‘I am not the manager I was, thank God!’: José Mourinho goes out fighting at a challenging press conference to claim he is ‘in control’, has a ‘beautiful career’ and CAN stop the rot while he traces the story of Spurs’
- José Mourinho came out fighting amid growing speculation about his future
- Tottenham coach is under pressure after losing five of his last six league games
- But he insisted that he remains “in control” of his fate on Spurs, despite the crisis
- Mourinho believes he can write a positive chapter in the club’s history
- He said his relationship with President Daniel Levy is still positive
- Mourinho also responded to suggestions that his players were finding the training boring
Jose Mourinho insists that he remains “in control” of the situation at Tottenham and “is more motivated than ever” to arrest his dramatic drop in form and write a positive entry in the club’s history.
But in a challenging monologue about his own legacy and the pressure on managers, Mourinho said he is not feeling ‘depressed’ about the situation and is still ‘waking up to work’.
He also insisted that his relationship with Spurs President Daniel Levy remains strong, defended his moderate use of Gareth Bale and responded to suggestions some players have grown tired of their training methods.
A challenger José Mourinho insisted that he remains “in control” of the situation at Tottenham despite a dramatic drop in form and is “more motivated than ever” to write his page in club history
Harry Kane regrets the missed chance in what was Tottenham’s fifth defeat in six league games against West Ham on Sunday afternoon
He said at a news conference predicting Wednesday’s Europa League game with Wolfsberger: ‘It’s positive, but negative that you say I’m not used to it, but I want to know which coach has always had blue skies and never cloudy. or a little dark?
‘Maybe just a coach who is always in a dominant club in a league. It shows how beautiful my career has been.
‘Does it make me depressed? No. It is a challenge.
“I work for the club, for the players and for the fans. I always feel like I have to give them a lot. It hurts me and it is a big challenge for me and I believe I can give.
‘I give this everywhere I’ve been and I’m more motivated than ever.
From challengers to the title in December, Tottenham’s form collapsed and they are in the middle of the table
Premier League, unless otherwise noted
Wednesday Wolfsberger (H)
Europa League 32-finals, second leg
Sunday Burnley (H)
March 4th Fulham (A)
March 7 Crystal Palace (H)
14th March Arsenal (A)
March 21st Villa Aston (A)
‘I never felt what coaches normally feel when the results are bad, they are lonely men. This is what we normally are. I never felt that in this building.
‘I feel not only respected, but supported. All in the same boat. Nobody is happy, but nobody is depressed. I feel positive.
‘Maybe a little strange for you after losing so many fights, but I’m sure. I’m not happy but I wake up wanting to come here.
“Everyone is enjoying training and working hard with so many fights.”
Later at the press conference, he added: ‘Thank God I am not the manager I was. We all evolved.
‘Sometimes I had problems, not in terms of results because there were not many bad results, but everyday problems and I reacted in a much more emotional way. Instead of helping me, I was creating more conflicts.
‘For example, I left Chelsea as the champion. Perhaps your experience as a journalist tells you that people with more experience can handle negative things better.
‘We are calm. I’m not happy, but maturity helps and I’m feeling very confident.
“I believe that we will win and that I will be in Tottenham’s history for good reasons, not bad ones.”
There have been reports that some players are tired of Mourinho’s training sessions
Regarding his relationship with Levy, Mourinho said: ‘My relationship is the same since the first day, which is one of respect and open communication. We respect each other. There is no contradiction between us because we both feel the same.
‘I believe that we all feel the same feelings. Nobody is happy, nobody is depressed and everyone thinks that we will do better.
Mourinho was also criticized for the moderate use of Gareth Bale, who returned to the club on loan from Real Madrid last summer, but only started two league games.
But he suggested that the Welshman had nothing to prove to him.
Mourinho said: ‘He doesn’t need to convince me. It’s about playing the minutes that I would love for him to play. It is a process.
‘You see the number of matches he has played in previous years. He had a positive impact, he made a cross, some assists, he had a kick, he hit the post.
Gareth Bale gave Tottenham more momentum when they faced West Ham on Sunday
‘He’s doing it better, but he’s not playing 90 minutes. We are managing its evolution. He has nothing to convince me of.
‘I can say that right now Gareth is playing the minutes he feels he can and what he wants and what we want is to play more games than he and more crucial games than he did.’