Former Chelsea star Michael Essien missed out on Jose Mourinho’s ultimate dream team which comprised former play mates Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.
The former Black Stars midfielder was brought to Chelsea by the Portuguese tactician for a fee of £24.5m (which was the most expensive for an African) and enjoyed a highly successful career with the Blues before working with Jose for a season at Real Madrid.
Owing to his bullish physique, energy overload on the pitch and penchant to score stupendous goals, Essien was nicknamed the Bison. His unique working relationship with the ‘Special One’ could best be described as a father and son type.
“He was not my player, he is my son – I am his white Daddy,” Mourinho said in an interview at Manchester United’s Carrington training ground.
“Tell you stories? I can tell you more than stories – feelings. That’s the feeling, he is more than a player for me.
“He was probably the only one who took me to his home, to the real home. To the place he was born, to the street where he played football as a kid.
“He made me fall in love with Ghana, with Accra where he lived, because then I had a better understanding of his mentality”.
Per the above description of Michael Essien, it will be ‘absurd’ to think his beloved son will miss his dream team but the Tottenham Hotspur manager thought otherwise.
Asked by Spanish tabloid, Marca, on choosing his dream team, Jose named a team made up of former players at Chelsea with the exception of Inter Milan legend Javier Zanetti, World Cup winner Mesut Ozil and Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Mourinho gave Peter Cech the nod in post ahead of David De Gea, Hugo Lloris and Iker Casillas.
In defence he named John Terry, William Gallas and Ricardo Carvalho along with Argentine Javier Zanetti.
Frenchman Claude Makelele sits at the base of his midfield with Chelsea legend and coach Frank Lampard and Mesut Ozil playing either side, while Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard was selected in an attacking role.
In attack, Cristiano Ronaldo and Chelsea legend Didier Drogba.
Jose Mourinho’s best XI
Cech; Zanetti, Terry, Carvalho, Gallas; Makelele, Lampard, Ozil, Hazard; Ronaldo, Drogba.