Mikel Obi reveals Mourinho didn’t trust him – Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi has blamed his lack of playing time earlier in the season on manager Jose Mourinho not trusting him.
Mikel, who has now returned to being a more influential player under interim manager Guus Hiddink, revealed that he didn’t know why he lost the trust of Mourinho, who brought him to the club in 2006.
“I think confidence is everything, if a manager doesn’t believe in you, trust me there’s no way you can succeed,” he told Goal. “Even if you do things right he would always make sure he finds fault.
“People change in any walk of life, maybe he decided he wanted to do better in a different way and he didn’t need me anymore.
“He didn’t have the belief that he had in me before, which is fine because every manager has the player that they have trust in.
“It is a tough business, football, so when a manager comes in he wants to have people he believes in. If he doesn’t believe in you he doesn’t play you. And I think it’s all about a manager giving a player confidence.”