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11.11.2008 Football News

Mourinho and Scolari are one -Essien

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum - Ghanaian Chronicle

Although he's been dividing his time between the treatment table and the stands, Michael Essien has found enough time to form an opinion on his Chelsea boss, Luiz Felipe Scolari. He thinks he's comparable to former manager Jose Mourinho.

Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and his Stamford Bridge successor Luiz Felipe Scolari have one thing in common -they've both had to cope without midfield dynamo Michael Essien due to injury troubles.

However, many Blues' fans would tell you that's where the similarities end, considering the contrast between Mourinho's 'win ugly' approach and Scolari's Brazilian-style set-up and penchant for flair football.

Essien, though, has been observing Scolari closely, especially now that his return to the Pensioners' first team isn't too far off. Having thought about it, the Ghanaian insisted that the two bosses aren't so different after all.

Speaking to BBC Inside Sport, Essien said: “Scolari? He is a bit similar to Mourinho.

“He's always on the pitch with the players and he says to you what he wants you to do.

“He's a tough man and he knows what he wants.”

Essien will know exactly what Felipão wants as soon as he fully recovers from the knee ligament injury he picked up whilst playing for his country against Libya.