Amantino Mancini, bought by Inter in 2008 to coincide with the arrival of Mourinho, gave an interview to the "Guardian" to talk about the Portuguese. The Brazilian revealed some background on his relationship with the Special One in the Nerazzurri
PRESENTATION WITH ANEDDOTI – Here are the words of Amantino Mancini : « José Mourinho is sincere, clear and tells you things in the face. He always gets the most out of his players. But the most impressive thing about José is his tactical preparation, he knows every player and every opponent perfectly. He always has the solution. When you first see it, if you haven't worked with him in the past, it has an incredible impact. I remember the first meeting when he arrived at Inter , I heard him talking and I was shivering. At each word I thought, "Jesus, this is really crazy." In training you have to go to a thousand per hour and always be focused. If you don't, José understands it in thirty seconds and starts looking at you from afar. Then it's your problem … but he is so expert that he realizes if someone is tired. He always has everything under control, on and off the field: this gives his players a rare level of confidence. It was almost mythical to enter his office. He could call you and tell you in the face everything he thought: he can be enthusiastic about how you're working or very angry because you're not giving your best or giving you news about your future. It tells you everything in the face, which is rare in football. Once Mourinho called me and asked me, "What's going on Amantino? You're not OK?". Always note from the player's face, how he trains, if something is wrong. The result is that you have a coach who is like an open book that is never fake. This conveys strength and tranquility. I remember the day he told me I had to leave (January 2010, ed). He called me into his office and said, "Amantino, you don't play often and I see you're not happy. I think it's better if you go away ". I understood it completely and I agreed, from man to man. He understands every situation. Once we played in the Champions League against Panathinaikos (September 2008, ed). At the end of the first half, we were winning 0-2 in Athens. I had a sign, I was very happy, I went into the locker room and José took me aside: “OK, you're playing like crap. You have to do better, don't think you gave everything with that goal ". It made me concentrate at 300%, but I had just scored and we were winning » .
Source : The Guardian – Fabrizio Romano
Translation : Inter-News.it – Simone Messe
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