Mourinho reveals tunnel vision in heartfelt Tottenham news conference

Date published: Tuesday 23rd February 2021 2:23 - Matthew Briggs

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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says he is determined to turn around the club’s current slump ater a heartfelt press conference on Tuesday.

Spurs have lost five of their last six Premier League games to fall out of Champions League contention and Mourinho finds himself in an unprecedented situation in his long managerial career.

The Portuguese coach says that the current run shows how good his career has been and that he is committed to making a success of his time in north London.

“I want to know which coach has always had blue sky and never cloudy or a bit dark,” he said ahead of his side’s Europa League last-32 second-leg tie with Wolfsberger.

“Perhaps only a coach who is always at a dominant club in a league. It shows how beautiful my career has been. Does it make me depressed? No. It’s a challenge. I work for the club, the players and the supporters.

“I always feel I have to give them so much. It hurts me and it’s a great challenge for me and I believe I can give it. I give it everywhere I’ve been and I’m more motivated than ever,” he said.

“I never felt what normally coaches felt when the results are bad, they are lonely men. That’s what we normally are. I never felt that in this building. I feel not only respected but supported. Everybody in the same boat.



“Nobody is happy but nobody is depressed. I feel positive. Maybe a bit weird for you after losing so many matches but I’m positive. I’m not happy but I wake up wanting to come here. Everybody is loving training and working hard with so many matches.”

The former Chelsea and Man Utd boss also revealed he was glad he has “evolved” as a coach.

“Thank God I’m not the manager I was. We all evolve. Sometimes I had problems, not in terms of results as I didn’t have many bad results, but day to day problems and I reacted in a much more emotional way. Instead of helping myself I was creating more conflicts.

“As an example I left Chelsea as a champion. Maybe your experience as a journalist tells you that people with more experience can deal with negative things better.

“We are calm. I am not happy but maturity helps and I am feeling very confident. I believe that we will win through and that I will be in Tottenham’s history through good reasons rather than bad.”

Respect for Levy

Mourinho’s position is now at risk. According to The Telegraph, the next four games will be crucial to his fate.

Mourinho however admits he is in constant contact with chairman Daniel Levy and there is no friction between the pair.

“My relationship is the same since day one which is one of respect and open communication,” he said. “We respect each other. There is no contradiction between us because we both feel the same.

“I believe we all feel the same feelings. Nobody is happy, nobody is depressed and everybody feels we are going to do better.

“What I feel to Mr Levy is what I feel in every club I’ve worked in. I want to give happiness to everyone, the chairman, the players, the fans, everybody connected to the club.

“I feel one of them and I want to give happiness to them. I don’t change.”

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