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Chelsea boss Mourinho names Essien 'The Wall', wowed over Ghanaian's power

Published on: 19 July 2013
Essien and Mourinho

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has named his powerful midfielder Michael Essien as 'The Wall' after the Ghanaian demonstrated his power on pre-season with the Blues.

The Portuguese manage is confident that Essien is ready to demonstrate his strength once more for Chelsea after returning on loan from Real Madrid.

Knee injuries on four occasions since joining the Blues from Lyon in August 2005, during Mourinho's first spell in charge, have threatened Essien's future.

But he was rejuvenated by a loan spell under the Portuguese at Real Madrid last season and now hopes to be part of a successful second spell at Stamford Bridge for the Special One.

At one point in Wednesday's defeat of the Singha All-Stars in Thailand, an opposing player appeared to bounce off Essien.

"He hit 'The Wall'," Mourinho said.

Essien is expected to play a key role of Chelsea this season as they start their fight for the Premier League title.


  • A*S*E*M says:
    July 19, 2013 10:26 am
    Guys this is what Jose Mourinho said about Essien loyalty and plans for upcoming seasons EPL. Michael Essien has been a loyal servant for Mourinho, who signed the Ghana midfielder on loan for Real Madrid last term. Mourinho believes Essien, who signed for Chelsea from Lyon during the Portuguese's first spell as boss and has now recovered from a series of knee injuries, has a key role to play in the forthcoming campaign. "He is a great man and he is a very good player and I see him with special motivation," Mourinho said. "He's a fantastic player and we need this kind of player in this profile of squad, a squad of many, many, many talented kids. "We need this type of player to give us that balance. "He knows exactly his task and exactly what he has to do and big, big, big experience so he will be useful for us." And I said Amen.
  • Emmanuel says:
    July 19, 2013 10:39 am
    Oh oh oh,that's the power of kokonte and ampesie
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    July 19, 2013 10:56 am
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  • Sunnypa says:
    July 19, 2013 11:53 am
    Mikel obi & sunday mba candidates for african footballer of the year n chan footballer of d year respectively if nigeria qualifies for worldcup
  • Job says:
    July 19, 2013 01:02 pm
    Once you take your mind out from pornographic materials, then you became very active in all front. Its makes you spiritual and physical weak and make you vulnerable to minor attack. Since there are many talented players in every team, there's high sense of competition that involves wishes and all kinds spiritual attack. Money to a church is not enough, to orphanage is not enough, and homeless is also not enough, but your relationship to God is all that you need to prosper. May you stay stronger, well fit, and focus.
  • Joxxy 9ja says:
    July 19, 2013 04:45 pm
    Next season will tell.
  • Dr Who says:
    July 19, 2013 07:06 am
    Well said,mourinho....that is a practical demonstration of the power of fufu and banku.
  • Smoking Columbia says:
    July 19, 2013 08:02 am
    @Dr Who, Charlie, you must be right. I can't go a day without fufu or banku. Hmm now look at me, my body is rigid (say kankpee paaaa), powerful and wicked. Anytime, I get to work, motherfuckers keep calling me strong boy. They just don't know that we are bless with stamina from fufu. Forget about them pizzas, cheese burger then thems
  • Deeda says:
    July 19, 2013 08:40 am
    U did not mention 'posina and s3s3w and kwotow.
    July 19, 2013 08:52 am
  • Sam Praise says:
    July 19, 2013 09:07 am
    That's the edge he has over Mikel Obi, and with the fact that he plays in several positions, he's a real wall, with his stamina, even Lampard will be benched!
  • Tanko says:
    July 19, 2013 10:01 am
    @GHFUO: you bad too much!