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Mesut Ozil has revealed how Jose Mourinho branded him a ‘coward’ during their time at Real Madrid together, in his new autobiography.
Ozil and Mourinho won the title together during their time at the Bernabau. They both joined in 2010 and left in 2013.
The book, Die Magie des Spiels (The Magic of the Game), gives details about a heated exchange between the pair after an unspecified match, in which Mourinho gave Ozil a dressing down over a complete lack of effort.
“You think two beautiful passes are enough,” said Mourinho, as written by Ozil. “You think you’re so good that 50 per cent is enough.”
Ozil added: “He pauses. Stares at me with his dark brown eyes. I stare back. Like two boxers at the stare-down before the first round. He shows no emotion. Just waits for a response from me. How much I hate him right now. And I love Mourinho actually.”
Mourinho continued tearing into Ozil after the German threw his shirt on the floor: “Oh, are you giving up now? You’re such a coward.
“What do you want? To creep under the beautiful, warm shower? Shampoo your hair? To be alone? Or do you want to prove to your fellow players, the fans out there, and me, what you can do.”
Sounds like things got pretty heated during their time together.
By Ben Kelly – @benkelly_10