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Man Utd manager Mourinho explains why Liverpool FC star Mo Salah struggled at Chelsea

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Jose Mourinho believes the Premier League was 'too much' for Mohamed Salah when he joined Chelsea nearly five years ago.

Salah was 21 when he switched from Basel to Mourinho's Chelsea for £11m in the 2014 January transfer window and was attached to the Londoners for two-and-a-half years but spent 18 months on loan at Serie A sides Fiorentina and Roma, where Salah moved permanently for £12m in 2016.

Liverpool were interested in Salah at the time of his move to Chelsea and the Egyptian moved to Anfield last year for a knockdown £35m. Salah was voted the Professional Footballers' Association's Player of the Year and is now widely regarded as one of the most clinical attackers in Europe.

Mourinho - who greeted Salah warmly at Anfield last year - referred to Salah's Chelsea start in the 2014 FA Cup fifth round defeat at Manchester City and substitute appearance in the 5-3 reverse at Tottenham in January 2015 as evidence of Salah's 'fragility' during his first spell in England.

"I think he developed incredibly well at every level," Mourinho said. "Physically, amazing development. He was a fast, fragile boy and now he is a fast, strong man.

"He was psychologically not adapted, coming direct from a small club in Switzerland to a big club in England, and in the Premier League it was too much.

"I remember I played him at White Hart Lane and at the Etihad and was too much for him. Now he plays everywhere, against any team. Can go to Barcelona, can go to Madrid, he plays like, 'I am Mo Salah and I am afraid of no one and nobody'.

"He's a fantastic player, completely different from the potential player we brought from Basel to Chelsea. Was a project of player and now he is one of the best players in the world. I know a project of player and now he is a top player.

"But every match we try to analyse opponents, analyse the strengths and weaknesses and when you go to Liverpool, of course they have many strengths, but is nuclear in the strength.

"So do we have to think about [Salah]? I do think we have to think about him and try to think of the best way to cope with a fantastic player like he is."
Last Modified: Sunday، 16 December 2018 11:20 AM
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