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Jose Mourinho
Spelling José Mourinho
Gender Male
Ethnic Portuguese
Job Portuguese Football Coach
Desc Mourinho will always have his critics. The Portuguese is one of the most decorated coaches in the history of the game based on a mantra that decrees the end justifies the means. Calling him boring probably has the same effective as calling Donald Trump stupid. Less than zero


Club as Player Rio Ave
Club as Coach Tottenham Hotspur
  Manchester United
  Inter Milan
  Chelsea FC


Asistent coach Aitor Karanka

2004 07 12 Retrieve

[Less than a year after that explosive start and a little over a month since Jose Mourinho had arrived to replace Ranieri, Adrian Mutu found himself subject to a doping test that found cocaine in his blood] Chelsea believe the club’s social responsibility to its fans, players, employees and other stakeholders in football regarding drugs was more important than the major financial considerations to the company

2004 09 19 Retrieve

[Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham] As we say in Portugal, they brought the bus and they left the bus in front of the goal. I would have been frustrated if I had been a supporter who paid £50 to watch this game because Spurs came to defend. This is a difficult league with everyone losing games. Maybe even Tottenham will lose a game defending with 11 players

2004 11 15 Retrieve

[Spurs load bullets for Gunners to fire: Tottenham 4 - 5 Arsenal] That is not a proper football score; it is an ice hockey result

2005 11 02 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho comments on Arsene Wenger’s dossier] We have a file of quotes from Mr Wenger about Chelsea in the last 12 months - it is not a file of five pages. It is a file of 120 pages, so we have a very strong reaction

My objective is that it is enough. He has talked enough about us. He has said some very strange things about Chelsea FC. We have a very strong answer. I accept his next answer being strong but it is time to stop because if he doesn’t stop, we are there for the fight

2009 03 20 Retrieve

[Inter Boss Mourinho says It’s An Honour To Coach Javier Zanetti] It’s a pleasure knowing that after having played so many games for Inter, he will have played a few under me. anetti has has had many coaches in the past as [Massimo] Moratti liked changing all the time. However, it’s an honour to coach him. He has strength and character, these things make the difference in a player. Physically and mentally he doesn’t seem like a 35 year old man

2010 01 08 Retrieve

[Inter boss Jose Mourinho talk about his player Patrick Vieira who return to EPL] I should give a special mention to Vieira, who certainly played his last game with us. I will miss him but I don’t have the right to demand anything from a club who has done so much for me. He had an impeccable game [against Chievo]. It was the perfect farewell to us, and I want to wish him all the best for his new career [at Manchester City]

2010 09 13 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on Mesut Ozil] Ozil makes things very easy for me and for his team-mates with his football vision and the decisions he makes. It’s easy for him to make decisions on the pitch, which is actually the hardest thing there is in football. It is an art to make football look easy and he has that quality. Ozil is improving. He worked hard for the team on Saturday and the Bernabeu thanked him for it. This is very important for a newcomer who needs the crowd’s approval in order to be confident in his game

2010 12 22 Retrieve

[Real Madrid manager Mourinho rejects Inter return with under-fire Benitez on the brink] I have a four-year contract with Real Madrid, and I’m going to continue here for a long time,’ he told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport. There are many things to do in Madrid, and not only on-field work. I hope that Inter don’t need me now, as this would mean they have taken the wrong path. In my future it will be the Premier League or Italy. Problems at Real Madrid? I never have problems

I don’t want to know when or if Benitez is ousted. I am only interested in Inter, the president, my friends, the players, the fans who in two years gave me everything. I want Inter to win everything apart from the Champions League, where there is Real Madrid

Rafa’s words [after the Club World Cup]. They deserve no comment. I expected at least a thank you from the success that I gave him. Ask all the Inter fans what they think of me and him.

2011 04 03 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on Mesut Ozil] Ozil has evolved. Before, there were details, glimpses of his class, but he mixed those with quieter moments. Now he stands out for his dynamism and the continuity in his game. Ozil is playing absolutely fantastic football. Real Madrid have a great player - and for a long, long time

2011 08 27 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho caused uproar at Inter in 2009 when he openly questioned Sulley Muntari’s decision to fasting] Muntari had some problems related to Ramadan, perhaps with this heat it’s not good for him to be doing this fasting. Ramadan has not arrived at the ideal moment for a player to play a football match

2012 03 13 Retrieve

[Record breaking master tactician Jose Mourinho had something worthwile to say about Michael Laudrup] He was phenomenal in Barcelona. He was a fantastic player whom I would love to have on my team today

2012 05 24 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho would be happy with Hamit Altintop stay] Hamit is a very important player in Turkey. I have a great relationship with him as he is a great player and a great person. I would be happy if he stays, but if he wants a change of scenery, it’s his life. If he wants to return to Turkey - if that’s what he wants for his career - we will facilitate that.

2012 11 06 Retrieve

[Twice Lewandowski headed on; twice Dortmund scored] We committed two bad defensive errors. When you play against good teams and you make mistakes, they kill you

2012 11 11 Retrieve

[Özil has cemented his place in the Germany team, but faces fierce competition for a starting place in the Real Madrid side from Kaka and Luka Modric] Kaka won’t start because he plays more in the number 10 position. Özil will play tomorrow

2013 08 24 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on winning] Of course it is about winning trophies. My DNA didn’t change. I am not the kind of person to be at the same club for three or four years without winning a trophy. In this case, I don’t need the club to say, ‘we are not happy with you, goodbye.’ I will be the first one to say, ‘I gave everything I could but I didn’t succeed, so let’s both go and try a different thing

2013 09 04 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on Mesut Ozil] Ozil is unique. There is no copy of him - not even a bad one. He is the best number 10 in the world. He makes things very easy for me and for his team-mates with his football vision and the decisions he makes. Everyone loves him and sees a bit of Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane in him

2013 09 22 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on his Chelsea players] Beautiful young eggs - eggs that need a mum, in this case a dad, to take care of them, to keep them warm during the winter, to bring the blankets and to work and improve them. And one day we’ll arrive in a moment when the weather changes, the sun rises, we break the eggs and the eggs are ready to go for life at the top level

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on Paul Scholes] Why isn’t he playing for England? It is crazy. Only in England. Scholes is a great, great player. So experienced and still, for me, one of the best in the world in midfield. Manchester United are lucky to have him

2013 11 09 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on dropping Eden Hazard for the game against Schalke after the Belgian didn’t turn up for a training session] I don’t want to lie. He is not injured. Did he forget the time? Look, he’s a kid. Kids make mistakes and fathers have to be clever in the way they educate their sons. He didn’t play. He wanted to play. He was sad. We won without him

2013 12 31 Retrieve

[Chelsea boss Mourinho was less than impressed with the starting lineup he selected for November’s 2-0 defeat at Newcastle] What would I have done differently? I would have changed 11 players

2013 12 31b Retrieve

[In ruling out signing Kevin-Prince Boateng, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho underlines that he always favors brawn over beauty] We want football players - not fashion models. Last year he had more hairstyles than goals

2014 02 15 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on Arsene Wenger] He is a specialist in failure. I’m not. If supposedly he is right and I’m afraid to fail, it’s because I haven’t failed many times. Maybe he’s right. Maybe I’m not used to failing. The reality is he is a specialist. Eight years without a piece of silverware - that’s failure

2014 02 26 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho replaces Pellegrini at the Bernabeu that summer and had breakfast with Raul Gonzalez on his first day of training] I am not part of Real Madrid’s history. Raul is - and I have to respect that

2014 03 08 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane] I think Varane is the best central defender in the world. He is still young, but I think he’s the best

2014 03 08b Retrieve

[Mourinho is less complimentary about some of Varane’s Merengues team-mates] Lots of times at Real Madrid, the players would be queuing in front of the mirror before the game while the referee waited for them in the tunnel

2014 05 04 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on Eden Hazard] Eden is the kind of player who is not so mentally ready to look back at his left-back and live his life for him. He’s not the kind of player ready to sacrifice himself 100 per cent for the team and his mates

2014 09 13 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on himself] If people say I am an arrogant football manager, maybe they are not so wrong. But if some family or some friends say I am arrogant, then I am upset. Because I am not an arrogant friend, I’m not an arrogant family member. I am soft. The secret in everything is love. If you are successful in football, it is because you love football. If you are successful in any job, I believe it is because you are in love with that job, and if you have a successful family it is because people are in love with each other. I’m romantic in the sense that the people I love, they have to know that I love them, and they do know it, and they feel it. My wife did a tattoo and challenged me to do it. I didn’t at first because I always felt, ‘Urrrgh, it hurts’ and ‘I don’t have to do this to my skin’, and so on and so on. But it was her birthday and I thought it would be a good gift to her. So I had my wife and my kids’ names on my wrist and it was not as painful as I thought. It was easy. For me, the perfect weekend is when I am at home with my family. Perhaps watch my son play football and then have dinner in a restaurant. [When I watch my son play] I am the quietest father of the group. I go there, I am put in my corner, and I make no comments, nothing. I am very calm

2014 09 27 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on Frank Lampard] When he decided to go to a direct competitor the love story was over. I don’t believe in stories of passion and heart

2014 09 20 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on Chelsea’s disappointing draw at home to Schalke] As we say in my country: if you don’t kill, you die

2014 10 18 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on Ronaldo] It’s like Zidane for [France] - there will never be another. Christiano Ronaldo’s an incredible player. He’s a goalscoring machine

2014 11 08 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on the Chelsea fans] We are the team to get less support in home matches. When compared to my previous time I think it’s getting worse. I will always love them and respect them, but I don’t know why

2014 11 29 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho hits back at Sergio Ramos after the latter criticised the withdrawals of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa from the Spain squad] I didn’t realise Sergio did a medicine Masters in the last couple of years

2015 01 10 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on coaching Mario Balotelli at Inter Milan] We had funny problems. I told him to be at 2pm in my office for a meeting and, when I called him, he’d gone to the Formula 1 qualification on the Saturday for the race on Sunday. He said, ‘Meetings in your office I can have every day, but to see the Formula 1 is only once a year in Italy.’ A couple of days later I had to laugh

2015 02 28 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho has his say on Arsene Wenger] He has a dream job that we’d all love to have. I think every manager in the world would like the stability by being here year after year after year, to buy to sell and rebuild, and wait and wait for success

2015 04 11 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on footballer] In Portugal they say that you can change everything except your mum and your football club. I understand football’s power - socially, politically and culturally - but how can a footballer be in Forbes magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world? It’s absurd! We don’t save lives! I know that people can jump from a fifth floor because their team lost a game, but that person has problems. How can you compare a football player, a football manager, with a scientist, a doctor?

2015 04 25 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho lashes out at those responsible for monitoring match officials] We have to change the catering because many, many times they don’t see the games. Really, I think they stay eating and drinking. Sushi, lobster, champagne of high quality, Cristal - everything! We should give them bread and water

2015 05 02 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho hits back at the Arsenal fans’ chants of ‘Boring, boring Chelsea’] I think boring is going ten years without winning the title - that’s very boring. But maybe they were not signing to us, because when you are at home, and you want to win the game, and you take your No 9 off, maybe they wanted more

2015 05 08 Retrieve

[Manager of Chelsea Jose Mourinho on Steven Gerrard] But speaking about Liverpool and speaking about honouring the champions, this is my time to honour a champion. It is my time to honour Steve Gerrard. It is with opponents like him that I am the manager that I am, because I learn with my players and I learn with my best opponents. I learn with my players’ problems, my players’ doubts, my players’ qualities and I learn with my best opponent, with the problems they give me - the way they make me think, the way they make me analyse them and studying the best way to play against them.

Steven Gerrard is for sure one of my favourite enemies - an enemy with all the good feeling I can express with that word in football. For sure, in England he is my dear enemy. For sure, he is the one that made me a better manager. To stop him or try and stop him has been very, very difficult. I tried to bring him to Chelsea, I tried to bring him to Inter, I tried to bring him to Real Madrid but he was always a dear enemy. I want to honour him and I hope Stamford Bridge has the same feeling as I have, which is we need people like him as our opponents

2015 05 09 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho seemingly takes a swipe at Pep Guardiola] I’m not the smartest guy to choose countries and clubs. I could choose another club in another country where to be champion is easier. I took a risk. I was champion at every club I coached. I came to Inter, Real Madrid and Chelsea. To win the title in Spain with 100 points against the best Barcelona ever was a big achievement that I enjoyed so much. Maybe in the future I have to be smarter and choose another club in another country where everybody is champion. Maybe I will go to a country where a kit-man can be coach and win the title

2015 08 01 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho responds to Montse Seara claiming Rafa Benitez cleans up Mourinho’s messes] I’m not laughing. Because her husband went to Chelsea to replace Roberto Di Matteo and he went to Real Madrid and replaced Carlo Ancelotti. The only club where her husband replaces me was at Inter Milan, where in six months he destroyed the best team in Europe at the time

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on Thierry Henry] Is he one of the all-time greats? Obviously. He’s the kind of player that you need forever

2015 08 23 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho responds to being asked if he was surprised Manuel Pellegrini was handed a new Manchester City contract] Why? Some other clubs, they are disappointed for 15 years and the manager is the same

2015 08 29 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on winning] I don’t know what ‘to win at all costs’ means. What I know is that you can win it once not being good, you can win it once because you were very lucky, but [for a manager] to win it so many times, you can’t do it without the top qualities. It’s very funny because the best team in the history of La Liga, Real Madrid [in 2011/12]: 100 points, 121 goals. The team with the most victories, points and goals [in history]. Manager? The ‘defensive’ Jose Mourinho. Premier League points record? Chelsea Football Club, 2005/06. Manager? The ‘defensive’ Jose Mourinho. There is something that is not right.

2015 09 26 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on himself] There are people who are not happy with so many successes. I am a fantastic manager when I’m not winning matches and I’m a fantastic manager when I am. You like ‘up and down,’ but it’s not like that. The pundits get big money not to say easy things. They have to be geniuses in their analysis or they don’t deserve the money they get. There’s an easy way for them to think: ‘We won four Premier Leagues, three with him and one with his team, so this guy is not bad.’

2015 10 03 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on his Chelsea side’s performance against Newcastle] In the first half it was very bad. On a scale of 1 to 10, it was -1. There were too many poor individual performances. At the break I told them I had no time to ask them why they were so bad. I’m not a magician. I do my best, but I wanted to replace at least six players in the second half

2015 11 07 Retrieve

[Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on his one-match stadium ban for Chelsea’s visit to Stoke City] I travel with them, yes. I travel with them and will be with them until the moment somebody stops me, which is, I think, when I am in the limit of the compound of the stadium. We know when I have to stop. I have to get out (of the coach) before. I don’t know (where I watch the game). I have no plans. Maybe I sit in the street corner with my iPad. I don’t know

2015 11 28 Retrieve

[Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho can afford a joke after his side beat Norwich City 1-0 to end a run of three straight defeats] I said already that the fourth position for me is not an impossible mission. If you ask me the title I would say impossible mission. Maybe Tom Cruise can do it

2015 12 17 Retrieve

[José Mourinho Is Fired by Chelsea] Chelsea Football Club and José Mourinho have today parted company by mutual consent. His three league titles, F.A. Cup, Community Shield and three League Cup wins over two spells make him the most successful manager in our 110-year history. But both José and the board agreed results have not been good enough this season and believe it is in the best interests of both parties to go our separate ways

2015 12 17b Retrieve

[José Mourinho Is Fired by Chelsea] I feel my work was betrayed. Last season I did an amazing job and I brought players to a level that is not their level.

