Chelsea summer signing Filipe Luis has lavished praise on manager Jose Mourinho during an interview with Spanish media ,but admitted the Portuguese boss "inspires love and hate in equal doses".
Mourinho ended his tenure at Real Madrid on a sour note with some players – including Cristiano Ronaldo and club legend Iker Casillas – but also with most of the Spanish press. Nevertheless, at the same time he also attracted the love of some fans that still keep a real devotion for him.
Having played in La Liga during most of his career, both at Deportivo de la Coruna and Atletico Madrid, Filipe Luis knows the situation well.
When asked by Spanish newspaper Marca about his new boss, he said: "It's true he inspires love and hate in equal doses."
"But he also succeeds in getting the players to concentrate fully. He helps us focus and makes us believe that being champions is what really counts. He wants us to believe in ourselves."
So even though Luis is struggling to convince the manager he deserves a place in the Chelsea starting line-up ahead of Cesar Azplicueta, he just has nice words for the manager.
Luis moved to Stamford Bridge this summer for around £16m after garnering a reputation in La Liga as one of the best left-backs in the world.
Being immovable for Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid, he may have expected a similar life at Stamford Bridge.
However with the Spaniard excelling in his position, Luis has only made two starting Premier League appearances in the first 15 games.
"I've nearly always been in the starting XI (before coming to Chelsea) and this is a new situation for me, but I think it's a fair one," Luis said.
"The team is playing very well. We're winning matches and conceding few goals. There's not much to say really but I'll try to make the most of the chances I get."