Jose Mourinho has revealed the reason Mohamed Salah failed at Chelsea, suggesting that the Liverpool star arrived at the the club at the wrong time of his career.
As reported by Tribal Football, Jose Mourinho has given his opinion on Mohamed Salah’s failed stint at Chelsea. The former Manchester United manager has claimed that the Liverpool superstar came to the West London club at the wrong time of his career, also pointing towards the Egyptian’s sleek frame back then.
Mohamed Salah has turned his career around, and how, since leaving Chelsea. Initially embarking on a loan spell to Fiorentina, the Egyptian became a key figure for AS Roma, before returning to the Premier League by joining Liverpool in the summer of 2017.
Salah made an instant impact at Anfield, ending as the Premier League top scorer last season before winning the PFA Player of the Year. While he has had flashes of inconsistency this term, the 26-year-old has continued to remain one of the best players on show in English football, with a return of 20 goals and 8 assists in 38 appearances across all competitions.
One sticking point since his return to the Premier League has surrounded his failed spell at Chelsea, with Jose Mourinho’s decision to not play him regularly being called into question. And now, the former Blues boss has opined on the same while appearing as a pundit for beIN Sports.
“He arrived at Chelsea, coming from Basel, as a lonely boy, a naive boy, completely out of context and physically fragile. Then he goes to Italy. He has the experience at Fiorentina, he has the experience at Roma and when he comes back to England he comes completely adapted to the high level of European football.”
“He has a higher understanding of the game, he is physically much stronger you can see his body and his fitness is much stronger and much more confident.”
Mourinho’s comments do make a great deal of sense, as Salah had appeared to struggle on the rare occasion he made an appearance for Chelsea, while also failing to adjust to the pace of the Premier League. But, the move to Italy has helped the player’s confidence immensely, which has seen him adapt to the demands of English football better.
Indeed, Salah is now one of the best players on show in all of Europe, with poor performances such as the one against Everton this past weekend coming few and far between. What the Egyptian would now strive to achieve is guiding Liverpool to a Premier League title tilt, with the Reds right in it with Manchester City.