[In an interview in 2009, he likened his relationship with his players to a family] Good relation, bad relation. Kisses and little fights, but always very honest

[Chelsea fans still seem to revere Mourinho, chanting his name even this dreadful season] Their support is more than I could expect after such a bad season. I know last season we were champions, but this season has been really bad.

2015 12 29 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] Everything, his talent, the time he put his talent at the service of Manchester United and football in general (when asked what makes Sir Alex special). The passion that he has put in to everything, and after that in private moments, obviously, a good friend, a good person, a fantastic sense of humour. I like him very, very much. Now and again I’ve had questions to put to him and the way he has answered to me was always magnificent and a great support

2015 12 30 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] Sir Alex made Man United think in a certain way. He modelled club around his personaliy. Man United will always be influenced by what he did. The club was made in his image

2016 02 18 Retrieve

[Quotes on Paul Gascoigne] He was aggressive, very physical, but at the same time very technical, fantastic characteristics that you need to be a top footballer

2016 02 19 Retrieve

[Quotes on Paul Gascoigne] I worked with Mr (Bobby) [Robson](bobby-robson.html), and he was really in love with Paul, and was permanently speaking about his talent, and about the pleasure he had to coach such a talented player

2016 02 20 Retrieve

[Quotes on Paul Gascoigne] Paul Gascoigne is the special one

2016 02 27 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on the former Chelsea star] At Chelsea, in my first period, I had Frank Lampard, probably the best player in the Premier League for one decade

2016 06 23 Retrieve

[Allowed by van Gaal in 2000 to take charge of the team for the Copa Catalunya, a regional cup competition, Mourinho got his first taste of fully-fledged management. Mourinho later recalled] He came down at half-time to the dressing room to listen to my team-talk. He didn’t want to interfere, because probably he thought that was right

2016 07 05 Retrieve

[At his unveiling] It is a job everyone wants and not many have a chance to have and I have it

[on Wayne Rooney] Maybe he (Wayne Rooney) is not a striker, not a number nine any more but for me he will never be a number six, playing 50 metres from the goal

2016 07 09 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho held his first press conference as Manchester United manager and revealed what advice Sir Alex Ferguson gave him upon his arrival at the club] He said bring the umbrella! Yesterday I couldn’t believe it was raining at the training ground so it was great advice. The second advice was to bring my typical bottle of wine because now we are going to have many occasions to be together. He is at the Euros so I cannot see him this week but when his summer holidays are finished we will have lots of time to meet each other. He is always welcome to the training ground and we will have time to share a lot of our personal stuff

2016 07 16 Retrieve

[Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho sums up summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic in three words] Goalscorer, winner and funny

2016 07 23b Retrieve

[Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho explained at a press conference in Shangahi why he left new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic out of the club’s tour of China PR] The best suits are the suits by measure. That’s better than going to a shop and buying a suit that might fit you or might not. The players are the same – no two are the same. My decision with Zlatan is down to two hours of study of him, with my coaches, even though he came out of the Euros before others. The mind and body must adapt. At training level, we try to do suits by measure – it’s perfect for the person

2016 08 05 Retrieve

[Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on Wayne Rooney] It was for Rooney, for the fans in that perspective of them showing appreciation for a player who was magnificent for their club. The season he joined Manchester United was the season I came to England for the first time so I was always close to it, everybody knows he’s a player I wanted to buy. Finally, I have him and I have him in the club that he loves, the club where he had the best years of his career

2016 08 09 Retrieve

[Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Paul Pogba for a world record fee of €110m (£93.2m) from Juventus] Paul is one of the best players in the world and will be a key part of the United team I want to build here for the future. He is quick, strong, scores goals and reads the game better than many players much older than he is. At 23, he has the chance to make that position his own here over many years. He is young and will continue to improve; he has the chance to be at the heart of this club for the next decade and beyond […] Our fundamental market is 75% done and when we sign one midfield player that crucial work will be done. Sometimes things happen that you are not expecting, and we have to react

2016 08 12 Retrieve

[When in optimistic mood] We feel that we are candidates to win the title

2016 08 13 Retrieve

[New Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho laments the fact that his side will be out of Europe’s top competition this season] Man United has to be in the Champions League. I think that the Champions League is empty when Man United is not there. Imagine the Champions League without Man United, Real Madrid, Barcelona. There are a certain numbers of clubs that make it not a Champions League without these clubs. That’s Man United and their natural habitat

2016 09 17 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho reveals it was difficult to convince record-signing Paul Pogba to join Manchester United] Oh! It was hard to convince him. I had many [conversations] on the phone, lots of SMS. I think he was getting one in the morning from the manager from another big club and one in the afternoon from myself. I had to try hard to convince him to choose us instead of the other one

2016 09 22 Retrieve

[After successive losses to Manchester City, Feyenoord and Watford] We had a bad week. I know that some football Einsteins, they tried to delete 16 years of my career and delete an unbelievable history of Manchester United Football Club and focus on a bad week and three bad results. But that’s the new football - it’s full of Einsteins

2016 10 22 Retrieve

[Acknowledging he must win to be ‘special’ to United fans] If, at the end of the three years, I don’t win a single piece of silverware for them, they will say ‘great guy, good coach, we like him, but we feel nothing special about him’

2016 10 23 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United coaching staff ignored Antonio Conte’s outstretched hand as they turned to retreat down the tunnel, it provoked a heated argument with a member of the Italian’s own back-room team] You know me: I spoke to Antonio Conte, not to you. I’m not the kind of guy to come here and share with you things I don’t want to share. What is between me and Antonio is for us … or up to him to talk if he wants to. That is his problem. I have no comment.

I’m not disappointed with the performance, but with the mistakes. If we could delete the defensive mistakes, the performance was good. But when my teams have perfection in their defensive performances, people say that is not important. But the reality is that it is important. We made an incredible defensive mistake, I say incredible in capitals, in the first minute and then the game is different. It is one of those days when you give the advantage to opponents by doing nothing

We put ourselves in a situation where we gave Chelsea the game they wanted to play: the block compact and low, as it was in the second half, and wait for the chances on the counter-attack. Football matches start at 0-0, this match started 1-0

2016 10 29 Retrieve

[Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho talks about United midfielder Paul Pogba qualities] He can play in so many positions. The problem is not the position. The problem is not the tactical system. The problem is, in my opinion, somebody that comes from a different style of football and needs this time to be at his best level in football that is really difficult to play, especially for midfield players. I think it is really difficult to play or adapt from different realities, but he is a phenomenal player. He has unbelievable potential. He has years and years to develop his game, so that expectation and investment from the club is based on that – a super player for the next seven or eight years.

We don’t expect Paul to arrive here and the next day to be unbelievable, but the other thing is that we trust him so much that we pass to him this kind of feeling. He is a very self-confident boy too, so we are living well with the critics, if you want, and we know what the critics are. With the quality of his pass, with his aerial game, with his agility in such a big body, for his defensive side of the game, coming from the back with the ball, he would be a phenomenal central defender, too.

2016 11 07 Retrieve

[Appears on to cast doubt on Chris Smalling and Shaw’s claims they are injured after the defensive pair missed a win at Swansea] There is a difference between the brave, who want to be there at any cost, and the ones for whom a little pain can make a difference

2016 11 19 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho reiterated his desire to win trophies as Manchester United manager] I am in the club where I want to be. When I was sacked at Chelsea, I was not in trouble. I had lots of offers. I don’t speak about them. I could be working one week after in some of the biggest clubs in Europe. I waited for this chance. I was champion in four different clubs. I want to be champion in every club I have worked. I want to do that at Manchester United

2016 12 17 Retrieve

[Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho takes a light-hearted dig at Michael Owen after the former United forward claimed Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a short-term solution] Zlatan will score more goals in one season than Michael Owen in three seasons at Man United. He [Owen] scored 17 goals in three seasons, Zlatan is almost there in six months, so he’s not a bad choice for us

2017 01 07 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho speaks about The Best FIFA Football Awards that take place in Zurich] It’s difficult to believe! Eusebio, Luis Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo, myself have won top awards and maybe Fernando will too. Benfica and Porto have won European titles and Portugal won the EURO. A little country with a view of the Atlantic, it’s incredible. Our passion is perhaps our secret

2017 02 01 Retrieve

[Rounds on the media and disciplinary officials after goalless draw with Hull] You do your job and you do a public service, I think. Tell the truth. It’s as simple as that. I am different in everything. I watch my team play in a hotel, I was forbidden to go to the stadium, my assistant had a six-match stadium ban and he didn’t touch anyones

2017 02 04 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho speaks about the importance of having a well-rounded knowledge of life] I was in high school, and he was a philosophy teacher. I was not interested, and he could see my mind was elsewhere. So he stopped the class and said, ‘hey, Mr Mourinho, what’s going on? No attention, no concentration, I am speaking to the walls’. I told him, ‘I want to be a football manager, not a philosopher’. He told me, one day you’ll realise that philosophy will be as important as physiology, biology, statistics … you ignore psychology, you don’t respect my classes. Don’t forget this’. And he was right. Now, I think managers understand this. But I understood it 25 years ago

2017 02 25 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho reacts to Ranieri’s sacking] He deserves the Leicester stadium to be named ‘Claudio Ranieri Stadium’. The most beautiful thing in the Premier League and one of most beautiful in football history

2017 02 26 Retrieve

[After defeating Southampton in League Cup final to win his first trophy as United boss] I put a lot of pressure on myself. You put a lot of pressure on myself. I wanted very much to win a major trophy at every club. By doing that with Manchester United it’s quite the sense of relief because it was a big target for me

2017 03 04 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho reiterates his hope for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to extend his stay at Old Trafford following United’s 3-2 win over Southampton in the English League Cup final] I never bank for a player to sign a contract, I never bank for a player to play for me. But, if needed, I think maybe ­United fans can go to the door of his house and stay there all night. We all want and believe that he is going to stay with us one more season

2017 03 09 Retrieve

[Quotes on Didier Drogba] I don’t say Didier was the greatest player I have worked with because I have had so many great players. But he was a great player, a great friend and somebody who will be part of my life forever. He would say the exact same about me. We created the kind of emotional links that are more than football

2017 03 10 Retrieve

[Quotes on Frank Lampard] [. . .] I consider for sure, one of the five most important players in the history of Chelsea football club: Frank Lampard. [. . .] a match-winner with the number of goals he scored, a big character, a player without injuries who played every game, an absolutely amazing player

2017 03 11 Retrieve

[Quotes on Frank Lampard] One of my best players ever, one of my best professionals ever, a Chelsea legend and a legend in the Premier League

2017 03 13 Retrieve

[Mourinho responds to Chelsea supporters labelling him ‘Judas’ during United’s 1-0 FA Cup quarter-final loss at Stamford Bridge] They can call me what they want. Until the moment they have a manager that wins four Premier Leagues for them, I’m the number one. When they have somebody that wins four Premier Leagues for them, I become number two. Until this moment Judas is number one

2017 03 16 Retrieve

[After Marcos Rojo asked for a banana during the Europa League win over Rostov] The player asked for a banana and it is not to laugh at all, it is to respect the players and their limits. They gave absolutely everything

2017 03 17 Retrieve

[Questions United’s transfer policy] Manchester United sold players that I would never sell and bought players that I would never buy. I would never have sold (Angel) Di Maria, Chicharito (Javier Hernandez), Danny Welbeck - never, no chance

2017 04 Retrieve

[After a 1-1 draw with Everton, Luke Shaw is told to grow up quickly] He was in front of me and I was making every decision for him. He has to change his football brain. We need his fantastic physical and technical qualities but he cannot play with my brain

2017 05 06 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho was full of praise for Marcus Rashford] He’s a 19-year-old kid, but he’s a 19-year-old kid in love with football. A kid that finishes a training session and stays half an hour more every day to take free-kicks and to wait for the opportunity. His mentality - he works, he works, he works. He’s very mature and let’s forget the age because what matters is not age [but] the quality. He trains a lot. He trains, and practises, he enjoys the extra work

2017 05 10 Retrieve

[Questioning the atmosphere at Old Trafford ahead of the Europa League semi-final with Celta Vigo] I see a difference between matches. I don’t think it’s consistent, the atmosphere and enthusiasm

2017 05 20 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho reveals how he enjoys the second season at clubs that he coaches] I try to analyse the realities before I arrived in the club, but you only know the reality when you are inside. The first season is hard. I enjoy the second because in the second, I know I’m not making mistakes. You think you know the players, but you don’t. You only know them when you have them in good moments and bad moments. The one I really enjoy to do is the transition from the first to the second season

2017 05 24 Retrieve

[After the Europa League final defeat of Ajax, which came fewer than 48 hours after the Manchester Arena bombing] If we could, we would change obviously the people’s lives for this cup - immediately, we wouldn’t think twice. Does this cup make the city of Manchester a bit happier? Maybe

2017 05 27 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho admits feeling irrelevant at the Old Trafford club when compared to club legends Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Matt Busby Despite claiming three trophies in his first season as Manchester United manager] In this club, it makes me feel that I did nothing. Especially because you have two legends - many of them, but two are legends in terms of titles and trophies - I feel I am nobody. I always have to prove. I just feel that what I did in this club is not enough to deserve to be here

2017 07 Retrieve

[Making a reference to then Chelsea boss Conte’s hair transplant on United’s pre-season tour in July 2017] I’m not going to lose my hair to speak about Antonio Conte

2017 07 22 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho tells that he wants to stay at Manchester United for the long term] I am ready for this. I am ready for the next 15, I would say. Here? Yes, why not? I have to admit that it is very difficult because of the pressure around our jobs, everybody putting pressure on managers and things that people say – that we have to win, but in reality only one can win and every year it is getting more difficult

2017 07 29 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho spoke about Rooney and his impact at the club before moving to Everton this summer] I miss him a lot, I miss the guy a lot, I think he’s a fantastic guy. I’m not the kind of guy that gets normally emotional in my job and I did it with him when he left, but I am sure that he’s going to be very good for Everton, and Everton is going to be very good for him

2017 09 10 Retrieve

[Appraising the spells of predecessors David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal] There was an evolution in the other clubs. There was no evolution in this club. In all the areas that make a team successful I think we stopped in time. That was quite an empty period in the club

2017 10 20 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho and his pithy assessment after his United side secured the Europa League] There are a plenty of poets in football, but poets don’t win many titles

2017 10 15 Retrieve

[Saying United will not be his final job in interview with a French broadcaster, in comments interpreted as a flirtation with Paris St Germain] The only thing I can say is that I’m still a coach with worries, with ambitions, and with the desire to do new things. And I don’t believe… no, I’m sure that I won’t end my career here

2017 11 03 Retrieve

[After declining an invitation to meet fans’ representatives to discuss tensions between himself and supporters] I think a quarter of the planet is Manchester United red. I cannot meet them

2017 11 18 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho gives some of his thoughts on who will contend for the FIFA World Cup next summer in Russia] I think England must have a chance because the players are really good. There’s a great generation of players at different ages and with different qualities. They have good experience at club level, playing in the Premier League and plenty of them play in the Champions League too. England have great potential to do something important. In South America, there are a couple of important teams. In Europe the same three or four so I can’t believe next summer we will have a huge surprise

2017 11 21 Retrieve

[After taking a swipe at England after claiming United were not informed about Phil Jones’ pain-killing injections for a thigh problem] The local injections before the match, we were not informed [about]

2017 12 09 Retrieve

[Accussing Manchester City of simulation ahead of the Manchester derby] If you ask me one thing that I don’t like a lot it’s that they lose their balance very easily. You know, a little bit of wind and they fall

2017 12 26 Retrieve

[Sorry, Mourinho, Guardiola hasn’t just bought good players, he’s made them better] We are in the second year of trying to rebuild a football team you know is not one of the best teams in the world. Manchester City buy full-backs for the price of the strikers, so when you speak about big football clubs, you are speaking about the history of the club.

