‘I’m not the manager I was, thank God!’: Jose Mourinho comes out fighting in a defiant press conference to claim he’s ‘in control’, has a ‘beautiful career’ and CAN stop the rot as he plots Spurs ‘history’
- Jose Mourinho came out fighting amid growing speculation over his future
- Tottenham manager is under pressure after losing five of last six league games
- But he insisted he remains ‘in control’ of his destiny at Spurs despite slump
- Mourinho believes he can pen a positive chapter in the club’s history books
- He said his relationship with chairman Daniel Levy is still a positive one
- Mourinho also hit back at suggestions his players were finding training boring
Jose Mourinho is relieved he is not the manager he once was but adamant he has the experience to cope with Tottenham’s difficult patch and end up in the club’s history for good reasons.
Mourinho has hit one of the toughest spells of his career, losing five out of the last six league games to fall down to ninth in the Premier League and be dumped out of the FA Cup, all in the last month.
Mourinho’s tally of 81 points from 50 games is the lowest in his career at any of his clubs.
A defiant Jose Mourinho insisted he remains ‘in control’ of the situation at Tottenham despite a dramatic slump in form and is ‘more motivated than ever’ to write his page in the club’s history
Harry Kane rues a missed chance in what was Tottenham’s fifth defeat in six league games against West Ham on Sunday afternoon
But Mourinho, who first arrived in England as the outspoken, ultra-confident and self-styled Special One when he was appointed Chelsea manager in 2004, said: ‘Thank god am not the manager I was! Thank god! Because if there is no evolution in us I also want to believe that to think you are a better journalist today than you were 10 years ago or so. Thank god!
‘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.
‘But with day to day problems that 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 your age and experience as a person and journalist makes you realise that we people with more experienced, we are better equipped to cope with negative moments.
From title challengers in December, Tottenham’s form has collapsed and they’re in mid-table
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Wednesday Wolfsberger (H)
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Sunday Burnley (H)
March 4 Fulham (A)
March 7 Crystal Palace (H)
March 14 Arsenal (A)
March 21 Aston Villa (A)
‘I am calm. I am in control of my emotions and I cannot switch on and switch off [whether] 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. 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.’
He also insisted his relationship with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy remains strong, defended his sparing use of Gareth Bale and hit back at suggestions some players had grown tired of his training methods.
‘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,’ he added.
‘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.’
There have been reports that some players are tired of Mourinho’s training sessions
On his relationship with Levy, Mourinho said: ‘My relationship is the same since day one 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 we all feel the same feelings. Nobody is happy, nobody is depressed and everybody feels we are going to do better.
Mourinho has also been criticised for his sparing use of Gareth Bale, who returned to the club on loan from Real Madrid last summer but has only started two league games.
But he suggested that the Welshman has nothing to prove to him.
Gareth Bale gave Tottenham more drive when he came on against West Ham on Sunday
Mourinho said: ‘He doesn’t need to convince me. It’s about playing the minutes I would love him to play. It’s a process.
‘You see the number of matches he played in previous years. He had a positive impact, he had a cross, a couple of assists, he had a shot, he hit the post.
‘He’s doing that better but he’s not playing 90 minutes. We are managing his evolution. He has nothing to convince me of.
‘I can tell you that in this moment Gareth is playing the minutes that he feels he can and what he wants and we want is to play more matches than he did and more crucial matches than he did.’