John Obi Mikel has once again hit out at Jose Mourinho’s management style and says the axed Chelsea boss never placed his faith in the midfielder.
The new Nigeria captain made just five Premier League appearances under the Portuguese coach this season, but has become a mainstay in the side under Guus Hiddink.
And Mikel believes he is benefitting from having a manager who trusts him again, suggesting Mourinho overlooked him regardless of how well he performed in training.
“I think confidence is everything, if a manager doesn’t believe in you, trust me there’s no way you can succeed,” the 28-year-old exclusively told Goal while on international duty with the Super Eagles.
“Even if you do things right he would always make sure he finds fault.”
He continued: “People change in any walk of life, maybe he decided he wanted to do better in a different way and he didn’t need me anymore.
“He didn’t have the belief that he had in me before, which is fine because every manager has the player that they have trust in.
“It is a tough business, football, so when a manager comes in he wants to have people he believes in. If he doesn’t believe in you he doesn’t play you. And I think it’s all about a manager giving a player confidence.”