2018 01 Retrieve

[A war of words with Antonio Conte escalated in January 2018 when the Portuguese made reference to the Italian’s four-month ban for failing to report attempted match-fixing, which was later overturned and saw Conte acquitted] What never happened to me and will never happen to me is to be suspended for match-fixing

2018 01 06 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho responds to Scholes’ criticism of Paul Pogba, speaking after the club’s 2-0 win over Everton] It’s not Paul Pogba’s fault he makes much more money than Paul Scholes

2018 01 25 Retrieve

[After signing a new contract until 2020] We have set very high standards - winning three trophies in one season - but those are the standards I expect my teams to aim for

2018 01 27 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho gives an analogy for the Alexis Sanchez signing] You like the ones at the top. They are so nice and so orange and so round and so full of juice. When you see a tree with amazing oranges at the top of the tree and then you cannot get there and you say, ‘I got the lower ones because I don’t like the ones at the top’. But you can’t get there, so you say ‘I don’t want to go there’ or ‘I prefer the other ones’. I think it reminds me a little bit of that story

2018 03 13 Retrieve

[In the immediate aftermath of the Champions League last-16 exit to Sevilla, Mourinho makes bizarre reference to eliminating United when he was an opposition manager] That’s not the end of the world. I sit in this chair twice in the Champions League and I knock out Man United at home at Old Trafford. I sit in this chair with Porto, Man United out. I sit in the chair with Real Madrid, Man United out. So, I don’t think it is something new for the club and of course being Manchester United manager and losing a Champions League tie at home is a disappointment

2018 03 16 Retrieve

[Part of a lengthy rant, using prepared notes in defence of United’s Champions League exit to Sevilla a few days earlier] When you start the process, you are here, you are there, or you are there. It is heritage. It’s heritage

2018 07 15 Retrieve

[Man Utd outcast Blind closes in on €21m Ajax return] When a player wants to go, if that’s the case, when the right offers arrive in the club we study that because we always try to have the players happy. So, if happiness means for them to leave, let’s see what happens, but they are in my plans. I don’t want to sell [them], I want to keep [them].

2018 07 25 Retrieve

[First, Tottenham swiped Willian from Liverpool. Then, Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea stole the Brazilian away from them] That’s the danger of medicals before contracts. The best thing you can do is do the medical in secret

2018 07 27 Retrieve

[Refusing to be drawn on whether United can challenge for the Premier League title] I don’t answer to your question

2018 07 28 Retrieve

[After a weakened United lost 4-1 to a Liverpool side without their leading players in Michigan in the International Champions Cup] I wouldn’t spend my money to see these teams

2018 07 29 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on Eric Bailly’s willingness to play against Liverpool, despite the Ivorian’s struggle with an injury problem] Bailly was not going to play. But when he saw that Chris Smalling in the warm-up was leaving, he decided by himself he did not want another kid on the pitch. It is not fair to Alexis Sanchez, to Juan Mata, to Ander Herrera, and the guys that are there

We are just trying to play these matches in the best way we can. The boys did very well until the gasoline said goodbye

2018 08 09 Retrieve

[After the summer transfer window closed without United adding the centre-back he craved] One lie repeated 1,000 times is still a lie, but the perception of the people is that it’s true but it’s still a lie. So, when you repeat 1,000 times that my relationship with my players is not good, it’s a lie that repeated 1,000 times is still a lie

2018 08 18 Retrieve

[Criticising neighbours Manchester City for their Amazon Prime documentary] You can be a rich club and buy all the best players in the world but you cannot buy class…because I am in the movie I could ask for some royalties

2018 08 19 Retrieve

[Mourinho critical of mistakes after defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion] We made mistakes and we were punished by our mistakes. Sometimes you make mistakes and are not punished, sometimes the opponent doesn’t take advantage of your gifts, sometimes they do. This time was almost three on three. They were critical with the gifts that we gave them and because of that I think they deserve [the win].

2018 08 27 Retrieve

[Leaving the post-match media conference angry at a perceived lack of respect following 3-0 Premier League loss to Tottenham at Old Trafford] Do you know what was the result? Three-nil. Do you know what this means (holding up three fingers)? Three-nil but it also means three Premier Leagues and I won more alone than the other 19 managers together. Three for me and two for them. Respect, respect, respect

2018 08 28 Retrieve

[Mourinho attempted to remind everyone of his past Premier League accomplishments, holding up three fingers and saying] Do you know what this means? 3-0. That also means three Premiership [titles], and I won more Premierships alone than the other 19 managers together. Three for me and two for them

2018 09 01 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho speaks after his side’s 3-0 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford] Goals for are vitamins, goals against are an overdose of fatigue

2018 10 06 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on his last match before get sacked] This is not about me. It is about the football club the fans love. In a match that was very important for us to win, they were absolutely amazing

[Did these performances come as payback to the man they have let down? Were they for the fans who help pay their wages? Were they from a sense of personal pride?] I go to London tonight, if it rains in London tomorrow, it’s my fault. If there is a problem with Brexit, it’s my fault

2018 10 23 Tweet

[Jose Mourinho strolled to Old Trafford, as his Man Utd team sat for 45 minutes in traffic on the bus] I walked in a hoodie, in the middle of the fans, no one recognised me. I took two minutes

2018 10 27 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho praised the performances of Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini] Mr. Bonucci and Mr. Chiellini could go to Harvard University to give classes about how to be a central defender. Fantastic, absolutely fantastic. It is a team that has everything - they have talent everywhere, all over the pitch. So it was a really difficult match for us

2018 11 10 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho explains his reasons for making a post-match gesture to Juventus fans following Wednesday’s come-from-behind victory over the Italian giants in the UEFA Champions League] I was insulted for 90 minutes. I do my work and nothing more. At the end, I didn’t insult anyone, I just did the gesture that I wanted to hear them more. I wouldn’t do it again. But I came here as a professional that does his work and people insulted my family, this is why I reacted this way. I don’t want to think about it

2018 11 23 Retrieve

[Mourinho believes the Red Devils would be inside the Premier League’s top four by the end of 2018] I know it’s a big gap but I also know, until the end of December, if I’m not wrong, we have eight Premier League matches to play, and eight Premier League matches, we are speaking about 24 points. Twenty four points for us to fight (for), 24 points for the other ones that are in the top four to fight (for) too, but I believe we are going to be there

2018 11 27 Retrieve

[After qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages following Marouane Fellaini’s last-gasp winner at home to Young Boys] Let me send a message to my lovers and say that I played Champions League for 14 years and I qualified 14 times. And the two years where I didn’t play Champions League, I won the Europa League twice, so in 16 years, 14 times I qualify and twice I play Europa League and I won. Just a little curiosity for my lovers and the lovers of the stats

2018 12 07 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on Manchester United attacking dynamism] We need to score more goals. I think being dynamic, happiness and routines adapted to the qualities of the players is one thing but, in the end, the most important thing is [putting] the ball in the net, goals, points and victories

But that [being dynamic] is a good thing and a thing that I praise. That’s something that the team needs and one of the reasons why, for example, in the last match [against Arsenal] we pressed high. One of the reasons why the team was up and pressing was because of the characteristics and the desire of these attacking players

[Jose Mourinho on Romelu Lukaku] He’s having a rest. He was injured, he didn’t play a couple of matches due to injury. He didn’t play [against] Juventus [away], he didn’t play against Chelsea. He was on the bench against Manchester City and another game, so I don’t think in the last month we can speak about many minutes

2018 12 18 Retrieve

[Manchester United has fired Jose Mourinho following the club’s worst ever Premier League start] The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future

2018 12 22 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on his side’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool] They [Liverpool] are fast, they are intense, they are aggressive, they are physical, they are objective. They play 200 miles per hour with and without the ball. I am still tired just looking at Andy Robertson. He makes 100-metre sprints every minute, absolutely incredible, and these are qualities

2019 02 25 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho has praised Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga for showing his personality during the controversial Carabao Cup final which saw the Spaniard refuse to follow his manager’s instructions and be substituted off the pitch] The goalkeeper wants to show his personality, his confidence, wants to show that he is there and wants to be at the shootout and make saves - and I like that. [but] The goalkeeper wants to show his personality, his confidence, wants to show that he is there and wants to be at the shootout and make saves - and I like that

2019 03 15 Retrieve

[Liverpool beating Bayern the best Champions League performance this season] I was looking at Liverpool, they were on their way down in the Premier League and they were losing lots of points, and they come with for sure the best performance of the season in the Champions League. For sure. So they managed to surprise me. I don’t think they surprised themselves because of course, they are the first ones to believe. But to surprise lots of people with that strong performance. That puts them now in of course a good position for the Champions League fight. But I think also by the mental point of view maybe they are reborn and they can bring this kind of performance to the Premier League

[The Portuguese express his disappointment in the performance of the reigning Bundesliga champions, who have been knocked out at this stage for the first time in nearly a decade] My analysis was based on Bayern tradition and Bayern I think for nine consecutive years they go to the quarter-final - so I think it’s the first time in nine years that they don’t go. Bayern was just sad to see. I think they buckled at every possible perspective. Liverpool was the team that brought the line up, Bayern was the team that kept the line back, big distance between the lines.

Lewandowski too lonely. No pressure in the midfield. James Rodriguez absolutely lost, incapable of making any kind of pressing, any kind of game in between the lines or connection with the three attacking players. So I think really a sad performance from Bayern

2019 03 21 Retrieve

[Özil displayed an uncanny loyalty and ambition to continue in his journey as an Arsenal man. But this has always been the German’s M.O. Long known as a cerebral and eccentric man, for as long as he has played, his desire has been in question. Jose Mourinho said it best] If you are expecting Ozil to be super aggressive and running miles and miles side to side and to show great enthusiasm and aggressivity - this is not Mesut. If you are waiting for somebody who every time he touches the ball, the ball smiles and every time he makes the pass the ball goes in the right direction with the right speed and intensity - this is Mesut. This is his passion and how he displays it.

2019 03 23 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho gushes over PSG starlet Kylian Mbappe] He’s absolutely incredible. When you go to the market level and age is also a factor, he’s the most valuable player in the world in this moment. Hypothetically, he’s the most expensive transfer in football now

2019 04 22 Retrieve

[Mourinho on his future] I would like to be back in the summer in June for a new club and a new pre-season. I know exactly what I don’t want. I know what I want, in terms of not the specific club but the nature of the job, the dimension of the job.

2019 05 13 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho had presumably been sitting on this gem until Arsene Wenger left Arsenal] I’ve won more titles alone than the rest of the managers in this league combined

2019 05 22 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho, the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Chelsea boss renowned for his defensive acumen, has been drawn to the physicality and game-reading qualities of William Saliba the young Parisian] He’s got all the assets to become a top player, just like Kurt Zouma I had with me at Chelsea.

2019 05 24 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho expects the Europa League final to be Eden Hazard’s last match in blue] It looks like it is the last match in blue for Eden Hazard. He is a player that was crucial for Chelsea’s success in this last generation and Eden also will try to be what he is the majority of the time - a fantastic player on the pitch. He will want to win and possibly go to Real Madrid with a last trophy for Chelsea.

[The Gunners could only end their domestic campaign in fifth spot] More pressure on Arsenal because they want the Champions League spot for next season. They play for many millions so more pressure on the Arsenal side

2019 05 24b Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho says Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp would find it tough to deal with another Champions League final defeat] If Jurgen wins it’s an incredible achievement for him. If Jurgen doesn’t win, you know… to lose three Champions League finals… phew… that has to be really, really hard, but he is a very positive guy, I’m sure he’s just thinking about winning. Being a manager, and understanding what it means for a manager to play a Champions League final, there is always a negative side of it and the negative side is that one team will lose and one manager will lose

[Mourinho believes a win at the Wanda Metropolitano could lead to a period of sustained success for Tottenham] Spurs are not winning titles and to win the first one would be fantastic and could lead to other domestic trophies because the Champions League is the biggest one of all. Finals are not to play, finals are to win

2019 05 24c Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho believes Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech would have chosen to bow out in a game against Chelsea] It is Petr Cech’s last football match - I think it’s the match that he would choose. If he could choose a match to retire, I think this would be the match. It looks like he goes home next season - home [is] Chelsea. I think of course he would love to do it in a winning way because he’s a winner, he won so many things

2019 05 25 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho insists he will not be making an emotional call on his future] I don’t know, honestly I don’t know. The only thing that I know is that I cannot be emotional. I have to be rational. I have not to choose just because I want to work and I am desperate to work - I have to choose because it is the right project for me, the right motivation for me. I want to become stronger than ever. I’m studying a lot, I am working a lot with my staff to be a great team as a coaching staff and to be ready to do it again big. So, I have to think. We will think and analyse and make the right decision.

[Liverpool are set to face Premier League rivals Tottenham in a showpiece piece event at Wanda Metropolitano on June 1. He said when asked who he would like to win] I will be very happy for one of my colleagues and I will be very sad for one of them. I like them both. I think they both deserve something big in their career. I will love it if Jurgen on Mauricio win it but I will be very, very sorry to think that one of them is going to lose

2019 05 31 Retrieve

[When asked if his desire to coach is still the same] No, now I have more. I haven’t eaten in five months. I haven’t eaten football in five months. Now obviously I have more. I haven’t suffered because I don’t have my football, because I don’t train, because I don’t play. I’m not in the situation of watching a football match on TV and turning it off because I don’t want to see anything. I have perfect control of my emotions. But it’s an important part of my life and obviously I miss it.

[Mourinho insists he will not rush into any position and will instead be patient and find the right project] Winning a different fifth championship or winning a Champions League for a different third club are things I’d like to do, but I don’t go there much. I’m going more for convincing myself of a project. I want to go happy. I don’t want to go with one foot in front and one foot behind. So I’m absolutely calm. If not now, it will happen later. If I don’t have what makes me happy, I’m not going. I think I’ve earned the right to think like that. I’ve earned the right to say that I only go when I think I should.

[Mourinho still has the desire to one day manage a national team] It’s something I’ve always lacked. It’s something I’d like to do. Not only Portugal, but also the work of a national team. It’s something I’ve never wanted until now and I’m still not at this moment in my career, in love with that kind of work. But it’s a job I’ll want to try one day

2019 06 01 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho still believes that a Champions League final between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is a possibility] First of all, I think it’s a frustration for all those who like football to never have had a [Champions League] final between the two [Messi and Ronaldo]. It was almost real many times, but it never happened. I always thought that it would be a big injustice to them, in the sense that everything would be centred on them and that one would come out holding on to the big ears cup and the other would come out with his head down.

