Jose Mourinho has praised Lionel Messi for making him a better coach.
And Mourinho believes the experience of facing Messi was beneficial to him as a manager.
"I always say that I owe so much to my players, as to those who have not been my players and have created problems for me," he told EFE (opens in new tab).
"For example, Messi never played on my team but I played against him and he has made me a better coach for having to prepare matches, for having to organize my team. When I say Messi I also say all the great players I have played against."
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Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).
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