Andre Schurrle has slammed Jose Mourinho’s man-management expertise.
The previous Germany ahead was Mourinho’s first signing when the Portuguese coach returned to Chelsea in 2013.
Nevertheless, Schurrle failed to carry down a daily beginning place at Stamford Bridge and was offered to Borussia Dortmund only a season-and-a-half later.
The 29-year-old, who retired from soccer earlier this 12 months, revealed he struggled with the ‘psychological strain’ created by Mourinho in west London.
In an interview with German tv host Joko Winterscheidt, Schurrle mentioned: “Jose Mourinho is a brutal man. I all the time questioned to myself, simply what was he doing?
“How may he deal with me the way in which he did, and simply what did he do to folks? In hindsight I realise what he needed to do, and the way he labored to attain it.
“On the time I couldn’t come to phrases with what he needed from me, together with his harshness and the psychological strain he created.
“It was extraordinarily tough for me at occasions. I typically drove dwelling after having a dialog with him considering I couldn’t take it anymore.”
Schurrle was loaned to Fulham and Spartak Moscow throughout his time at Borussia Dortmund, earlier than hanging up his boots – simply six years after profitable the 2014 World Cup with Germany.
The ex-Wolfsburg star admitted Mourinho broken his ego at Chelsea.
He added: “What may I do? He exerted excessive strain on me. I felt he needed to push me on.
“However, all the identical, he put some ideas into my thoughts that had been arduous to cope with.
“Earlier than I even joined Chelsea I performed in Michael Ballack’s farewell recreation [in June 2013], and Mourinho was teaching my crew.
“He advised me I had higher rating twice, or else he would mortgage me out to Southampton. I didn’t know whether or not he was joking or not.
“I’d typically begin video games for Chelsea and he’d sub me off at half-time. The following recreation I wouldn’t even be within the squad, however as a substitute be sat within the stand.
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“On the time I couldn’t perceive why, and I misplaced my sense of self-worth. It broken my ego.
“Then I began to surprise what Mourinho was desirous about me in coaching. I believed I used to be the one participant he was keeping track of, however that most likely wasn’t the case.
“However at occasions it felt like there was somebody watching me and considering, ‘You’re s***.’”