I always thought it would be a great injustice to have a duel between the titans of the two best players in the world in the last decade, for one of them to bow to the weight of defeat. That’s why it’s probably a good thing it never happened. Can it still happen? It could still happen. They’re both in clubs that want to win. They don’t hide that they want to win themselves. Of course it can happen. I’m perfectly watching Cristiano, with his 34, I think, playing at the highest level as long as he wants.

[Mourinho commented on Ronaldo’s continued success at the top level and put it down to his mentality and desire to win] I think it’s fundamentally in his head, in his nature, in his DNA. Ambition, motivation, personal pride are things you can’t buy. They are things that are objectively born with people and I think it will be like this until it’s over. There are players who are really special and who from a mental point of view are flawless

[Salah, Mbappe and Neymar] are three strong names. Unequivocally three important names who are there waiting to see what happens to the monsters. The other day I was asked a question similar to yours and I said that it has to be a winner. A golden boot, the best player in the world, has to be a winner. This thing with a lot of quality, a lot of talent, no titles, it doesn’t work. Right now, if Juventus had won the Champions League, we were saying that Ronaldo will win the [Golden] ball. If Barcelona had won the Champions League, they would have won the Spanish championship, now they’re going to the Copa America, the golden ball for Messi. Because they’ve been removed from the European football championship, we’re already talking about who could win, because they can’t. That’s why I always say, always sustaining victories and important victories

2019 06 01b Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho is a fan] I am still tired just looking at Andy Robertson. He makes 100 metre sprints per minute, absolutely incredible.

2019 06 01c Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho has come away impressed with midfielder Bruno Fernandes] I was surprised by the season of Bruno Fernandes. It was easy to predict quality, he is a very good player, but scored a very high number of goals for a midfield player. It shows that you need to have instinct and qualities to score and he has it all. He strikes the ball well, heads well, cool when he is one-on-one with the goalkeeper. He finds space in the penalty area. It’s all there

2019 06 01d Retrieve

[As a pundit about Tottenham after Tottenham lose the Champions League final] Mauricio Pellegrino has four very good years at Spurs, brings them to the final of the Champions League and is still waiting for the first trophy, not just with Tottenham but of his career. I feel very sorry for Mauricio.

2019 06 01e Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho has claimed he felt ‘almost caged’ in England] I lived in England most of those years [the 15 years since he left Portugal]. I also spent some years in Spain where we walked there in the same habitat. Italy not so much. Italy really likes the game, the tactics. I usually have people talking about it, more polemic, less polemic, more aggressiveness, less aggressiveness, but they are people of great credibility and you have great names in football to discuss about football. But in England it’s day and night. For example, I’ve sometimes felt almost caged because you can’t even comment on the referee before the game. I was punished and well punished for pre-match statements and statements such as ‘I hope the referee is very well, that he resists pressure from Anfield Road, that he has an excellent performance’. This is forbidden. This is considered to somehow induce the referee, put some kind of pressure on him.

Even speaking well of the referee, as I did, I was punished. In Portugal, you tell referees what you want, before the game, during and after the game, you’re punished with ridiculous small fines. There’s total impunity. And we’re talking only at this level. And then obviously we’re a country that should like this. The kind of TV shows that exist in Portugal and that exist simultaneously in three, four, five different channels and that are repeated from Monday to Sunday and that survive, is because Portuguese people like this. So maybe we have the football we want to have.

[Mourinho also heaped praise on Portuguese wonderkid Joao Felix] To start with, I think it’s more important to describe even superficially Benfica’s team, which was the habitat where he developed, and which allowed him to have conditions for it. I think things start there a little bit. The Portuguese championship is a championship that obviously has a big gap between the top teams and the others that allows a team to develop a dominant game, which is what Benfica is developing at the moment. It’s a dominating team, that enters the field and wants to win, wants to score, that doesn’t have fears, that is winning by 1-0, 2-0 and that wants to win by three or four and that doesn’t fear the power - that also isn’t much - of the opponents. Joao is developing in a habitat created by Bruno Lage [the coach] and he develops his qualities.

He said the other day that his position was that of a free role. A free role in high level football may not exist. A free role but subject to certain principles of play that he must know and surely knows. I think he’s a player who has a fantastic ability. From the point of view of defensive organisation, it’s better than what you might think. Usually when you say you have a free role, you think you’re not defending. He defends and I think he defends well. And I think that Bruno has defined from game to game the moments of pressure, the positions of pressure, and Joao Felix presses, recovers, closes spaces, has a very good understanding of the game. I think he’s on the right track to be a great player. This issue of selling, not selling, should sell, should not sell, should leave, should not leave, Benfica is the one who knows, Joao Felix knows, his family knows. It is very difficult to say what can be better for each one

2019 06 02 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho was not impressed by the show put on by Liverpool and Tottenham in the Champions League final] I think the three midfield Liverpool players, if we are going to see the wave of their positioning, they played on a straight line in front of a back four. You don’t remember Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum, Fabinho, James Milner being close to the three attacking players, to have one arrive in the box, nothing. They stayed in a block of seven, they were very pragmatic, very solid defensively. I think also that if this match is not the Champions League final, if it is a Premier League match, or the final of the League Cup, we would all say the game was not good. Because it is a Champions League final, it has this emotional side of it, but I think the quality of the game was not good, and Tottenham have to be frustrated, because they lost and they feel that they are better than this. These big moments are when you have to be at your best level.

2019 06 03 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho has tipped Liverpool to reach a third successive Champions League final next season following their victory over Tottenham on Saturday] It is difficult for Chelsea because they don’t have the possibility to be in the transfer market. Why can’t Liverpool do three finals in a row? Why Liverpool, with this good team, with this good spirit, with this good empathy. The club, the manager, the players, the fans. Why not a third? I was writing here the teams that want to win the Champions League. Juventus, Bayern, PSG, Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid. You have seven or eight teams. Lots of teams want to do it, but only one can do it.

2019 06 18 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho has dropped hints to his future plans, revealing that he sees himself becoming the manager of a national team rather than another club] I want to compete in new competitions. I think about the World Cup and the European Championships. For a long time I have had the desire to try out such an adventure. Right now, I see myself more at a national team than with a new club. Is Portugal the right team for me? Not necessarily.

Winning a fifth championship in a different country or the Champions League with a third club are things I’d like to do. I wouldn’t do it just for that. I only go where a project convinces me. I want to be happy, not necessarily win, I want to be happy and I don’t want to accept a proposal without being convinced of it, that’s what I’ve always thought. That’s why if [a club] told me ‘today there are no conditions to win, but we want you to create the conditions to win’, then I would evaluate it

2019 06 20 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho has revealed how he once had Manchester United in a position where they would not have scored in 900 minutes during his first spell in charge of Chelsea. United were under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson at the time and Mourinho believes he found the perfect approach to deal with the Red Devils] It was important to win against a direct rival. In the context of 38 matches you cannot lose many points, especially at home against direct rivals if you want to win the title. I thought it was very important because there was not a contradiction between our words to the players, our ambitions, and then the result of the match. If you say ‘this season is to be champions’ and then the first match you lose 3-0 at home to a direct rival, you give one step back.

So it was one step forward, there was a big relation between that match and what we tried to give to the team in pre-season which was mental strength, being compact, tactical discipline and then be really ambitious on that approach that sometimes I call the ‘all in approach’. You have to put everything in that game, in every minute of the game, every second of the game, it’s all in. It’s your qualities, your physical power, it’s your aggression, it’s your emotional control, you have to put everything in. That game was one of those matches where we could feel the ‘all in’. It’s one of those matches where I felt the game is 90 minutes, but it could be 900 minutes and they wouldn’t score. We would always win the match

2019 06 24 Retrieve

[Mourinho is, of course, biased when it comes to appraising Paul Pogba but it was interesting to hear him argue that the reason why the France international looked such a different player at the 2018 World Cup was because he was shorn of the usual level of external distractions] I think the World Cup is the perfect habitat for a player like him to give the best. Why? Because it’s closed for a month, where he can only think about football.

: 2019 06 24b Jose Mourinho is the early favourite to take over at Newcastle after the club announced Rafael Benitez will leave the club on June 30

2019 06 26 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho has appeared to quash any chance of him taking up the vacant Newcastle United job] The only thing that I know is what I don’t want. I am quite pathological in the sense of I have to play to win. Then, if I don’t win, then that’s my problem and the players and the club and the structure but I need a project where the feeling is I play to win. If somebody gives me a wonderful 10-year contract and the objective of the team is to stay in the first half of the table and, if you finish seventh, eighth or ninth, it’s perfect, then that’s not for me. That’s my nature. My next [goal] is to fight to win

2019 07 02 Retrieve

[On taking over at Chelsea in 2004] I have top players and, I’m sorry, we have a top manager. Please do not call me arrogant because what I say is true. I’m European champion, I’m not one out of the bottle, I think I’m a special one

2019 07 04 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho has claimed tennis star Rafael Nadal could have enjoyed a top-level career in football] He is incredible. I am happy he didn’t but I think he could also have been a fantastic football player. His uncle [Miguel Angel Nadal] was my player in Barcelona in 1996 and I know Rafa can play football, and well. He could with his physicality, with his mentality and his also with his skill he could be. But thank you so much he wasn’t because for tennis he is what he is.

[Mourinho has previously criticised the current ATP rules which prevent coaching during tennis matches] I like the one-on-one battle but I think communication with the coaches normally should improve the quality of the game. In football we can communicate but because we are with incredible noise, with 60,000 or 70,000 people sometimes, it’s difficult to communicate, and sometimes I feel I would love to communicate, I would love to improve some details. So in tennis, because they have so much times where they have little periods of rest in between the sets. Let’s say, if not a continuous, permanent communication - because that would change everything - but when they are in resting periods, I would like the coaches to have communication with the players

2019 07 05 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho, who has remained out of work since leaving Manchester United, has admitted that a return to Serie A could be a possibility] In the future? Always soccer, and always a high level. Italy? Could be a possibility.

I have a lot of qualities and one of them is to respect other clubs and their management. I have never spoken like ‘this club wanted me, they contacted me’. When I left Manchester United in December, I immediately took the decision I want to work from summer. I hope to be back to work in July in a project I really like

2019 07 09 Retrieve

[Hypocritical 2019 Copa America Messi wasn’t complaining during Chelsea, PSG & Madrid controversies. Two years after that infamous night at Stamford Bridge, Barcelona would again benefit from a night of Champions League controversy as they beat Real Madrid 2-0 in the first leg of their 2011 semi-final. Not one to hold back, ‘The Special One’ launched a scathing attack in the aftermath suggesting Barcelona had been benefiting from questionable officiating for years] One day, I would like Josep Guardiola to win this competition properly. We are talking about an absolutely fantastic football team, so why do they need that? Last year it was a miracle that Inter got there playing with 10 men for so long. A miracle. Why weren’t there four penalties against Chelsea [in 2009]? Why send off [Arsenal’s Robin] Van Persie [in the last 16]? Why Ovrebo? Why Busacca? Why De Bleeckere? Why Stark? (all referees) Why? Because every semi-final the same things happen. Where does their power come from? I don’t know if it is the UNICEF sponsorship or if it is because they are nice guys. I don’t understand. They have to get to the final, and they’ll get there, full stop

2019 07 14 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho is longing for a return to football management seven months after being sacked by Manchester United. When asked if he was hungry to return to management] I am, but I will wait for the right club, for the right project. And, in the meantime, I am doing things I like to do. I prefer to work, but I like other sports and this is a good opportunity to enjoy [things other than football].

2019 07 15 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho hinted at a future move to the Bundesliga as the Portuguese manager remains out of work following his departure from Manchester United] I really miss football. I miss the adrenaline, the field, my job. Football is football. Right now, I am studying German. Bundesliga? Now, I’m studying German because I miss the language. I speak English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. But I do not exclude anything, not even Germany

[Mourinho spent two years at Inter - winning back-to-back Serie A titles and the Champions League] The Nerazzurri have to win Serie A this season. I’m sure they will

: 2019 07 26 Who are the highest-paid football coaches of all time? It’s no surprise to find Jose Mourinho towards the top of this list. The Portuguese enjoyed tremendous success in the dugout at the start of the millennium and has spent the best part of 15 years at the very top of the game, having graduated from Bobby Robson’s translator at Barcelona to lead the likes of Real Madrid and Inter. It was at Manchester United, however, where he earned his top pay, earning a reported £26.6m each year. He is currently out of work after being sacked the Red Devils shortly before Christmas in 2018

2019 07 30 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho says he misses football and cannot enjoy his time away from the game, having been without a job since he was sacked by Manchester United in December last year] This is basically the first time I have time to think, the first time I am in Setubal at the end of July or beginning of August in more than 20 years. I have some time to think, to rethink, to analyse and what I feel is exactly that ‘Ze’ (Mourinho’s nickname as a boy) is full of fire! My friends tell me ‘enjoy your time, enjoy your July, enjoy your August, enjoy what you never had’. Honestly, I can’t enjoy. I am not happy enough to enjoy.

I miss my football, I have the fire, I have a compromise with myself, with people that love me, with so many fans that I have around the world, so many people that I inspired. Ze has to be Ze and Ze until the last day, but I don’t see the last day because my next move will be like the start! I don’t feel it’s just one more year in accumulation of how many years I’ve worked, how many titles I’ve won. That is history, that is the museum! My future will start in my next move and, as I was saying, it looks a little bit ridiculous with so many beautiful things around me and so many things I didn’t [have] for so many years, but I can’t really enjoy my free time

[But with clubs like Inter, Juventus and Chelsea having already appointed new bosses this summer, the Portuguese looks unlikely to find a new team any time soon] The most difficult thing for me is saying ‘no’ to the possibilities. I had to work, because, inside of me, I [always] have that impulse of wanting to work. [If] I have an opportunity to work, [I want to say] ‘let’s work’. To say ‘no’ is very, very, very, very difficult. Why do I say ‘no’? I say ‘no’ because it’s not [at] the level of challenge that I want. But, with all respect to the possibilities I have had and the clubs involved, I want the right to choose the people who are ‘Mourinhista’ - like people say in Portugal, Spain and Italy - ‘Mourinhista’ is someone who is a fan.

The ‘Mourinhistas’ want me where I belong, so, for me now, it’s not a question of [saying], ‘okay I have this offer and I’m going to take it’. I have to be patient and wait for the right opportunity and the right opportunity is one that is at the same size and the same level that I am as a manager. It is the most difficult thing because I have the impulse during this period, so many times to say ‘Yes, I go’. But no, I cannot go. I cannot go. I have to wait for the exact right one. I [have] never told who [is the right one]. I never do that. Lots of respect for the people that think I am the right guy for them and I never do that

2019 08 01 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho explain why does the suggestion David Luiz is a clueless buffoon persist] I know because I’ve coached him, sometimes he can make his mistakes, especially when his concentration levels are low

2019 08 01b Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho has pointed out his impressive record in opening-day fixtures as he responded to a question about Frank Lampard’s first Premier League game as Chelsea boss against Manchester United] In my case, and this is maybe why I never lost a first match of the season, I have a huge record of victories and a couple of draws. I never think I go to the start of a marathon, I always think I go to the game!

