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Mourinho Called Ozil, Coward



Fans may be wondering on what sometime happen in the dressing rooms when players and their managers get into the locker room.

German international, Mezut Ozil has giving some indications of occasional bust off when he revealed that maverick coach, Jose Mourinho once called him a “coward” and “cry baby” during a furious half-time bust up while both were in Real Madrid

Ozil spent three seasons playing under Mourinho at the Santiago Bernabeu, during which time he won LaLiga and the Copa del Rey.
However, Ozil’s work ethic and contribution to the cause was questioned by the Portuguese in a half-time spat, during which the now Arsenal midfielder angrily hit back at his coach.

In an extract from Ozil’s book, Die Magie des Spiels, serialized in German newspaper, Bild, Ozil revealed:
“Mourinho screamed at me ‘Do you think two nice passes are enough? You think you are too good to enter a duel. You think you are so good that you can play at 50 per cent.

“Do you know what it looks like when you enter a duel? Let me show you.’ He then tiptoed around the dressing room with his hands close to his body and pursed lips.


“I lost it and screamed at him to go out there on the pitch and play himself, taking off my jersey and throwing it at his feet. I told him to put it on and go out there.
“Mourinho was just laughing and sniped ‘Are you giving up already? You are such a coward. What do you want to do? Get in the warm shower and wash your hair?

“Do you want to be alone? Or would you rather show your team-mates, the fans and me what you can do? You know what Mesut, why don’t you start crying! You are such a cry baby, get in the shower. We do not need you.’
“I grabbed my towel and walked past him into the showers without saying a word to him.
“I later apologised for my behaviour to captain Sergio Ramos and the rest of the team.”
Ozil added that he came to realise why Mourinho made an example of him in the changing room.
“In the end, I understood why Mourinho was screaming at me like that in front of the other players,” he added.
“He wanted to make it loud and clear that he never wanted me to relax. He wanted me to get out of my comfort zone. He wanted to make me stronger and keep pushing me to ensure I kept developing.
“Looking back, Mourinho was right. I felt that playing nice was enough when I arrived at Madrid. I was too easily satisfied.    Mourinho pushed me on and I thanked him for it. He later apologised for his choice of words as well. He made it clear he just wanted to get the best out of me.”

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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