In his autobiography, Mesut Özil reveals one particular war of words between himself and Jose Mourinho as Bild release excerpts from the forthcoming book.
The former Real Madrid manager did not like Özil's approach and effort and the German explains that after one heated exchange, Mourinho told him, "Do you know what? You're a child. Go and have a shower, we don't need you."
"You think two lovely passes are enough. You're too delicate in the tackle. You think you're that good that 50% is sufficient," Mourinho continued.
Özil's tackling technique did not suit Mou
Özil asked Mourinho what he wanted from him and the manager responded with a very harsh reality: "I want you to play as well as you can. I want you to go into tackles like a man. You know how you go into 50/50 tackles? No? I'll show you!" at which point, the current Manchester United manager stood on his tiptoes, arms by his side and started to jump lightly around the dressing room.
Özil says it did help him to adjust his style and that Mourinho was right, speaking highly about the Portuguese manager in the book.
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