[Eidur Gudjohnsen scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge, with the Blues going on to win six and draw two of their first eight fixtures on the way to claiming a first league title in 50 years] I don’t think this is the first game of 38 or 60 for the season, no. I go to the game! And in that moment even more because it was Chelsea vs Manchester United, it was a big game, my first game at home. It was the first time. Stamford Bridge. A few new players, Ricardo Carvalho, Didier Drogba, Arjen Robben, Petr Cech - a first game for many of us and we were there to win the game, and we won the game! In the season where Arsenal was the king, Arsenal was the champion - and what a champion - and unbeatable, but everybody knew that Chelsea wanted it and United wanted it and everybody knew that was the start of a phenomenal fighting season

2019 08 01c Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho thinks Chelsea’s controversial loan policy has been vindicated, as the Blues now have the players needed to cope with their transfer ban. Chelsea’s policy of hoovering up talented young players before sending them out on a seemingly never-ending succession of loan deals has drawn criticism from plenty, but it does leave them with options ahead of the new season] It depends on what you have in the academy, that’s the point. think every manager in the world loves to play kids from the academy. The question is: what is the product from the academy? What can you work with to improve? I think Chelsea is a very special club in relation to that. I just give an example: Chelsea needs a centre-back - Kurt Zouma! You don’t need to buy, you don’t need to spend. Zouma! He’s champion of England, he played for Chelsea, played for Stoke in the Premier League, played for Everton in the Premier League, played for France. He’s your player, he’s on loan, where are you going to buy a better player than him? You already have him.

You want a young striker - Tammy Abraham! He’s yours. He knows the club. He was made at the club, he was educated at the club. He was on loan, he played already some matches in the Premier League, he plays in the Championship, but Championship at the highest level with the responsibility to play at a big club like Aston Villa. He’s ready. Do you need to buy a young centre forward? No! And Chelsea were criticised many times with the number of players they had on loan, more than 30 players, 40 players, but now the moment arrived and they have answers like nobody else could have

[Mourinho does see one big problem at the club - an Eden Hazard-shaped hole in the starting eleven] The only problem for them is obvious which is that they lost a phenomenal player. Eden Hazard was a special player for Chelsea and they lost him, apart from that I don’t see any problem for them

2019 08 01d Retrieve

[Bruno Fernandes scored 20 goals and provided 13 assists in 33 league games for Sporting last season, part of a total 32 goals and 18 assists in all competitions - adding to his 15 goals and 20 assists the season before] I was surprised by the season of Bruno Fernandes. It was easy to predict quality, he is a very good player, but scored a very high number of goals for a midfield player. It shows that you need to have instinct and qualities to score and he has it all. He strikes the ball well, heads well, cool when he is one-on-one with the goalkeeper. He finds space in the penalty area. It’s all there

: 2019 08 02 Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is on track to set another Premier League record, with one of Jose Mourinho’s marks in his sights. Guardiola is closing in on the record for least amount of matches required to get 100 Premier League wins

2019 08 09 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho has revealed the reason why he didn’t return to Milan to celebrate Intermilan’s 2010 Champions League final victory] The reason why I didn’t return to Milan when the game was over is that I think if I’d returned to Milan, I wouldn’t have gone to Real Madrid. The decision was made. The contract wasn’t signed but the decision was made. I had decided to go to Real Madrid. I hadn’t gone two previous times, it was my third opportunity. Saying ‘no’ to Real Madrid once is difficult, twice is very difficult and three times is impossible. That is why I didn’t return

[Mourinho recalls he had difficulty keeping his emotions in check following his second Champions League triumph] I remember perfectly that I didn’t even go to the dressing rooms because I had that feeling, that sensation, that I was going to lose emotional control. So I ended up running away from those emotions. On the pitch, there were few words, lots of of excitement. But I wanted to run away from these emotions. I know myself very well and know very well why I did it

[Mourinho admits he has strong feelings towards that group of Inter players] I tried not to say goodbye to anyone in a more affectionate way. It’s exactly this, I miss them. Time doesn’t come back. We can’t go back in time and relive all this again, but friends are forever. They are my friends and I am their friend and this is how I see them

2019 08 09b Retrieve

[Mourinho explains how he’d beaten Van Gaal in 2010 Champions League final before it started] We knew Bayern had a coach, whom I knew very well, and I knew that his own ego, his own self-esteem, would always lead him to play according to his ideas - and this, for me, was an advantage. I knew perfectly well that when they lost possession of the ball, it was a team with some weaknesses. On the other hand, there were top attacking players that needed to be stopped. And I think our great advantage in this game was precisely the strategic side

I think the game was won before it started. Not only for the emotional aspect, not only for the levels of confidence, of self-esteem, of empathy, of brotherhood that Inter had. But also for the way that, from a strategic point of view, we prepared for the game

I always challenged the group exactly for this situation. We can win three titles, two, one or zero. After those 15 days, we can make history in Italian football, winning the treble, or we can end up as the ones who were ‘almost’ - and football is full of ‘almost’, which is to almost win. And Milito… when we played the Italian Cup final against Roma, we won 1-0 with Milito’s goal. We went to Siena to play the championship game, in which we had to win to be champions - one-nil, Milito’s goal. And we played in the Champions League final against Bayern, two-nil, two Milito goals. Three titles in 15 days and Milito with four goals in three games. Historic

2019 08 11 Retrieve

[When asked on Sky Sports who he thought was in the race for the title] Manchester City, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City B team. Today, even if one team plays magnificently or has a fantastic result, I don’t believe the title is possible

2019 08 11b Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho says Manchester United’s new record-breaking defender Harry Maguire was solid like a rock in his Premier League debut against Chelsea] I think he fully deserved Man of the Match. I think he was solid like a rock and as we know it is very important for a team to have that. Not just the tactical knowledge but that personality, that sense of reading the game, being alert all the time, the confidence to play. He was fantastic, absolutely deserved. A team can be very dangerous in attack but if you feel that a defensive mistake is just around the corner, you don’t play as well. When you can feel that there is something that really allows you to play, you are much more confident. Victor Lindelof can be a very good player and with Maguire I think they can be a very good couple

[However, with United selling forward Romelu Lukaku to Inter and not replacing him before the transfer window closed, Mourinho thinks they will have more problems against teams who are less open than Chelsea] United will find it much more difficult to play against teams with compact blocks. If the blocks are low, it will be difficult to play without a striker. They don’t have a reason to feel anything but positive in this moment. It is an amazing result. It is very important the dressing room feel that they can be champions. I feel they will not be champions, but they can have a good season

2019 08 11c Retrieve

[Mourinho: Rashford can replace Lukaku as Man Utd’s main forward - if he scores more goals] He has to score more goals. Especially without Lukaku in the team it will probably be these two [Rashford and Anthony Martial], plus Alexis Sanchez and Mason Greenwood. He will be on the pitch all the time and he has the qualities to be better and better and better. He has the ambition and work ethic, he wants to improve, he wants to work. This season he has a big opportunity to be a better player and score more goals. It depends on the way they play. Playing the way they played today against a Chelsea team that allowed them to play the way they like to play, he is very dangerous. Against teams with compact blocks, a lower block, that are more physical, I think it is a bit more difficult for them

[Frank Lampard was looking for a statement performance in his first game in the dugout, but his side struggled to pick United’s defence apart and couldn’t contain them on the counter] People have to respect them. This is not the Manchester United of ten, 15, 20 years ago but it is Manchester United. There are some very good players. You have to know the qualities you have and the weaknesses that you have, and you have to know the qualities and the weaknesses that the opposition have. For example, Chelsea today, they stuck to a plan where they were thinking more about their own identity and less about United’s identity and their strengths. When you have Marcus Rashford playing there on the left, you have to think about that because he can hurt you

2019 08 11d Retrieve

[When quizzed about which teams had a chance to win the league, Mourinho omitted both of his former clubs (Manchester United) and Arsenal. Instead, he replied] Four teams. Man City, Tottenham, Liverpool and Man City’s B team. When I looked at City’s bench and saw the players that weren’t involved in the XI, I believe even their B team can win the title

[Jose Mourinho says Harry Maguire can form a strong partnership with Victor Lindelof but rues not having that duo 12 months ago] I think he fully deserves the man of the match. I think he was solid like a rock. As we know it is very important for a team to have that

Not just the tactical knowledge but the personality, that sense of reading the game, of being alert all the time, confidence to play. He was fantastic, he was fantastic. Absolutely deserved [the man of the match]. I think he did [give United confidence]. A team can be very dangerous in attack but if you feel that the mistake is around the corner, the defensive mistakes are around the corner, it takes your confidence to play

You don’t play as well as you can. When you feel it, that there is something that really allows you to play, you are much more confident to do it. Maguire was good, Lindelof was good, as I always said Lindelof can be a very good player. With Maguire, I think they can make a very, very good couple. He arrived one year later!

2019 08 12 Retrieve

[Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw has failed to escape criticism from Jose Mourinho, with the Portuguese coach questioning the England international’s positioning in the 4-0 win against Chelsea] When Maguire has to cover Luke Shaw, and he will need to realise that he will need to do that a lot of times this season, they are not closing down the space in the box

They’re lacking maturity. For example, Luke Shaw. When I got here two years ago, the boy didn’t even know how to compete. Great potential, yes, but he doesn’t know how to compete. And when we talk about Luke Shaw, about Martial, about Lingard, about Marcus Rashford, we’re talking about boys with great potential but who still are lacking - a word I can’t say but you like to say a lot - having that [courage]. They’re lacking a bit of this

2019 08 12b Retrieve

[Mourinho criticises Shaw again during Manchester United’s win against Chelsea] When Maguire has to cover Luke Shaw, and he will need to realise that he will need to do that a lot of times this season, they are not closing down the space in the box

They’re lacking maturity. For example, Luke Shaw. When I got here two years ago, the boy didn’t even know how to compete. Great potential, yes, but he doesn’t know how to compete

And when we talk about Luke Shaw, about Martial, about Lingard, about Marcus Rashford, we’re talking about boys with great potential but who still are lacking - a word I can’t say but you like to say a lot - having that [courage]. They’re lacking a bit of this

2019 08 13 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho believes Joao Felix’s huge price tag means he must produce the goods at Atletico Madrid despite his tender years] He has a challenge due to the extent of his talent and because of the investment the club have made on him. I believe that he can’t escape this responsibility. It doesn’t matter if he’s 18, 20 or 25. What matters is his talent and the responsibility he has

[Mourinho feels Atletico Madrid must now look to match Spain’s heavyweight duo of Real Madrid and Barca] Atletico Madrid’s level of investment leaves them with responsibility to fight for the Champions League and La Liga. It’s clear that Barcelona and Real Madrid have to be there because of their power, financial capability, culture and quality. Atletico in recent years have been without this responsibility, but the level of investment they’ve made is incredible. It’s time to say, ‘We’re here, we’re big, we want to be big and we are here to win

2019 08 18 Retrieve

[Man Utd’s weak link: Why Mourinho was right about Luke Shaw] He had a good performance, but it was his body with my brain. He was in front of me and I was making every decision for him. The communication was possible because we were very close. I was thinking for him, when to close inside, when to open, when to press the opponent, I was making every decision for him

[Mourinho was out in front of the Sky Sports cameras last Sunday, remarking that new signing Harry Maguire had better get used to covering for Shaw on that side of defence] When Maguire has to cover for Luke Shaw, he will learn he has to do this a lot of times during the season, the space in the face of the ball, somebody has to arrive

2019 08 30 Retrieve

[For a man not known for openly praising players, Jose Mourinho perhaps put it best when describing Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic] I’ve wanted to say this for a long, long time. Rakitic is one of the most underrated players in the world. He is a fantastic player at every level: he does defensive work on the right side to compensate for [Lionel] Messi, he runs miles. In ball possession, he’s fantastic. He’s simple. He’s effective

2019 09 01 Retrieve

[Arsenal (2) vs (2) Tottenham. Inconsistent Tottenham hurt by wantaway stars affecting team chemistry] I think in the last part of last season they knew they had no chance to fight for the title and at the same time they didn’t feel big pressure from the likes of Man Utd, Chelsea going ahead of them. They had fourth position more or less under control and the Champions League became more of the dream, so that maybe took some of the focus [from the Premier League]. But maybe this season they are not having that chemistry. I don’t know if I’m right or not but I always felt that while Spurs weren’t buying a lot, they were doing something more important, which was to keep all the good players that they have

[Pochettino generally managing to tie his best players down to long-term contracts. Christian Eriksen and Alderweireld are evidence that this hasn’t always been foolproof] They persuaded the players to stay and stay happy - that was my feeling. They managed to give new contracts to Harry Kane and others and it looked like the players were happy to belong to that project, that club, that dream. Maybe now, the feeling that I have - what is happening with Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and what happened at the end of last season with Toby Alderweireld - maybe some of the boys are not so happy to stay. Their eyes might be on bigger pictures - look at Kyle Walker, winning trophies [after leaving for Manchester City]. Maybe at this moment the team is not that focused, full of chemistry. It looks like the relationship with Mauricio Pochettino is happy; they have an amazing stadium, Champions League football again but maybe some of the boys want something different. Even at the perfect club, if one player isn’t happy, it can make you lose focus

2019 09 01b Retrieve

[Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of Arsenal v Tottenhams] Maybe now, the feeling that I have what is happening with [Christian] Eriksen, with [Jan] Vertonghen, in the end of last season with [Toby] Alderweireld, it looks like probably now some of the boys they are not so happy to stay. They have their eyes in bigger pictures. Other players getting more money than them, other players getting more titles, look to Kyle Walker winning trophies, looking to the possibility to play for Real Madrid, for Barcelona, for Paris Saint-Germain. Maybe in this moment the team is not that focused family full of chemistry

2019 09 12 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as a phenomenon and tipped his fellow Portuguese to continue scoring goals until he is 50] What Cristiano does does not surprise me. At 34, he is a top player, who plays in a top team and has top ambitions. It does not surprise me because he is a case study in genetic terms, and mentality as well. He is a phenomenon, someone who only thinks about winning and doing it more and more and better. That is why I am not surprised at all what he does. When he is 50 years old he will be at home and FIFA will invite him to a game of legends. He will play the game and score a goal. I am sure it will be like that

Real Madrid was my best experience because of what I learned as a coach as a man and for the lessons that I took in my career and in my life. It is the best memory of my career, it was fantastic

What they asked me at Real Madrid suited my nature. They told me the best team in Spain was from the other side, that they were crushing us and we had to reverse the situation. We had to prevent Barca from crushing us and that’s why the Mestalla Cup final is the most important [trophy I won]. From there nothing was the same. We won the League, the Super Cup, but nothing was like the Cup final and I unfortunately failed to win the three Champions [League] semi-finals

2019 09 13 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho says he always had the impression that Alexis Sanchez was a sad man but hopes his former Manchester United player can regain his form at Inter] Sanchez … I felt him [to be] not a happy man. And I think in every job you have when you are not happy it is not so easy to perform at every level. And maybe I am wrong. Maybe it was me who was not capable to get into him and to get the best out of him. As a manager sometimes you have the capacity to get the best out of the players and other times you are not successful in that approach. But the reality is that I always felt [of Sanchez], ‘a sad man’. So probably in Italy he will recover this. I hope he can. I always wish well to every player

[The 56-year-old admits that he had the chance to sign a lucrative offer from Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande, but he is looking for a different challenge as he plots his return to the game] It would be the record [salary] in the history of football managers by far. For sure my next job will be a difficult one because I am very bad at choosing projects. I am either bad at choosing projects or the bad projects choose me. But it is always the same. When I go to Madrid, it is because Madrid are in trouble. When I go to United it is because United are in trouble. When I go to Chelsea the first time it is because they haven’t won the league in 50 years. When I go the second time it is because their top team disappeared and they want to be champions with a new team. When I go to Inter it is because they haven’t won the Champions League for 50 years. I have never had one of these clubs where it is: ‘Come on, the team is here ready’. But that is the nature of things. When the teams change coaches in the middle of the season it is for a reason. It is because of bad results.

