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Strongest 11 players managed by Jose Mourinho

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There has been a lot of excitement surrounding Old Trafford ever since Manchester United confirmed the appointment of Jose Mourinho as their new manager and rightly so.

The Portuguese lies in the small bracket of superstar managers in the modern game along with the likes of Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti. The former Chelsea boss has been branded a 'serial winner', securing domestic league titles in four different countries across Europe.

The 'Special One' has managed some of the biggest clubs on the planet including the likes of Real Madrid and Inter Milan, working with some truly gifted players along the way.

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Here we take a look back at the strongest 11 comprised of players previously managed by Jose Mourinho.

GK: Petr Cech

The Czech Republic shot-stopper joined Chelsea in 2004 making an astonishing 492 appearances for the Blues.

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Cech was an instrumental part of the Chelsea side that won consecutive titles under Mourinho in 2004/05 and 2005/06 seasons.

He has since gone on to become the all-time clean sheet record holder in the Premier League with a whopping 178 to his name.

RCB: Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos has been a pillar of consistency for the better part of a decade now. The Spaniard enjoyed great success under the Portuguese manager by winning a first league title in four years with the Los Blancos.

Real Madrid's Portuguese coach Jose Mour

Ramos matured tremendously during that period, establishing himself as one of the best centre-backs in the world.

CB: John Terry

If there has ever been a player who represents Mourinho's style of management, it is John Terry. The two formed an insurmountable partnership at Chelsea, winning three league titles along the way.

The two still share a great bond with Terry openly naming Mourinho as the best manager he's worked with.

LCB: Javier Zanetti

The Inter Milan icon played some of the best football of his career under Mourinho, fitting in seamlessly into the latter's philosophy. Zanetti was an integral part of the famous treble winning Inter Milan side of 09/10 which has gone down in the history books.

Inter Milan's Argentinian defender and c

LCM: Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil has often been criticised for his languid style of play but on his day, he's absolute world class.

The mercurial German playmaker was brought to Real Madrid by Mourinho where he formed a formidable attacking partnership with another Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

RCM: Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard was phenomenal under Mourinho for Chelsea, becoming one of the most coveted midfielders on the planet. The Englishman went on to become Chelsea's all-time record scorer with an unbelievable 147 strikes in the league.

LAM: Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard was Mourinho's go-to man when he returned back to Chelsea in 2013. The Belgium forward scored an impressive 14 goals as Chelsea romped on to the fourth league title in the club's history and was deservedly awarded the Premier League's Player of the Year.

Manchester United v Chelsea - Premier League

RAM: Wesley Sneijder

Wesley Sneijder was unstoppable in the 2009/10 season with Inter Milan, catalysing the club to greater heights and winning the treble under Mourinho.

Sneijder was the main creator in that side and narrowly missed out to Lionel Messi in the Ballon d'Or race the following year.

LW: Cristiano Ronaldo

It would be impossible to omit Cristiano Ronaldo from this list. The former Manchester United man developed leaps and bounds under Mourinho, winning La Liga and the Copa Del Rey among other honours.

It was during Mourinho's reign that we saw the first glimpses of the goalscoring monster Ronaldo has become today.

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristia

RW: Diego Milito

Perhaps a surprise inclusion, but Diego Milito was a goal machine in the 2009/10 season, scoring 22 times in the league. It was his iconic goal that sealed Inter's famous Champions League triumph against Bayern Munich in the final and arguably the best part of his career was spent working with Mourinho.

ST: Didier Drogba

The Chelsea legend was brought to the club by Mourinho in the summer of 2004 and the Ivory Coast international did not disappoint. Drogba tormented Premier league defenders for the best part of a decade and was Chelsea's main goalscorer in the most successful period in the club's history.

Mourinho brought him back to Stamford Bridge during his second spell in charge, where he further cemented his legendary status at the club.

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Didier Drogba
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Premier League
Cristiano Ronaldo
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Jose Mourinho
Frank Lampard

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