Former Porto and Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho has disclosed that Barcelona’s Lionel Messi made him a better coach.
The 56-year-old had to face a Barcelona inspired Messi 13 times during his time in charge of Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013.
Mourinho also faced Messi-lead Barcelona while managing Chelsea and Inter Milan.
“I always say that I owe so much to my players, as to those who have not been my players and have created problems for me,” Mourinho was quoted by FourFourTwo as saying.
“For example, Messi never played on my team but I played against him and he has made me a better coach for having to prepare matches, for having to organize my team.
“When I say Messi I also say all the great players I have played against.”