2019 09 14 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho says he is grateful to Lionel Messi because the Barcelona star helped make him a better coach] I always say that I owe so much to my players, and to those who haven’t been my players but those who created problems for me. For example, Messi never played for my team, but he played against me and he has made me a better coach for having to prepare matches [to stop him]. When I say Messi, I also mean the other great players I’ve faced

In the beginning of the season I was saying [Manchester] City, Liverpool and Tottenham will fight for the title. I can risk it a little bit and say for me Tottenham is the third best team in the league and City and Liverpool are going to fight for the title. They are the two strongest teams, the two strongest squads. I think Tottenham are a little bit behind. Then, between Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal have to be fighting for fourth, but they will be looking back with a little bit of fear and a little bit of respect, because thanks to the investments by Everton and Leicester, they can be there pushing, trying to get into the top six. The Premier League used to be a competition where four or five clubs are fighting for the title, but this year was too obvious. It was too obvious that it wouldn’t be a thing for six teams - for two, maximum three.

2019 09 14b Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho believes the experience he helped Frank Lampard to pick up as a player will serve the new Chelsea boss well as he looks to write another positive chapter in his Stamford Bridge career] One thing is the player, another thing is the manager. The player, I don’t think any Chelsea fan will disagree with me if I say is one of the top five most important players of Chelsea history, and probably some will say not top five, maybe top three. Another thing is his managerial career, one year of experience in Derby where he showed good qualities and now he has Chelsea in his hands. He plays for big things. He plays Champions League, he played a European Super Cup, he had already big matches in his hands, and he has to grow up with the level of experiences, which I believe he can because he has huge experience. I cannot separate from the fact that football has been always in his life. He was born son of a player, he grew up [nephew] of a football manager, he became a player, he became a top player… I think he has all the conditions to succeed

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[Jose Mourinho on Cristiano Ronaldo] He is a phenomenon, someone who only thinks about winning and doing it more and more and better. That is why I am not surprised at all what he does. When he is 50 years old he will be at home and FIFA will invite him to a game of legends. He will play the game and score a goal. I am sure it will be like that

2019 09 20 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho has dismissed rumours suggesting he could replace Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid manager] They’re third or fourth, no? Close to being first. It’s not bad. If you look at it pragmatically, if you focus on the table, they’re right there. Now, they play Sevilla and if they win, they go ahead of them. Barcelona are behind them and Atletico are a point ahead

There are two types of rumours. One, when one speaks about Zidane, who is one of ours and it hurts us when our teams aren’t going well. You have to live with it. Zidane is in football all his life and he knows it. The other type of rumour is to put my name in there, and I don’t like that. There are problems in many places, but another thing is respect. I wouldn’t like to return because they have a manager and I can’t coach a team who have a manager. You can speak with respect about the club but also about the manager who isn’t just anyone. I am out of it. I’m not just blowing smoke. I would like that things turn out well and everything gets fixed. Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico, Manchester United and Chelsea - when you have massive expectations, it’s difficult and tough. And for this, they say there are good players and managers who aren’t giving everything, because it takes more than just talent, you also have to have a certain special personality

[Mourinho was calm about his potential return to management] It will be when it is. On Sunday, I’ll go to my job on Sky with Chelsea on. I do it once a month, I don’t want to do it every day. I enjoy it because I can offer a different perspective having been on the bench. Now, I am in German classes in case one day I end up there or so I can speak one day in this language for a Champions League game. It will be my sixth language

2019 09 22 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho says David de Gea is not worth his new four-year bumper contract at Manchester United] I think the moment where he signs his huge contract is the moment where I don’t think United need to pay as much as that to have him. One or two years ago he had the world after him and, in this moment, when he signed his incredible contract, I think the majority of the big doors were closed

Real Madrid’s door is closed, they don’t sign a goalkeeper after [Thibaut] Courtois, Barcelona is closed with the young and fantastic [Marc-Andre] Ter Stegen, Paris Saint-Germain is closed because they signed Keylor Navas, who is a very good goalkeeper and 34 years old for a goalkeeper is not a problem at all. I don’t see United under pressure because David is going to disappear. Who is going to pay these numbers? So, I think he gets a phenomenal contract in a moment where he is a bit lucky to get it. Is he good? Yes, he’s very good, in the same way I was saying that Victor Lindelof is good in some aspects and not as good in other aspects of the game, I could say the same about David. He is much better on the line than he is coming out but I think in goal his agility, his technical level, is second to none

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[Jose Mourinho blasted Manchester United after their dismal 2-0 defeat at West Ham on Sunday. When asked on if he could find any positives from the performance] No. I can’t find any. We were bad last season, but I don’t see any improvement this season, even with three new players. And I have to say, players with a positive impact. I like the three. I think they are bringing some good quality to the team. But the team as a team, I don’t like at all. I’m not surprised by the result and I don’t think Ole can take any positives from the game

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[Solskjaer was subjected to ‘Ole out’ chants from a group of disgruntled fans. Solskjaer’s predecessor Mourinho also weighed in] We were bad last season, but I don’t see any improvement this season, even with three new players (Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Daniel James). And I have to say, players with a positive impact. I like the three. I think they are bringing some good quality to the team. But the team as a team, I don’t like at all. I’m not surprised by the result and I don’t think Ole can take any positives from the game

2019 09 22d Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho was concerned to see Chelsea’s fans applaud their team from the pitch after a second defeat at Stamford Bridge in six days] I hope they don’t get used to it. That’s a very important thing, because when you start accepting defeats just because your team played well and just because your players gave their best, a performance for people to be proud of … I think when you get used to it, that’s when the big clubs stop being big clubs. So I don’t think they should get used to it. But I think it shows that the people are ready for what the season is going to be for them. They are ready to support one of the best professionals that I have ever worked with, a manager with potential

[Mourinho says he likes what Lampard is trying to do at Stamford Bridge, but had a note of caution ahead of what he sees as a difficult season] You look today at the performance and the result and the reality of the numbers is that Liverpool are 10 points ahead of Chelsea. So let’s make it clear and objective: Chelsea are not going to fight for the title. So let’s support what looks like is their philosophy, which is to give time to the players and to the manager. I like their idea of play. I think the style of play that they are trying to play is clearly adapted to what football is nowadays and is adapted to the players they have. But in this moment I think they are too far [behind] to compete for the title, so even when the transfer window opens for Chelsea it’s not going to be with one or two players that they will become a force to fight for the title

2019 09 22e Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho admits he deserved to be sacked as Manchester United manager] I’m not the right person to answer it. They are far behind. It’s difficult for me to answer. I was there for two seasons where I could feel lots of positive things and I could feel the direction to go in, then obviously the third season was not good enough. I was sacked, I probably deserved to be sacked because I was responsible as the manager, but the sad reality is that they are worse than before. And for me that is a sad thing. Maybe people think I’m enjoying the situation but I’m not enjoying it at all

[But with United faltering and star forward Marcus Rashford now injured, Mourinho thinks his former side could struggle to even hold onto their position in the top six] I have people in the club I love, I have lots of respect for the fans and for me it’s really sad because when a team is ‘boring’, you are boring but you can still get the results. But at this moment I don’t see anything. I think they are going to really, really be in trouble to get not just into the top four but potentially in the top six. I think this team is worse than the team of last season

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[Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has seen his ability to play a centre-forward role come into question yet again] I am not going to say he cannot ever be a number nine, he can be a dangerous number nine especially if the opposition is not pragmatic, is not close and is giving spaces to attack. He can be dangerous in transitions. But when Manchester United is a team that normally plays against teams who go to Old Trafford, close the door, bring the bus, bring the double bus, he is not a striker to play with his back to the goal. He is not the target man, he doesn’t score as many goals as a striker should do. So I think from the side you will get him to numbers of 10-12 goals per season. He is very professional, he works for the team, he understands what you tell him to do from the defensive point of view. Playing from the sides he can be a very good player, probably better than at nine. But he feels he is a number nine and I think the club and the manager feel he is

2019 09 27 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho might still be without a club following his Manchester United sacking, but the man knows how to stay in the headlines. In addition to recent punditry, Mourinho has also become an advertising star in a new commercial for Paddy Power] To be special you need to be consistent. I’ve been special in Milan, in Madrid, but not all great achievements get trophies

2019 09 27b Retrieve

[Speaking after West Ham’s 2-0 win over United, the 56-year-old admitted he deserved to be sacked by the Red Devils but believes the club have failed to improve without him] I was sacked, I probably deserved to be sacked because I was responsible as the manager, but the sad reality is that they are worse than before. And for me that is a sad thing. Maybe people think I’m enjoying the situation but I’m not enjoying it at all. I think they are going to really, really be in trouble to get not just into the top four but potentially in the top six. I think this team is worse than the team of last season

2019 09 29 Retrieve

[Rashford’s former manager Jose Mourinho slated Kurt Zouma during Chelsea’s 4-0 defeat at Old Trafford on the opening weekend but by doing so he implicitly criticised the striker too] That is one basic thing when you play against Marcus Rashford. In that position he always goes to the inside. He always goes to look for his favoured foot, for his favourite position and his favourite shot. He loves the shot, in curve, from that position there

2019 09 29b Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho does not expect his next coaching position to be in Italy despite the phenomenal success he masterminded at Intermilan] My future? I don’t think it will be in Italy. Inter is my home, my family. [Massimo] Moratti is a friend, my president. The story of the treble was fantastic. After [the final in] Madrid, if I returned to San Siro to celebrate, I would never leave Intermilan. When you say goodbye to a family it’s a hard thing to deal with. That night I already knew I was leaving, I couldn’t say no to Real Madrid for the third time

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[Jose Mourinho famously labelled Karim Benzema forward a cat, back in 2010, vociferously complaining Benzema was not the hunting dog he needed up front] If you don’t have a dog to go out hunting with you, and you have a cat, you have to go out with a cat. You can’t go out alone

2019 10 12 Retrieve

[The former Manchester United, Real Madrid, Inter and Chelsea boss considers former Brazil striker Ronaldo to be the finest player he has ever seen] Ronaldo, El Fenomeno, Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi have had longer careers, they have remained at the top every day for 15 years. However, if we are talking strictly about talent and skill, nobody surpasses Ronaldo [Nazario]

When he was at Barcelona with Bobby Robson, I realised that he was the best player I’d ever seen take to the field. Injuries killed a career that could have been even more incredible, but the talent that that 19-year-old boy had was something incredible. In 1997, Barcelona played against PSG in Rotterdam and Ronaldo’s goal, 1-0. Awesome

2019 10 20 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp didn’t like the menu Manchester United served up in a 1-1 Premier League draw at Old Trafford on Sunday] [Klopp] didn’t like the menu - he wanted meat and got fish. They are happy playing against opposition who give chances on the counterattack. Of course, United, with the limitations they have at the moment, played a different profile of game. They tried to stop the transition, played always with three centre-backs in position, always compact. Liverpool didn’t like the menu.

Liverpool missed the quality to play against a low block. I have to admit I’m really happy they didn’t win because the other record [Chelsea’s nine-match winning streak to start a season in 2005-06] is mine, not theirs. Sometimes they have limitations against teams with the low block. They have fantastic results but sometimes they win just in the limits. They can smash opponents who play the way they want to play against. Jurgen, clearly a bit of frustration. Old Trafford is a special place for Liverpool to win but he’s never done it

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[Jose Mourinho says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be proud but frustrated after his Manchester United side’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday] Liverpool did something in the last 20 minutes of the game to give Man Utd problems. They got more people through the middle, more people in the box. But I think Ole and United, after such a great effort, will feel a bit disappointed. At the start of the game I was asking United for heart. They had it but they had more than that. They were organised, they had a gameplan that they stuck to. But [Graeme Souness] asked before the game if they could keep the defensive intensity for 90 minutes and they couldn’t. Liverpool were on top at the end. The result is probably fair but if I were Ole I’d be proud but also frustrated

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[Jose Mourinho says Marcus Rashford is not a target man but can still be a huge asset for Manchester United if deployed in the right way] When we beat Liverpool a couple of years ago, we played with Rashford and Romelu Lukaku up front. He is not a target man, he is a man of movement. I do not think he is a pure nine. If Ole is going to play him as he did today then I think he is the perfect player for him.

He’s young but he is experienced. With 21 years he probably has more matches than some players who are 24, 25. For me he is potentially a very good player, in some models and in some positions. As a number nine I don’t think he has the 30 goals a season in him. I don’t think he can get better as a target man. To be better as a target man is difficult for him

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[Speaking on Sky Sports, said that Ole does ‘good PR’ after Manchester United have had their worst league start in 30 years this season] They (Woodward and Solskjaer) did some good PR in the week to make it absolutely clear or create positive atmosphere for the game. I’m going to try and get a job like Ole has, and speak all the time about the future. I think it’s a great situation, three year contract - the future, the young players. I think it’s a great job to do in such a giant club

According to what we could read and watch last week, to make it clear or try to create a positive atmosphere for the game. What I understand is the future. I’m going to try and get a job like Ole has, and speak all the time about the future. I think it’s a great situation, three year contract - the future, the young players. I think it’s a great job to do in such a giant club

[Jose Mourinho takes sly dig at Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp after Manchester United draw] Because he never beat Manchester United at Old Trafford. I think he didn’t like the menu. He likes meat and he got fish, so he was not happy

They are of course much stronger playing against an opposition that gives them chances of transitions and counter attacks. Of course, United, with the limitations they have at this moment, they played a different type of game. They tried to be solid at the back, they tried to not give them a chance of transition, they kept always with three centre-backs in position plus Scott McTominay and Fred who were always compact

2019 10 21 Retrieve

[Mourinho declared that the heated rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool is special for fans and that players should be under no illusion as to how important it is] What the game means for the fans. In the dressing room you know that, you feel that and you breathe that. The difference between losing at home or not to lose at home against the biggest rival makes a huge difference

2019 10 24 Retrieve

[Hamit Altintop was brought in by Jose Mourinho in 2011, however the Portuguese coach did not react well when Altintop begged him to let him leave, stating that he could take it no more] Are you crazy? You want to leave Real Madrid? It is not possible, but how can you think that?

