Legendary Inter attacker Samuel Eto’o has heaped praise on former Inter manager Jose Mourinho, who had a highly successful spell in charge of the club. The Italian club won the treble in the 2009/10 season under the guidance of the Portuguese.

“Mourinho is a special coach. There aren’t any like him, that’s why it’s called Special One. Absolutely deserved nickname,” Eto’o said, in an interview with Russian news agency Sport24.ru.

Mourinho took charge of Inter Milan in the Summer of 2008 from Chelsea. In his first season in charge, the Portuguese tactician, who now manages Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, led the club to a Serie A and Italian super cup double. Thus, it’s safe to say he had an instant impact on the club.

Inter was never an average club claims Eto’o

When asked if the Inter team that historically won the Champions League in 2010 was an average team, the Cameroonian replied, “Inter has never been an average club! They are the biggest club in Italy. It is logical that with such a team Mourinho won the Champions League.

Eto’o spent two years with Inter, where he joined from Barcelona. The Cameroonian was a part of a swap deal involving Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Between 2009 and 2011 and in his time with the club the former Cameroonian national team player scored 53 goals and tallied 25 assists in 102 appearances across all competitions.