinct recollection of the events that ultimately might have led to Mourinho’s sacking six months after winning the league title.
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Luis revealed that he was not surprised by the fate of the 53-year-old at west London as he demanded too much from every individual in the squad which could be taxing for many in the long run.
Speaking to FourFourTwo, as per The Sun, the full-back said: “Speaking about Mourinho is always controversial and there’s always some intrigue surrounding him. But he is an awesome coach who tries to take the maximum from each and every one of his players.”
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“I think that’s one of the reasons why he loses the dressing room sometimes. He asks so much of his players that some can’t handle it too long.”
Luis insists despite not featuring in the first-team for much of the 2014-15 term, he holds no grudges towards Mourinho but instead hails the tactical genius of the Portuguese.
“In my case, we got along very well and he helped me when I wanted to rejoin Atletico. He’s a very good coach.”
“It’s just a pity I wasn’t able to convince him that I should start for Chelsea.”
Luis Happy at Atletico
The South American is into his fifth season with the La Liga outfit and he believes his time at the Vicente Calderon are the finest years of his entire career.
He added: “It’s my fifth season now at Atletico and they have been the best years of my life. I feel at home in Madrid. I have always felt important, wanted and trusted by everyone here.”
“When I left for Chelsea, I wanted to prove that I could play in the Premier League, but it didn’t happen the way I dreamed.”
Luis spoke of the inclination shown by his club to bring him back to Spain which prompted him to return to the capital ahead of France or Italy moves.
“When Atletico tried to buy me back, I did everything I could to make it possible. I had offers from clubs in France and Italy but I would not have left Chelsea for any other side – only for Atletico Madrid.”
The Brazilian international played 26 games for the Blues in all competitions, scoring one goal in the process, courtesy of a brilliant free-kick against Derby County in the League Cup.
Luis is one of the key members of Diego Simeone’s squad as Atletico challenge Barcelona this term for the La Liga title as well as in the quarter-finals of Champions League.
In spite of losing the first-leg of the European tie 2-1 at Camp Nou, the 30-year-old is optimistic of the next match at home scheduled for April 13 and are only six points behind the Catalans in the league.
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