2019 11 03 Retrieve

[Mourinho compares Kylian Mbappe to Brazil legend Ronaldo] Mbappe’s qualities are absolutely incredible. His playing style, what he can do in a football game, it’s really special. And you have to be really special and have unique qualities [in football]. When you look at the specificity of his qualities, he is really different from other players. The only player that comes to my memory [to compare] is Ronaldo Nazario. They are players with unique qualities. When you play against them, you are afraid

I spoke with Kylian for three minutes at the FIFA The Best ceremony. When he speaks with me, he also talks with my two or three friends. He speaks with everyone with simplicity and with the right education

2019 11 05 Retrieve

[Mourinho would be available immediately and has received the backing of former Bayern midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger] I can imagine Mourinho in Germany. I remember he was always asking me about Bayern and the Bundesliga. During our away games, there was always Bundesliga on TV. He really knew every single player, even from the smaller teams. He was also learning German. He has not worked in the Bundesliga, so I can well imagine that he would be tempted by a commitment in Germany

2019 11 06 Retrieve

[The man who once called Wenger a voyeur and a specialist in failure, the man who just two years ago sat in his post-match press conference after Manchester United had lost 2-0 at the Emirates] The Arsenal fans, they are happy. I’m happy for them. It’s the first time I leave Highbury or the Emirates and they are happy. It’s the first time! I left Highbury, they were crying. I left Emirates, they were crying. They were walking the street with their head low. So finally today they sing, they wave their scarves. It’s nice for them

2019 11 10 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho says Liverpool will go a long way to breaking their Premier League title duck if they can overcome Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday] I think, nine points, for a very good team, is a difference you just have to control. So if Liverpool win the game, I see them winning the league

[Mourinho, though, believes that even a draw would be an outcome that would favour Pep Guardiola’s side] I don’t think a point is enough for Liverpool. They’re a very good team, but City are capable of going on very strong runs of consecutive victories. A slip for Liverpool will always happen. So I think today can be seen as a bit of a contradiction. Even if Liverpool have the six-point advantage, a draw is a positive result for City and a bad result for Liverpool. Liverpool have to get the momentum, have to get the little bit of fragility of City have at this time and, in my opinion, to win the game at home at Anfield is the only good result for Liverpool

2019 11 10b Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho thinks his old adversary Pep Guardiola got his tactics wrong in Manchester City’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool on Sunday] Let’s forget the last time I played here, because the last time I played here, I lost 3-1 and I was sacked. But apart from that one, every time I’ve played against Liverpool and I had a team that was not as good as Liverpool, I was always concerned about the distances between my four defenders.

When a team plays like they do, with Roberto Firmino dropping in between the lines and creating doubts, and when Salah and Mane want to go in between the gaps, you have to play more than ever with a very short distance between your four defenders. Liverpool scored two goals. One between Kyle Walker and John Stones, and one between Fernandinho and Angelino. I cannot say more than that

[When asked if he thought the goals City conceded were avoidable] For me, yes. It’s very difficult. It’s very difficult, but you have to try

[While Jurgen Klopp eventually opted to bring on a second right-back in Joe Gomez to nullify the constant threat posed by Raheem Sterling, the likes of Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne were nowhere near their best] When De Bruyne plays as a midfielder on the right, I think he has much more of a connection with the attacking players. In the last section of the game, I think Bernardo was a lot more in the game than he could have been during the 90 minutes. It’s very difficult to play against this Liverpool

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[Mourinho thinks the defensive display against Ajax as a reason for Blues fans to be fearful] In the first weekend, I was worried and I am still worried. I think fantastic work - the kids that are coming to the team are fitting amazingly well with the top class players like Willian and [N’Golo Kante](n-golo-kante.html). Really great work by Frank but they have lost twice against Manchester United, they lost against Liverpool at home, they conceded four goals against Ajax and I am very curious to see Chelsea in the next match at the Etihad because I think I am curious to see if they found that great empathy between the good football they play and the pragmatism they must have to play against the top teams

When they find that I think they have a great team for the future. I don’t think they have it in them to finish in the top two - but I believe very seriously that they will finish top four

2019 11 11 Retrieve

[Mourinho ‘upset’ over VAR inconsistency after Liverpool’s win over Man City] I think we’ve spoken enough about it and I think the main question is just consistency. That’s what really upsets me in the game, in this moment, that one weekend it’s not a penalty and next week it’s going to be a penalty. For me, that’s the crucial point of it. The game was so good and there is so much to speak about the game that I think enough is enough

[Mourinho’s own record against the Reds in recent years hasn’t been impressive with the Portuguese coach conceding Jurgen Klopp’s attack excel at breaking up defences] Let’s forget the last time I played here, because the last time I played here, I lost 3-1 and I was sacked. But apart from that one, every time I’ve played against Liverpool and I had a team that was not as good as Liverpool, I was always concerned about the distances between my four defenders. When a team plays like they do, with [Roberto] Firmino dropping in between the lines and creating doubts, and when [Sadio] Salah and Mane want to go in between the gaps, you have to play more than ever with a very short distance between your four defenders. Liverpool scored two goals. One between Kyle Walker and John Stones, and one between Fernandinho and Angelino. I cannot say more than that

2019 11 11b Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho says Chelsea are not quite ready to challenge for a place in the Premier League’s top two] In the first weekend I was worried and I’m still worried with the big matches. I think fantastic work. The kids coming into the team are fitting amazingly well with the top-class players like Willian and Kante. I think really, really great work by Frank. But, they lost twice against United, they lost against Liverpool at home. They conceded four goals against Ajax and I’m very, very curious to see Chelsea in the next match at the Etihad. I’m curious to see if they found that great empathy between the good football they play and the pragmatism that the top teams must have to play against top teams. When they find that I think they have a great team for the future. I don’t believe in them to finish top two, but I believe very seriously for them to finish top four

2019 11 11c Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho has claimed the Premier League title race is already over following Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Manchester City on Sunday. Mourinho said his win with ​Chelsea at Anfield in 2014 handed Manchester City the title] When I gave you [Vincent Kompany] the title [back in 2014], you never told me thank you. When I gave you the title by winning here and you didn’t even call me to say thank you, you were the best team. They were not the best, they were there, they were almost there, but you were the best team, at this moment I don’t think there is that difference in power

They know how to win, they know how to cope with the pressure. Because if the distances are three points or six points, it is still very open, but if the difference is nine points, goodbye.

If you are behind [in the title race], you have to feel like you can reach them. If you are top of the league with a big advantage, you have to feel like it is not over

But I am not there, I’m here. And here, from my position, I think it’s done unless something dramatic happens in terms of an injury situation that breaks the team. But I think the team is a complete puzzle. I feel the way they play is adapted to the qualities of the players

Manchester City are capable of winning seven, eight, nine matches in a row, but I can’t see how Liverpool can lose this advantage of nine points to them

2019 11 17 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho worries about Chelsea FC defence under Frank Lampard] In the first weekend I was worried and I’m still worried with the big matches. They lost twice against United, they lost against Liverpool at home, they conceded four goals against Ajax and I’m very, very curious to see Chelsea in the next match at the Etihad

I’m curious to see if they found that great empathy between the good football they play and the pragmatism that the top teams must have to play against top teams

2019 11 18 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho praises Virgil van Dijk] It’s almost impossible to find weakness in his game … it would be unfair to compare other central defenders to him

2019 11 20 Retrieve

[Tottenham have confirmed the appointment of Jose Mourinho as their new manager on a contract that runs until 2023] I am excited to be joining a club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters. The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me.

2019 11 20b Retrieve

[Mourinho says academies at previous clubs ‘not good enough’ as he vows to develop Spurs youngsters] I really like this squad and looking to the young players - there is not one manager in the world that doesn’t like to play young players and to help young players to develop - not one. The problem is that sometimes you get into clubs where the work that is below you is not good enough to produce these players, so I look to our history and you see that the academy is always giving the talents that the first team need. Of course I look forward to [working] with that profile. To play against Tottenham at White Hart Lane was always hard but beautiful. It was one of these places where I used to go with passion but also with respect. I always [spoke] about the club’s potential. I always [spoke] about the qualities of the players. I always [spoke about] the magnificent work the club was doing

[Mourinho was also full of praise for the facilities at his new club, hailing them as the best in Europe] When you say, ‘beautiful stadium’, you are too humble. You have to say, ‘best stadium in the world’. I think that is the reality. The training ground is second to none. It probably can only be compared with some American Football training grounds. You cannot compare with European football at any level - and I’ve been in the majority of the best places. It’s impossible to compare anything [to] the stadium. I think it’s something that has to make us all very, very proud. But not just that, the conditions you have to work in are absolutely amazing

[The former Intermilan and Real Madrid boss insisted that he would be able to lift Spurs out of the bottom half of the Premier League table but stopped short of assuring fans of a top four finish] In relation to the Premier League, I think we know where we are, and we know that we don’t belong there. We should just play match after match, the next match we want to win and that’s the same about the next, and the next and the next until the last. At the end of last season we will see where we are, but I know that we are going to be in a different position than we are now. I look forward to the challenge, to the responsibility [of bringing] happiness to everyone that loves the club

2019 11 21 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho will stir things up at Tottenham] Football is so crazy at times. We all know that, fans, players, staff. I was as shocked as everyone. Poch has done a tremendous job at Spurs, and it won’t be easy to top his team performance and passion for our club. In football nothing is certain, but one thing is: Mourinho will stir things up, so let’s see what happens

He is a phenomenal coach, straightforward and ambitious and so are our boys. So #COYS heads up, chest out. We’re not only the best of northern London, we are the best. So show it

2019 11 21b Retrieve

[Mourinho plays down Tottenham transfer hopes in first press conference] The best gift are the players who are here. I don’t need new players. I just need to get to know these ones better. I know them well but you never know them well enough until you meet them. I told the players I came here because of them. I tried to buy some for different clubs and some I didn’t even try because you know how difficult it was

[On Spurs’ title hopes] We can’t win the Premier League this season. Next season, I’m not saying we will win it, but we can win it

2019 11 21c Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho has been special and happy in the past, with the new Tottenham boss now claiming to be humble as he prepares to make new mistakes in another Premier League post] I think so. These last 11 months have been used to think and to prepare. You never lose your DNA. You are what you are - for the good things and the bad things. I know in my career that I’ve made mistakes. I’m not going to make the same mistakes. I’ll make new mistakes. I am humble. I am humble enough to analyse my career, and the problems. There was no one else to blame […] I went really deep in that analysis. I’m nobody to advise people but to have a break was very positive for me. Having the first summer where I didn’t work was not good for me. I was a bit lost. But it was good for me. I even learned how to be a pundit!

[Mourinho is happy to be picking up a baton dropped 12 games into the current campaign] I had a feeling I was going to get a club mid-season. I knew I would be in a situation where I would get only one or two days before my first game. I cannot come here and think it is about myself. It is about the players and going from a base of stability. Happiness-wise I am convinced my choice was a great one. The club is huge. I know that I have potentially a great job in my hands

2019 11 21d Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho has praised Mauricio Pochettino for his great work at Tottenham] I’ve been smiling for two days. First of all, I do it with a bit of sadness, I have to speak about Mauricio. I have to congratulate him on the incredible job he did. I share with you what we shared inside. This club will always be his home, this training ground his training ground. He is always welcome here. Tomorrow is another day. He will find happiness soon. He will give everything like he did at this club. He will leave with sadness with the feeling that he did great work. It is what everyone at the club felt

2019 11 21e Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho speaks after took over Tottenham Hotspur] I couldn’t be happier and if I was not as happy as I am, I wouldn’t be here. What can I promise? Passion, real passion. Passion for my job, but also passion for my club, that’s the way I have been all my career and I want to try, obviously, everything to bring happiness to everyone who loves the club. It’s a privilege when a manager goes to a club and feels that happiness in relation to the squad he is going to have

I met Spurs in cup finals, in big matches and to keep that respect was in the back of my mind that one day I could be one of you

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[Jose Mourinho says Tottenham can challenge for title next season and hints at change of style] We cannot win the Premier League this season. We can - I’m not saying we will do - we can win next season

[Asked how the side will play] Very similar to before [under Pochettino]. That’s what I keep saying. Very similar to before. Of course I’m going to try to add some details, and sometimes details can make the difference, and progressively we will arrive to a fingerprint. But the style of play has to be always adapted, not just to the club culture but especially the players’ qualities. That’s the way it is. These are the players. They have their qualities, adapted to a certain way of playing football, and that’s the way we want to do it.

I don’t want to make big changes. I want to respect the base and the base is the work they [Pochettino and his staff] did for five years. The base is what they did before. This is not about me. I am not here to make drastic changes.

2019 11 21g Retrieve

[Mauricio Pochettino’s assistant shares heartbreaking picture of his goodbye message to Tottenham players] I’ve been smiling for two days. First of all, and I do it with a bit of sadness, I have to speak about Mauricio. I have to congratulate him for the work that he did. I have to share with you what we already shared indoors which is that this club will always be his home, this training ground will always be his training ground. He can come when he wants, when he misses the players, when he misses the players that he worked with. The door is always open for him

From my experience, tomorrow is another day. He will find happiness again. He will find a great club again, and he will have a great future. He gave everything, every day at the club and he will leave with a sad feeling, but a feeling that he did great work. So I would just like to say that because it it is what everyone at the club feels about it also. He will always be welcome here

2019 11 22 Retrieve

[Mourinho reveals Ed Woodward sent him a congratulatory message after Spurs appointment] I received messages from everybody, everywhere (from my former clubs). Maybe I get the opportunity to apologise for not answering 500 of them that I couldn’t answer. I have 700 but only had time to answer 200. But it was curious to see, from my last club, so many people showing me that respect, empathy and feeling. It was nice. All of them were special. The first one was from (United managing director) Richard Arnold. The third, fourth or fifth was Ed Woodward. And they were my bosses

[When asked whether he expects to see eye to eye with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy] Yes, I think we will get on well. He explained to me the vision for the club and I embraced that. It was one of the most important reasons I accepted. So when I did that, it’s a very good start

2019 11 22b Retrieve

[Mourinho fires back at critics of his use of Academy stars] There are clubs that are better than others at creating conditions for the young players. For example, when I arrived at Manchester United, the U-23 team were relegated. When a team is relegated it is because the quality is not there.

