Jose Mourinho draws strength from his father's recovery from brain surgery to turnaround Chelsea's season

Jose Mourinho Snr has suffered two strokes since having surgery on a brain haemorrhage earlier this year but the Chelsea manager has revealed that his father has made a "fantastic recovery"

Jack de Menezes
Saturday 31 October 2015 12:10 GMT
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho (Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho can draw inspiration from his own father’s “fantastic recovery” from brain surgery to try and turnaround Chelsea’s troubles this season after revealing that Jose Snr is on the mend.

The 77-year-old underwent surgery on a brain haemorrhage in April this year, but his recovery has slowed down after he suffered two strokes, but Mourinho has revealed that he is now making good progress and it has helped show him what really matters in life.

"My father is winning his fight, and he's winning in a very secure way,” said Mourinho.

"He went to levels where nobody would expect. I think he's a bit of a fighter. He went to levels where it was very doubtful and very difficult.

"But after a difficult period the recovery is good news. The evolution is amazing. Amazing. If there is any consequence of that, it's just positive. The family is happy with a fantastic recovery.

"I know what life is. And I know that, in the end, what matters is the family. And my family is top."

Mourinho has frequently returned to Lisbon to visit his father and admitted that he and his family have been able to draw strength from his father’s determination to battle against his illness.

"The strength of a family is to allow you to focus on your job,” said Mourinho. “Obviously your heart feels. But we did a normal life. We are a strong family."

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