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Former Inter Milan player reveals what Jose Mourinho did when Maicon turned up to training drunk

The Brazilian was one of world football's biggest stars at the time

Jose Mourinho is easily one of the greatest managers the game has ever seen, agreed?

The Special One has found success at every club he’s managed, from his breakout role with Porto through to his Europa League-winning season with Manchester United last season – and everything in between.


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But perhaps Mourinho’s finest achievement was securing a famous treble with Inter Milan during the height of Barcelona’s tiki-taka dominance in Europe.

Special one, indeed

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Special one, indeed

The Portuguese manager’s spell in Italy began back in 2008 and saw the Nerazzurri go from a mildly successful Serie A side to champions of Europe within two years.

The club also boasted some of the game’s best players of the time, including Samuel Eto’o, Wesley Sneijder and Esteban Cambiasso.

Mourinho won it all at Inter

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Mourinho won it all at Inter

But perhaps one of the biggest stars of Mourinho’s side was Brazilian defender Maicon; a player who really typified the classic South American attacking full-back.

However, with all of his skill, Maicon would often give his manager a real headache by turning up to training on a Monday morning drunk.

Sunday night drink? Go on, then

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Sunday night drink? Go on, then

According to Ianis Zicu – a striker who played for Inter between 2004 and 2010 – Mourinho chose to move Monday training from the morning to the evening to allow Maicon plenty of time to recover.


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Speaking to Digi Sport, Zicu said: “At Inter, Mourinho had a player who was often drunk on Mondays… Maicon.

“Mourinho once called the lads together and asked them, ‘how can we get Maicon in position?’

“After that, he decided to move the session to the evening. And that’s how it went.

“They didn’t train in the morning, but they did in the evening so that Maicon could recover for training.

“These situations can happen in a team, and that team must make a decision.”

Unfortunately, Maicon is usually remembered for being destroyed by Gareth Bale in 2011

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Unfortunately, Maicon is usually remembered for being destroyed by Gareth Bale in 2011

It goes to show you just how important Maicon was to the side at the time.

We can’t think of many players who’d get away with shenanigans like that, right?


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