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Jose Mourinho defends decision to play Essien as left-back

Published on: 29 October 2012

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho says Michael Essien is least bothered by the makeshift defensive role he is being made to play.

The Ghana international has been filling in at left-back following injuries to Marcelo, Alvaro Arbeloa and Fabio Coentrao.

The 29-year-old was however less convincing in that defensive role in the 2-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League game last week.

This drew a lot of criticisms at Mourinho, notably the lashing out of ex Real player Guti who believes the side's youngsters should be given the nod rather than using Essien in his unfamiliar position.

But Los Blancos' Portuguese manager insists his ex Chelsea protégée is happy to play anywhere on the pitch despite taking a pay cut to join the Spanish champions in the summer.

"Essien plays where I want him to play and he doesn't care what the press writes about him," he said.

"He acts with the same willingness when he decided to join Madrid from Chelsea and earning less money."

Essien put in a solid performance at left-back in Sunday's 5-0 win at Real Mallorca.



This article has 3 comment(s), give your comment
  • abu says:
    October 30, 2012 12:48 am
    the one who made the first comment is stupid. If you wish that to your brother then be ready to see your future
  • Fiifa 1 says:
    October 29, 2012 10:11 pm
    Gyan is that also your problem? why don't you think about how God will lift you up like him or may be more than him? I am happy for him as long as he is fit and he is playing football, even if he start keeping for the club as i will still be happy for him. May the good Lord bless mourinho for giving him happiness and confidence again in his footballing career.
  • Gyan says:
    October 29, 2012 11:57 am
    He will soon be keeping.