Jose Mourinho has promised to turn Tottenham’s season around – and write his name into the club’s history books for “good reasons.”
The Tottenham boss is feeling the heat after a run of five defeats in his last six Premier League games and the Europa League provides some welcome respite.
Mourinho has earned 81 points from his first 50 games in charge at Tottenham which is the lowest tally from any of his previous jobs and compares badly to his best of 126 from his first spell in charge at Chelsea.
But Mourinho insists he is a calmer, better all-round manager than when he first arrived in England in 2004 and conquered all at Chelsea as the brash, self-proclaimed Special One.
“I feel very confident and I believe we are going to improve and I believe that I will be in Tottenham’s history for the good reasons and not for the bad reasons,” said Mourinho.
“But thank God I am not the manager I was! Thank God! Because if there is no evolution in us.
“Probably I agree with you, I would not be as calm and confident and in control of my emotions because during my career I had sometimes problems not in relation to results. As you know I did not have many bad runs of results.
“Day to day problems happen many times in clubs with all of us. I reacted previously in a much more emotional way and instead of helping myself and the ones around me. I was even creating a kind of conflict situation that I had previously.
“So just to give you an example: I left Chelsea as a champion. So maybe age and experience makes you realise that people who are more experienced, we are better equipped to cope with negative moments.
“I am calm. I am in control of my emotions and I can not switch on and switch off I am happy and unhappy. My nature does not change. I lose a game and of course I am not happy. But maturity hopefully helps.”
Mourinho’s latest setback was at West Ham when they lost 2-1, he was bullish straight after the game saying his methods are still “second to none” which put the onus on the players for their bad run.
However, Mourinho explained that away by blaming the post-match emotions. He also said that “one of his colleagues” went too far with his criticisms straight after a game and yet it would have been a bigger story had he done the same to one of his players.
It is hard to imagine that Mourinho was not talking about Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel’s public condemnation of Callum Hudson-Odoi’s “attitude” when he substituted him after bringing him on at half time.
“In relation to my words, it’s a big frustration to lose matches, especially matches like that one. I prefer to lose playing well than playing bad but when you lose and you play bad, the feeling is just of disappointment and sometimes rage,” said Mourinho.
“And sometimes we say things that can be controversial, we say things that people don’t understand, we can say even really bad things, which was not my case.
“But this weekend I think one of my colleagues went a bit too far in his words but that’s another story because it’s not Jose Mourinho, that’s not a problem.”
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