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Wayne Bridge opens up on confidence points, his difficult relationship with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, and why he ‘hated’ England responsibility


Wayne Bridge went to a few main tournaments with England and received the identical variety of trophies with Chelsea, however regardless of all that, he by no means felt like a champion.

Beneath the floor was a person desperately struggling for self-confidence, alongside extra seen issues equivalent to accidents and fierce competitors for locations.

Bridge won every domestic honour, but often found himself behind Ashley Cole

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Bridge received each home honour, however typically discovered himself behind Ashley Cole

Like Anton Ferdinand, his profession has unfairly change into synonymous with John Terry, and what ought to’ve been a dream job typically felt extra like a hardship.

Sitting down with talkSPORT for our collection, After The Lights Go Out, Bridge opens up on the psychological points he confronted throughout his taking part in profession, which he solely not too long ago overcame due to a actuality TV present.

“I went on a present referred to as SAS: Who Dares Wins, and my spouse observed a change in me right away,” he mentioned.

“I used to be extra centered that I wish to do one thing. I’ve had my very own points, 100%, and I really feel like I’m at peace now.

“However I went on that present after I was 38, and I learnt a lot about myself.

His public fallout with John Terry came amid pre-existing confidence issues

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His public fallout with John Terry got here amid pre-existing confidence points

“I knew I had insecurities and self-confidence points, however no one else actually knew about it.

“I learnt to speak extra and change into extra open, however I most likely learnt to love myself a bit extra.

“After soccer I mentioned no to loads of alternatives, primarily as a result of I wasn’t snug in my very own pores and skin.

“After SAS, I favored myself a bit bit extra. When you don’t like me, that’ll most likely damage me a bit bit as a result of that’s who I’m, however I positively like myself extra.”

Bridge had all of the makings of a Chelsea legend when he netted a late winner for the Blues at Arsenal within the quarter-final of the 2003/04 Champions League marketing campaign, and no one anticipated his profession to peak there.

However the arrival of Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge the next 12 months modified issues for Bridge, as did a severe ankle damage in 2005.

Bridge got a good taste of Mourinho’s unique man-management technique

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Bridge obtained a superb style of Mourinho’s distinctive man-management method

He stayed at Chelsea till 2009, however by no means regained his place within the group following the arrival of Ashley Cole in 2006.

And the previous left-back admits his relationship with Mourinho was troublesome at instances.

He mentioned: “I keep in mind having an argument with him in coaching as a result of he was digging me out on a regular basis and I ended up turning round and saying, ‘What’s your drawback?’

“I believe he tries to get one thing out of you and get a response, however my head simply went.

“It was fixed, I knew in myself it was alright, however he didn’t prefer it, it was unneeded and fixed and I used to be pushed to the facet a bit.”

“I turned a nook with him. He is a good supervisor, he was nice for the group and coaching was wonderful.

“Even afterwards, after I’ve had accidents, he would have me in on the coaching floor for remedy, asking me if I wished to work and coach the youngsters. He was actually good with me.

“As a lot as he was laborious on me, and I felt it was pointless on the time, he’s additionally been actually good to me.”

That goal against Arsenal in 2004 is surely the highlight of Bridge’s career

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That purpose towards Arsenal in 2004 is definitely the spotlight of Bridge’s profession

Bridge was unfortunate that his peak years coincided with these of Ashley Cole, each for membership and nation.

He was all too conscious that every time chosen for England, it was solely as cowl for Cole, one thing which he struggled to deal with alongside pre-existing confidence points.

“Probably the most I’ve been homesick was going away with England to World Cups and European Championships,” he added.

“I used to be by no means taking part in, Ashley Cole was at all times going to play. I’ve come on for seven minutes towards Argentina at a World Cup, however for me that’s nothing.

“I actually struggled being on the England camp, I’d communicate to my mum and pop and mates, and I hated it ultimately.

“I wasn’t assured and I used to be surrounded by assured folks, going to coaching considering I used to be by no means going to play and I simply didn’t get pleasure from it.

“I don’t wish to sound ungrateful, that I didn’t like taking part in for my nation, however I discovered it laborious to return to my room alone and the pinnacle house that I used to go to wasn’t good.”

Bridge knew he would only be needed if Cole got injured

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Bridge knew he would solely be wanted if Cole obtained injured

With a contemporary outlook on life, Bridge’s fundamental ardour is his household: his spouse Frankie, and his three children Jayden, Parker and Carter.

It’s a part of the explanation why he doesn’t actually wish to go into teaching.

“The one purpose I might do it’s for cash,” he mentioned. “I’ve had the very best a part of it: prepare for a few hours, go house, relax, play a sport.

“I’d change into pissed off if I used to be a coach, as a result of I’d wish to be on the market doing it. I couldn’t be a supervisor, I wouldn’t thoughts being an assistant.

“I at all times assume ought to I do it? Then I consider the hours they do and the way they’re away from the household on a regular basis. Being at house a lot, I’ve come to like that once more.”


Introduced by Steve Harmison and Leon McKenzie, ‘After The Lights Go Out’ focuses on the struggles {of professional} athletes after their retirement from sport – and the third episode options Wayne Bridge this Sunday at 9.30pm on talkSPORT 





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