Ibrahimovic, Sneijder, Cole left out of Mourinho's all-time XI of players he's coached

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Jose Mourinho has named his all-time XI made up of players that he has coached and there are certainly some eye-brow raising selections.

Jose Mourinho's XI - 4-4-2 Diamond midfield formation

Goalkeeper: 

Options he could have chosen but didn't: David de Gea, Hugo Lloris, Thibaut Courtois, Julio Cesar, Iker Casillas, Vítor Baía, Mark Schwarzer.

Mourinho's choice: Petr Cech (195 appearances under Mourinho)

Goalkeeper Petr Cech listens to his manager Jose Mourinho during a Chelsea Press Conferenceon July 20, 2004 in London.
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Left-back: 

Options he could have chosen but didn't: Marcelo, Nuno Valente, Ashley Cole, Cristian Chivu, César Azpilicueta.

Mourinho's choice: William Gallas (91 appearances under Mourinho)

Centre-backs: 

Options he could have chosen but didn't: Jorge Costa, Lucio, Walter Samuel, Marco Materazzi, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Gary Cahill.

Mourinho's choices: Ricardo Carvalho (256 appearances under Mourinho) John Terry (266 appearances under Mourinho)

Mourinho and John Terry with the League Cup trophy in 2015.
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Right-back: 

Options he could have chosen but didn't: Paulo Ferreira, Maicon, Alvaro Arbeola, Branislav Ivanović. 

Mourinho's choice: Javier Zanetti (106 appearances under Mourinho)

Mourinho speaks with Javier Zanetti in November 1, 2009.
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Central defensive midfielder: 

Options he could have chosen but didn't: Costinha, John Obi Mikel, Nemanja Matic, Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira, Michael Carrick, Esteban Cambiasso, Thiago Motta, Patrick Vieria. 

Mourinho's choice: Claude Makelele (138 appearances under Mourinho)

Left midfielder: 

Options he could have chosen but didn't: Maniche, Damien Duff, Angel Di Maria. 

Mourinho's choice: Mesut Ozil 

 

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Mourinho and Mesut Ozil on January 13, 2011.
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Right midfielder: 

Options he could have chosen but didn't: Michael Essien, Luis Figo, Paul Pogba.

Mourinho's choice: Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard and Jose Mourinho celebrate beating Barcelona on March 8, 2005.
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Centre attacking midfielder: 

Options he could have chosen but didn't: Deco, Joe Cole, Dejan Stankovic, Wesley Sneijder, Kaka, Cesc Fabregas, Juan Mata. 

Mourinho's choice: Eden Hazard. 

Left striker: 

Options he could have chosen but didn't: Hernan Crespo, Benni McCarthy, Adriano, Samuel Eto’o, Son Heung-min.

Mourinho's choice: Cristiano Ronaldo.

Right striker: 

Options he could have chosen but didn't: Eidur Gudjohnsen, Arjen Robben, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Diego Milito, Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain, Diego Costa, Romelu Lukaku, Harry Kane. 

Mourinho's choice: Didier Drogba.

Source SBS The World Game