Former Chelsea winger, Shaun Wright-Phillips has revealed a change that then Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho introduced upon the arrival of Ghanaian footballer, Michael Essien to the club
According to the former chelsea, Mourinho ordered the players to start wearing shin pads during training upon the arrival of ,midfielder Michael Essien to the club
He also credited Michael Essien with upping the tempo in training upon his arrival, indicating that it got so bad Mourinho had to order players to wear shin pads to training for their own safety
According to Wright-Phillips, Essien was so competitive and even at training they were made to wear shin pads because tackles were flying from everywhere.
“The tempo was completely different when I moved to Chelsea. There was a real step up in quality as well,” Wright-Phillips told Bonus Finder.
“It only got worse when Michael Essien joined because Mourinho was at the point where he was thinking about getting the players to train with shin pads on.
“There was so many tackles flying in and training was really competitive so I don’t think we would have blamed him if Mourinho made that decision.”
Essien now works as assistant manager at Danish club FC Nordsjaelland.