Mikel Arteta reveals what it was like being coached by Jose Mourinho at Barcelona - football

Mikel Arteta reveals what it was like being coached by Jose Mourinho at Barcelona



The two managers’ paths crossed in Catalonia over two decades ago (Picture: Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta has revealed what it was like to be coached by Jose Mourinho during their brief time together at Barcelona and has dispelled the notion that the Spurs boss is wary of young players, saying he was ?very supportive?.

Mourinho is often derogatorily remembered simply as Bobby Robson?s ?translator? during their time together at Camp Nou in the 1996-97 season, though he was a prominent part of the coaching team and stayed on as part of Louis van Gaal?s staff.

At the same time, Arteta ? who will be in the opposite dugout for Sunday?s north London derby ? was coming through Barca?s famed La Masia academy.

Mourinho and Van Gaal during the 1997/98 season with Barcelona (Picture: Getty)
The pair actually worked together, with Mourinho taking a number of sessions with the Barcelona B team ? for whom Arteta made 42 appearances ? as he began his move into becoming a manager in his own right.

Arteta looks back on that time fondly and says Mourinho?s approach with Barca?s young players was the complete opposite of the image that is painted of him as someone who is reluctant to give youth a chance.

Asked what Mourinho was like as a coach at Barca B, the Arsenal boss said: ?He was great! He used to coach us, as you said, with the Barcelona B team.

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