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Mourinho: I'm always learning

Jose Mourinho says he never stops learning as a manager, with this season's experiences providing new lessons to help him improve.

Despite a 15-year coaching career that has seen Mourinho win titles in four different countries, our Portuguese boss insists that he is still learning every day and taking every opportunity to improve as a manager.

'I think I am a better manager because I accumulate experiences and I analyse experiences and I learn with experiences,' he explained. 'Every exercise I do on the pitch, I learn with feedback, with the direction of the exercise. Every match, every decision. Every defeat, every victory, every goal we score, every goal we concede, I think I learn.

'Manager is the kind of job where you become better and better and better until the day you decide to stop. It's not the kind of job where, like a player, you go and there is a certain moment where you go down because of physical reasons or motivational reasons or whatever. This is a job where the accumulation of the experiences makes you always better. I will be better in 10 years.'

As a manager used to competing for top silverware every year, the current challenge facing Mourinho, namely returning Chelsea to the kind of form that saw us crowned champions in 2014/15, is one he is less familiar with. However, the new experiences accumulated during our difficult start to the campaign brought new lessons and opportunities to develop as a manager.

'I learned how to live without the happiness of winning matches. I learned how to motivate myself without the target of being champion, which is not easy for somebody that always had the happiness of winning matches very regularly and somebody who always played – with the exception of Uniao de Lleiria – with the objective and the target to be champion.
 

Moving onto his squad, Mourinho has also discussed the praise that Willian's form has been receiving in recent weeks. While his prolific strike rate from dead-ball situations has grabbed the headlines, Mourinho was quick to point out that the Brazilian's all-round game has deserved recognition for some time.

'The difference between last season this season is that he scores free-kicks. He was phenomenal last year. He's phenomenal this year. The only difference is that he found a way to contact the stopped ball where he becomes very dangerous. If the goalkeeper moves behind the wall, he scores in the goalkeeper side, like he did against Porto. If the goalkeeper stays to protect his side he scores over the wall. He found a way where he becomes very dangerous.'

Another player to be analysed in the media recently was Eden Hazard, after he operated in a central role as we beat Norwich City 1-0. Mourinho feels Hazard's best position is still out wide, where his performances resulted in him picking up more than one Player of the Season award in 2014/15.

'For me a No. 10 does a lot of things, with the ball and without the ball,' said our manager, who names Wesley Sneijder and Deco as the best he has worked with in that role.

'So for me No. 10 is a very special player in my team, when I play with a No10, which in Chelsea in the last period we are doing. In a system of two midfield players and a No. 10, I demand a lot from a No, 10. Every position is important, but it is an important position.

'I like a No. 10 to score goals. I like a No. 10 to get in the box. I like a No. 10 to score goals like Oscar against Maccabi Tel Aviv. A No. 10 for me is a No. 8-and-a-half when the team loses the ball and a no, 9-and-a-half when the team has the ball.'

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