Glen Johnson believes his boss is much better than the Portuguese maverick…
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Liverpool and England defender has criticised his former manager Jose Mourinho, claiming that his current Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is far superior, Sky Sports reports.
Johnson was actually the first signing of the Roman Abramovich era, but when Mourinho took over one year later, Johnson struggled for game time even when he was playing well.
“It was difficult for me under Jose at Chelsea because there was a moment when he said I deserved to play on merit,” said the right-back, who is set to win his 50th cap for England against Denmark this evening.
“I remember speaking to my agent and saying, ‘He won’t play me in this game because if I play well then he has to play me against Barcelona’, and I knew that wasn’t going to happen.
“He didn’t play me in that game and from that moment I just lost it and thought, ‘Well, how am I meant to respect you now? It’s just finished’.”
Johnson eventually left to join Portsmouth permanently in 2008, and he established himself as one of the most exciting fullbacks in the country, encouraging Liverpool to shell out a huge £18m fee for his services in the summer of 2009.
At Anfield, the 29-year-old’s been an automatic starter when fit ever since, and believes his current boss Rodgers is much better than Chelsea’s outspoken supremo.
“Brendan wouldn’t do that,” the right-back continued.
“He’s shown that if you’re good enough you’re old enough and you’ll play in the big games if you deserve to. So in terms of man management, Brendan is definitely better.”
The fullback thinks his club team have a genuine chance of winning the title this season, ahead of Mourinho’s Chelsea as well.
“You have to believe you can win the league and until there are not enough points available we’ll keep thinking we can. We’ve got 10 cup finals, really, because we can’t afford to lose games or drop many points because Manchester City and Chelsea won’t,” he said.
“City are favourites because they could field a second team that would be competitive, and you can’t compete with that. So we will need a bit of luck but we are definitely good enough.”
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