Who Makes New Tottenham Manager Jose Mourinho’s Most-Played XI?
By Mike Parrott
Every Manager has their favourites and Jose Mourinho has quite a few. We found a starting XI of Mourinho's most-used players.
New Tottenham Manager Jose Mourinho, is known for having a few favourites throughout the near 20 years of his Managerial career. Using TransferMarkt, we can see the players the Portuguese Manager has used the most.
The Goalkeeper for Jose's most-used XI doesn't really cause many surprises with Petr Cech being the man between the posts.
Mourinho and Cech teamed up for six seasons over Mourinho's two stints at Chelsea. The Czech giant made 195 appearances under Mourinho, in which they won three Premier League titles together. Cech still holds the clean sheet record in the Premier League when Mourinho was at the helm, keeping 24 clean sheets in the 2004-05 Season.
For Mourinhos's most used Defenders, the Full-Backs consist of Paulo Ferreira and Marcelo at Right-Back and Left-Back respectively.
Ferreira may be remembered as one of the Portuguese contingent Mourinho brought with him when he made the jump from FC Porto to Chelsea. Ferreria made 175 appearances under Mourinho whilst at FC Porto and Chelsea, going on to win every trophy possible with Mourinho.
Marcelo will come as a surprise for a few, but Mourinho has never had much success with Left-Backs. Marcelo made 113 appearances under Mourinho while he was Manager of Real Madrid.
And his Centre-Back duo comes out as Ricardo Carvalho and John Terry. Carvalho was a member of the Portuguese contingent that Mourinho brought with him, alongside Ferreira. However, Mourinho brought Carvalho with him to Real Madrid as well.
Carvalho made 256 appearances under Mourinho for FC Porto, Chelsea, and Real Madrid, and was the second most-capped Mourinho player.
However, Terry comes #1 in the Mourinho caps. With an astonishing 266 appearances under the Special One, Terry was an ever-present figure in Chelsea's back-line for over 10 years, including every year Mourinho was Manager.
Going with a Midfield three as is the Mourinho way, we will actually name four Midfielders depending on if Jose wanted to play with a #10 or not.
Frank Lampard, Nemanja Matic, and Xabi Alonso consist of the three Central Midfielders who have the most Mourinho caps.
Lampard comes third in Mourinho caps overall with 215 caps whilst at Mourinho's two stints at the club. Infamously, Mourinho let Lampard leave in the middle of his second stint for title rivals, Manchester City.
With Matic being linked to join up with Mourinho again at Spurs, Matic makes the list anyway with 159 caps split between his time at Chelsea and Manchester United. This could maybe go up soon if Mourinho gets his way.
Xabi Alonso is the fourth most-capped Midfielder for Mourinho with 151 to his name. Alonso was an ever-present figure in the Midfield for Mourinho when he was Manager at Real Madrid.
And Mourinho's most-played Attacking-Midfielder comes up as Mesut Ozil. The German Maestro acquired 157 games under the Special One, being an integral part of Mourinho's dangerous counter-attack at Real Madrid.
The front three of Mourinho would come out as one of the most dangerous in their primes with the lineup consisting of Angel Di Maria, Didier Drogba, and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Mourinho brought Di Maria to Real Madrid to balance out the left-wing dominance of Cristiano Ronaldo. The Argentine-Portuguese wing combo dominated La Liga throughout Mourinho's tenure with Ronaldo attaining 164 caps and Di Maria receiving 137 caps each under Mourinho.
When Jose Mourinho paid £24m for Didier Drogba... pic.twitter.com/oBpqpbb1sI- SPORTbible (@sportbible) October 11, 2016
The Striker comes up as the big-game player himself, Didier Drogba. Originally slated for spending £24 Million on Drogba at Chelsea in his first stint, Drogba became one of Mourinho's most famous Generals.
With 186 caps for Drogba under Mourinho's two stints at Chelsea, Drogba beat out Karim Benzema and Marcus Rashford for the highly-wanted #9 position.