In an interview with Bild Bastian Schweinsteiger talked about his former Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho. Basti said that he can definitely see Mourinho coaching in Germany at some point. It’s important to note that this interview happened before Bayern Munich announced Niko Kovac’s firing. Basti first talked about Niko Kovac saying,
I value Niko and am crossing my fingers for him. Last year, he managed to win the Double and I hope that he gets back on track again this time, too. But I also know that working at Bayern isn’t easy.
Schweinsteiger was then asked about José Mourinho and said,
I certainly can imagine José Mourinho in Germany. I remember well how he always asked me about Bayern and the Bundesliga. At away games, too, he never had Serie A or the Primera División on TV, but rather always the Bundesliga. He really knew every player, even from the smaller clubs. He also was already learning German then. He hasn’t worked in the Bundesliga yet, so I can very well imagine that a job in Germany would appeal to him.
Schweinsteiger: “I can imagine Mourinho in Germany.— Goal (@goal) November 4, 2019
“I remember he was always asking me about Bayern and the Bundesliga. During our away games, there was always Bundesliga on TV.
“He really knew every single player, even from the smaller teams. He was also learning German." pic.twitter.com/BoE4f1qGnZ
Since this interview happened before Kovac was fired, Basti was also asked about Mourinho in the context of coaching at Borussia Dortumund. When asked if Mourinho would be a good fit in Dortmund, he said,
I know that he thinks the stadium and fans are super. Mourinho has very special abilities. When he has the right players, he knows how to win titles. He can hurt the opponent. That might fit BVB well. At any rate, he would be a boon for the Bundesliga and have enormous entertainment value.
Schweinsteiger is certainly right when he says Mourinho would add exceptional entertainment value to the Bundesliga if he were to join. It was also interesting to see some of the insight of Basti and José’s relationship during their time at Manchester United which was often reported as contentious.