Players giving pre-match team talks might sound like a novel idea but Jose Mourinho reckons it's more common than you’d think.
It has emerged this season that the Chelsea manager allows his players to deliver a speech in the dressing room before each game.
Mourinho likes to get his point across far in advance of a matchday and is world-renowned for his meticulous preparations and research on opponents.
With a battle plan in place days before kick-off it is left to the squad to muster up a motivational few words in the lead up to a game.
The Special One has revealed he is yet to decide who gets the honours for tomorrow night’s derby with Tottenham but says he suspects similar methods are employed elsewhere.
“I have to think about it and go through the list to see which one didn't do it yet,” Mourinho said of the speaker for Spurs.
“I think almost every team does it, I believe. I think it's normal that somebody gives a couple of words before the team goes on the pitch.
“Sometimes teams have a collective shout. Some others, somebody says a couple of words.
"It's always the manager that does it. Other times, players and members of staff.
“I think it's probably normal. Some clubs don't talk about it, but it's a common thing. Just a couple of words.
“We speak tactically two days before. We analyse the opponents two days before.
“I speak so much and we know so much about the opposition, our game-plan, that in that moment it's just a comfort, a motivational couple of words. Nothing important.”
Chelsea’s squad is full of different nationalities but Mourinho insists all of his players speak the language of football, making it simple to get a message across.
“They are all different,” he added of the players.
“Obviously some speak English better than others. But even that is not very important. Everybody does it.”
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