Hernan Crespo explains what Jose Mourinho taught him about management

Ex-Chelsea striker Hernan Crespo has explained how his former manager Jose Mourinho demonstrated to him the necessary requirements to be a top modern-day coach.

Crespo played under the Portuguese boss between 2004-2007 but was not always the first-choice striker, and was sent out on loans to both AC and Inter Milan during his time at Stamford Bridge.

Nevertheless, Crespo clearly has a huge amount of respect for Mourinho, and speaking to Sky Sports he expressed his admiration for the now-Tottenham manager.

"Jose showed me the way to be a top manager, it's not only about picking the first XI," Crespo said.

"It's understanding everything, 360 degrees, in terms of communication with journalists, governance, the players, the coaches. You are in the middle of all these groups."

Crespo is currently in charge of Argentinean side Defense y Justicia, and he opened up about his desire to one day manage in England.

"The Premier League is better than before, it grows and grows," he added. "Why not in the future? I want to come back to work there, I would like to be part of the Championship or Premier League as a coach."

Crespo scored a total of 25 goals in 73 games for Chelsea, and won one Premier League title in the 2005-2006 season.

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But he struggled for game-time following the arrival of Didier Drogba, and arguably never showed his truly best form at Stamford Bridge.

He finally hang up his boots in 2012 following a hugely successful career which saw him earn 64 caps for his country and win silverware in Argentina, Italy and England.

He is currently part of the new Soccer Aid World XI FC team playable on FIFA 20, which is raising funds in the fight against coronavirus.

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