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Murray wants to learn from Mourinho

Andy Murray. PHOTO/File

Andy Murray. PHOTO/File

LONDON, June 20- Andy Murray says he wants to learn the secrets of Jose Mourinho’s success as the former Wimbledon champion fine-tunes his challenge to regain the All England Club title.

Murray battled to a three-set victory over Gilles Muller in Friday’s quarter-finals of the Wimbledon warm-up event at Queen’s Club and then caught up with Chelsea manager Mourinho for a quick chat and a picture that he posted on his Instagram account.

The 2013 Wimbledon champion has become friendly with Mourinho since using Chelsea’s training ground, which is near his Cobham home, during his recovery from back surgery last year.

And given Mourinho’s vast success, including leading Chelsea to the Premier League title and League Cup last season, it is little surprise that Murray is keen to get a few tips from the Portuguese coach.

“I haven’t met him long enough or in a situation where I could do that,” Murray said.

“But I’d love to chat to him about those things to understand what it is that makes him great.

“The consistency of his success is pretty incredible really.”

Murray was below his best against Muller, but he admitted he was still relieved to have put on a winning performance in front of Mourinho after falling flat the last time he was in attendance.

“I said to him that this was a slightly better performance than the last time he came to watch me, which was at the O2 finals last year when I played against Roger (Federer),” he said.

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Chelsea's Jose Mourinho shouts instructions during the Premier League match against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge in London, on May 3, 2015

Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho shouts instructions during the Premier League match against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge in London, on May 3, 2015

“I think he seems to be quite interested in tennis. He spent a few days obviously this week and maybe will come tomorrow or on Sunday.

“So, yeah, I met him a few times when I had my back surgery, I did a lot of my training and rehab in the Chelsea training ground near to my house. I met with him a few times and he’s a fun guy.”

While Murray has a good rapport with Mourinho, he stopped short of grilling the boss about transfers, in particular Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech’s proposed move to Arsenal.

“It looks like that’s pretty much done now. No, I actually didn’t ask him about that!” Murray laughed.

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  1. Bogi

    June 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    A college degree is in no way a measure of a person’s ability. Prominent leaders like Abraham Lincoln, Harry Truman, Lula (Brazil) had no college degrees. Nor did Steve Jobs, Bill Gates (for a long time) and countless other IT greats. This katiba sucks!

  2. njoro

    June 21, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Kenyans we should realise majority of this Mps are there for their own selfish ends. Since the political class has failed as a progressive force, we the people should take the lead in umasking the political rot that is hindering progression and overall social mobility. We should name and shame this people whose behaviour is tantamount to TREASON. Doesnt the Kenyan constitution give all of us equality. This traitors should be taken to court and prevented from running for any office.Though the Government doesnt have laws on treason, we should enforce and evoke chapter 2 article 10 (2) (c) of the constitution. Dear Kenyans just ask your self this question. How has my life been for the past two years?? would it have been better if ,the leadership in this government took the right steps and offered good governance?? If yes then lets get rid of this vermin that has plagued our society

  3. Bure Kabisa

    June 21, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Tigania East MP Peter Munya should know that even a humble clark needs some sort of post Secondary School qualification. His statement that, ““The people with degrees in Kenya are less than 200,000…” is as laughable as his arguing that setting academic conditions would be discriminatory and unconstitutional. Idiocy breeds idiocy.
    MP’s that keep falling over each other to pass such redundant rulings as well as constantly increasing their salaries are Killing this nation. @Bogi. I could also argue that Moi had none and see the mess he left us in. Amin had none, what did he do? The issue here is ‘we spend billions writing a new constitution. And then MPs gang up to mutilate it in one night” We have serious problems and we need serious minds to tackle them. The people you mention transformed the status quo either in technology or their respective economies. What are the likes of our childish MP’s doing? And why at night?


    June 21, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Please someone explain to this stupid braindead goons kenya politicians its not discriminatory to set standards for future Mps rather than away of weeding out jokers and people who do not have what it takes for the job!!! #thats why we have job level in the GOv?????#

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