Where was the quality? In the younger ones. So it was the younger ones we started promoting, by bringing them to the first team, by playing them in pre-season matches in the US, even against top teams like Real Madrid, Liverpool and AC Milan. This is the generation that has more potential than the other. But every manager wants to play young players. If the potential is there, you are very happy to help the young guys to the fore

2019 11 22c Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho knows Tottenham is probably his last major club job in English football and would love to emulate the length of Mauricio Pochettino’s stay in north London] I would love to stay many years. When I say many years, I know realistically how football is. If I could do a Mauricio, five-and-a-half years, it would be amazing

[Other potential stops sketched out for his final years could be boyhood club Vitoria Setubal back in Portugal and his national team] So, I’m 56, 61 [after five years at Tottenham]. Ten more years - Vitoria Setubal, Portugal. It’s maybe the last [job in England], yeah

[The new Spurs boss will be hoping to get off to a winning start] I am humble. I am humble enough to analyse my career, and the problems. You never lose your DNA. You are what you are - for the good things and the bad things. I know in my career that I’ve made mistakes. I’m not going to make the same mistakes. I’ll make new mistakes

2019 11 22d Retrieve

[Mourinho: Harry Kane and Tottenham need titles to get to the next level] This is not about me. This is about Mr Levy and the club. He has a vision and part of that is to make the club better and bigger. There is no better and bigger club without a better and bigger team. So, to keep the best players is obviously part of that plan. It was not like a promise to me. It was part of his explanation about his vision. Without being specific about players he told me he does not sell players when the manager doesn’t want to sell

Harry Kane’s one of the best strikers in the world, no doubt. He just needs his team with him, if his team is England or Tottenham, to bring him or to go with him to the next level. And what is the next level? Titles. I think he needs to win. He needs to bring something to highlight his quality, the goals he scores, what he brings to the team. He is a top striker and I’ve worked with some of the top ones

[He wants to see Dele Alli rediscover his best form] I have spoken with him and asked if he was Dele or Dele’s brother. He told me he was Dele. ‘OK,’ I said, ‘play like Dele’. He is potentially a fantastic player. I have to create a tactical situation he is happy with, give him the right dynamics and prepare him physically because he has had important injuries and he is not on the top of his form. I cannot expect him to go to West Ham - if he plays - and be man of the match. But he needs to go through a process to bring the real Dele back because the real Dele is the one who has impressed us all

I’m not going to try to be Einstein. I’m going to try to make the players play the way I want. Offensive football but winning matches. Not offensive football and don’t win a match for 10 or 11 months. But, yes, attacking football. You are not going to see Harry Kane playing at left-back that is for sure

2019 11 22e Retrieve

[Mourinho reveals his former clubs ‘feared’ Tottenham chairman Levy] I used to be in clubs that fear him. It’s true. He’s powerful. He’s a businessman, but he’s a football man. He has big experience, a part of his intelligence overall, he’s a football man, he understands football, he understands the industry, he understands the evolution, he’s very clever, he’s very intelligent, it’s great to have him on my side

[Mourinho was also keen to stress that he did not feel the need to overhaul the Spurs squad at this point] I don’t need transfers. That’s the basic thing. So I think during the process, we are going to need ticks, you know. You lose a player, you get a player, you sell a player, you get a player, but this is readjustments to your squad. But the more you like a squad the less money you need. You go to a club: ‘I don’t like the centre back, I don’t like the keeper, I don’t like the striker, I don’t like the midfield player’ - more than football you need incredible I have these assets the ones that are let’s say, and end products are almost the ones that are there to develop

2019 11 23 Retrieve

[Mourinho explains why he left Eriksen out of his first Tottenham XI against West Ham] I need to understand what is in Christian’s mind or heart and we have to make the right decision for the club

It’s not just about continuity [Eriksen being out]. Continuity is very important but our future is also very important. But on top of that, I think Lucas and Son, Alli, Kane… they are players with a good understanding and we are going to try to find some positions and a dynamic that allows them to hurt the opposition. Let’s see if we can do it because I like the ideas, but I like to work the ideas. Today is more about ideas than working them. Let’s see if we can find happiness

2019 11 23b Retrieve

[Mourinho takes credit for opening Spurs win] I was really happy before we conceded the two goals, we were playing well, bringing to the game things we had tried in training. And we had the ball to make it 4-0 and kill the game. We are lucky I have so many years in the Premier League so I told the players at half-time ‘even if we are 3-0 in the 85th minute the game will still be open’. But there were also many factors. The emotions of losing the previous manager, people coming back from national teams and fatigue in the last 20 minutes. The most important thing was to win, no matter how. The boys are happy and that’s what I really wanted

[Mourinho was delighted with Dele Alli’s performance] I’m happy with him, I spent a few minutes with him in training and outside the pitch. And we were saying that the best Dele Alli has to be back. He’s too good to not be one of the best players in the world and not playing with the national team

2019 11 23c Retrieve

[Mourinho makes triumphant start at Tottenham] Eleven months without music in the away dressing room, without a smile, without happiness and they did it. I am very happy with them. I am very happy for them. If somebody didn’t watch the game and just knows the result, they will think it is very, very difficult for us to win. The feeling is that we were closer to 4-0 than West Ham were to 3-1

[There was much more to like about Dele Alli’s display] He was the old Dele Alli, the Dele Alli of a couple of years ago, that impressed not just England but the world. He did exactly what I wanted him to do, with two days of work. With important selection of information, I tried to make clear for him exactly the spaces where we wanted him to play, offensively and defensively. He is an intelligent footballer to understand what we wanted and very, very important for the team

2019 11 23d Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho is impressed by his surroundings after taking charge at Tottenham Hotspur] You have to say [Spurs have] the best stadium in the world. That’s the reality. The training ground is also second to none. It probably can only be compared with some American Football training grounds. You cannot compare it with European football at any level

2019 11 25 Retrieve

[When asked about reuniting with Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Spurs during a press conference on Monday] No chance

[He added on not needing another centre-forward given Harry Kane’s quality] We have the best striker in England. One of the top two, three strikers in the world. It doesn’t make any sense of a striker of Zlatan’s dimensions - a striker in his 30s but that can play at any club in the world - it doesn’t make sense to come to a club where we have Harry Kane

[Mourinho went on to express how much he loves playing in Europe’s most prestigious competition] I love the competition as much as everyone in football. It’s something that everyone dreams of winning. We have two matches to qualify and we need to focus on these matches first. Give me time, give me time to develop my ideas and we will have no problem going to play any team in Europe. We are not afraid of anyone. If you can win at home in your first game that’s also important. Our stadium is the best stadium in the world and we have great support, so we are going to try to have a good result and qualify

2019 11 25b Retrieve

[Speaking ahead of his first Champions League clash in charge of Spurs against Olympiacos on Tuesday] I love this competition as much as everyone in football. It’s something that everybody dreams of winning. Not everyone has the privilege of being a Champions League winner which I was happy enough to do. If Mauricio says that [losing the final affected the players] then he’s been here and he’s sharing his feelings. It’s like landing on the moon but you don’t do it. Look at Liverpool, who had the frustration of not winning and then the next season they reached the final and won it.

Every Champions League campaign there are details around your success or failure like how many times I lost on penalties or in the last minute. Details make the difference. In my case, the season where I lost the semi-final on penalties [to Bayern Munich in the 2011-12 season] with Real Madrid I think that was the strongest Real Madrid team of the past 15-20 years. We won the league but lost on penalties because three of the best penalty takers in the world, Kaka, [Sergio] Ramos and [Cristiano] Ronaldo, missed. We were the best team. As for Spurs last season, they had little details for them. VAR was with them and the Lucas [Moura] goal in Amsterdam. To arrive in the final is an achievement but not history

[Mourinho says he will not start thinking about the possibility of getting his hands on the trophy until later in the competition] With these boys I will never be afraid of any Champions League match. We need to qualify. It’s only when my teams arrive in the quarter-finals that I start thinking that we have a chance. In this moment we are far from it

2019 11 26 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho ruled out any chance of a reunion with Ibrahimovic at Tottenham] It doesn’t make sense to sign him when we have Harry Kane

2019 11 26b Retrieve

[Mourinho hints Christian Eriksen could be left out of Spurs XI while he courts transfer away] It’s not just about continuity (Eriksen being out). Continuity is very important but our future is also very important. My decisions about starting him or not starting, selecting or not selecting, will be based on a perspective of a future. I cannot hide that. We have a present and, in football, we have to focus on the present. In this case, the game tomorrow, but it’s a club where you have to think about the future

[Mourinho did insist that Eriksen will remain an important part of the squad] These important decisions obviously they have an influence on my decisions as a head coach, but the important thing is that Christian staying or leaving, he’s that type of guy who easily I could understand. Proper guy, loves the club, loves his colleagues, amazing colleague in the dressing room. So it doesn’t matter what, he’s one of us until the last day

Do I want to win it a third time? Of course, I would love it but I know the difficulties of it. But, with these boys, I will never be afraid of any Champions League match that comes into our faces. I repeat, we need to qualify, that is the focus. I always say that. We have to qualify, but, as I was saying, give me time to work, give me time to float my ideas with these boys and I will have no problem at all going to any stadium at all to face any big opponent in Europe or in England. We are not going to be afraid of anybody

2019 11 26c Retrieve

[New Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has praised the work of an ‘intelligent ball boy’ that proved key in his side’s 4-2 win over Olympiacos in the Champions League on Tuesday] I love intelligent ball boys like I was, and this kid today was brilliant. He read the game, understands the game and made an important assist, an important moment for him and he will never forget it. The goal before half-time is important. I did not see it, I saw it later on the screen. When you are losing 2-0, if you are in control of the other result and you know a draw is enough to qualify then we can go for the draw in the second half and be pragmatic

[While disappointed to see his side fall behind early on, Mourinho praised the players for remaining calm] We have qualified for the next round, that is the important thing for all of us at the club and the fans. It was hard, they are a good team, very well organised and they attacked our self esteem and self confidence. I did not expert our boys to feel this pressure at home and they have not had the best results in the last few months. It was a tough time, more than the changes or the tactical talk, I told them to keep calm, keep confident and believe in ourselves

2019 11 26d Retrieve

[Mourinho apologises to Eric Dier after early substitution before Tottenham comeback] The first thing I did in the dressing room is apologise to Eric Dier. It is never easy for a player but not for the coaching staff either. It was for the team and we needed a different solution. We were losing 2-0, they were closing really well and I needed a second man with Dele Alli to come into the pockets. It was between Dier and Harry Winks but a hard decision. They understand, Eric understands but the reality is it is never an easy decision and to make it clear, it was about the team not individuals. I thought about taking out one of the centre-backs and putting Eric in defence

We have qualified for the next round, that is the important thing for all of us at the club and the fans. It was hard, they are a good team, very well organised and they attacked our self-esteem and self-confidence. I did not expect our boys to feel this pressure at home and they have not had the best results in the last few months

[Asked about what he told his players at the interval, the two-time winner of the competition] It was a tough time. More than the changes or the tactical talk, I told them to keep calm, keep confident and believe in ourselves

2019 11 26e Retrieve

[José Mourinho apologises to Eric Dier for first-half substitution] The most difficult moment of the game for me was not when Olympiakos scored the first or second goal but when I made the change in the first-half. Hurt the player but hurt myself. It’s important the player understands and I was lucky that my choice was a very intelligent boy who has a good understanding of what the team is. It was not about his performance

We were losing 2-0 in a very difficult moment and one positional midfield player was more than enough. I apologise to Eric, in spite of the fact he knows I did it for the team and not with the intention to hurt him

[Spurs took control of the game with Kane’s equaliser for 2-2 - after the quick-thinking of a ballboy. He returned the ball swiftly for a throw–n to allow the team to break upfield] To do that you have to be a very good ballboy. I was a very good ballboy between 10 and 15 or 16 years old. The kid understands the game, reads the game. He’s not there just to look at the stands, the lights or the stars. He’s there to watch the game. I tried to invite him to the dressing room at the end but he disappeared

2019 11 27 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho refused to reveal his half-time team talk after Tottenham’s Champions League comeback] I think if you wait a few months and you buy the Amazon movie you will find out. For me it had to be a soft version of myself because it was a bit of a surprise to me. I felt that the players’ self-esteem and self-confidence, they were playing at home with not the best results, probably with the Bayern [Munich] game behind their thoughts. I felt that they were in need of some love at that time and not The Critical One. I felt there needed to be more of an emotional balance. After that we talked about a few tactical details, tactical position adjustments but it was more about their confidence, their difficult situation and to go for it

[Tuesday was Mourinho’s first match in charge at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium] I think again that it’s not about me, it’s about the team. I just want to help, the fans help, the ball boy helps. Everybody who loves Spurs helped. The players are the most important thing. Of course my feeling was great, especially because it was one of those matches where I had to play. You know some matches you play before the match in the way you prepare the team. You work, you train, you prepare and then the game starts and the direction in the game is not very important. In other matches you have to play and I had to play. Apart from an awful feeling in relation to Eric [Dier, substituted in the first half], apart from that awful feeling everything was great for me and I think it was victory 80 for me in the Champions League. So let’s hope for victory 81

2019 11 29 Retrieve

[Mourinho’s message to Emery after Arsenal sacking: No dramas mi amigo, you will get another club] It’s always sad news. I felt it as a kid when my dad was sacked as a manager, I felt it myself when I have been sacked previously. There’s not one single manager sacked that I’m happy with. I always feel a deja vu situation. So I’m sad for it but that’s life. Unai is a fantastic coach, not happy at Arsenal obviously but a fantastic coach with a proven record. A little bit of a rest and another big club will come for him and his career will be back on track. So no dramas mi amigo keep going and you will get another club

[Pressed on whether he was surprised by the timing of Emery’s dismissal] One-and-a-half seasons, right? I cannot comment on it. I don’t know the feelings, if Unai was even himself happy to leave. I just can’t say. I’m always disappointed when a manager goes, even when I was waiting for a job, even when I need somebody to get sacked for me to eventually be a possibility, it’s not something that I enjoy. In football and in life, when I hear about factories closing or people being made redundant, this kind of story, I’m never happy

[Pressed on whether the Arsenal job would have appealed] There’s no point telling it. It didn’t happen. I’m so happy here that I couldn’t even think about the possibility to go to another place. You can put now in front of me any club in the world, I would not move

2019 11 29b Retrieve

[Mourinho backs Spurs starlet Ryan Sessegnon to be the next Ashley Cole] I think Ryan is absolutely fantastic, I have known him since a kid in Fulham. When he comes to the first team in the Premier League, it is different to the Championship. I think in this moment he is a winger on the left, can also play on the right, can learn progressively and even developing physically, which he is doing. Even last time I saw him and the first time I met him when I came here he is already different physically. I think Ryan can play as a left-back. Probably the best left-back in the last decade was Ashley Cole, in spite of him being from two enemy clubs, but he was fantastic. But Ryan has lots of similarities with Ashley [who Mourinho managed at Chelsea], and he can learn how to defend. In the future, I think he can be [a left-back] but in this moment he is not ready to play as a left-back

[vWhile ruling Sessegnon out of contention for a left-back berth in the present, Mourinho does face a selection poser in that position after seeing Wales international Davies pick up an injury] That’s a blow. Especially for a boy that was feeling my trust to be chosen to start my first game is always something that the players obviously enjoy. He was playing well, he adapted to our way of playing, would be good to have him as an option but it’s not possible so sad news for us, sad news for him. But he will be back and we will survive without him. I trust the other people that can play in the same position, like Danny did in the last match. And we still have other players that can do it. On top of that, I couldn’t be at it but I watched on video our youth team playing in the Champions League, and we also have [Dennis Cirkin]. OK, he’s 17 but he’s a kid with a lot of quality, and I look forward to bringing him to train with us, and to help his development.

We have options - Danny Rose is the natural left-back, Jan Vertonghen can do it, he did it already for the club and for the national team. In extra emergency, I think even Aurier could give us a hand playing there, and we have options at right-back. So the squad [can deal] with one or two injuries, so we are fine.

2019 11 29c Retrieve

[Mourinho says Tottenham ball boy hero Callum Hynes will join Spurs squad for pre-match meal] He is coming for lunch, for a pre-match meal with the boys [on Saturday]. Happy days for the kid and hopefully we gave him amazing memories for the rest of his life, so beautiful for him

I love intelligent ball boys like I was, and this kid today was brilliant. He read the game, understands the game and made an important assist, an important moment for him and he will never forget it

2019 11 29d Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho insists he did not hold talks with Arsenal about replacing Unai Emery before becoming Tottenham’s new head coach] No. No. Of course I never deny it because I never deny things. But when I was reading that I was in a meeting with Mr Sanllehi, it is not true

I never played against Pochettino in my life. Never. Manchester United against Tottenham, yes, Tottenham against Chelsea, yes, but never me against Pochettino. So if he goes to Arsenal, if he goes to I don’t know which club, it will never be me against [him]. It will be me against these clubs. So yes, I look forward to playing against Arsenal; yes, I want to play against Arsenal. I know what it means for our fans. I know that one is a big one, not just because Arsenal is a big club that fights for the same objectives as we do, but also I know the meaning and I like it.

[Mourinho is glad to be back in the Premier League, having been out of a job since leaving Manchester United in 2018] You know how much I like the Premier League, that’s the first point. You go back to Porto, my first opportunity to leave my country I had lots of options. It was England. I was in Real Madrid, probably the dream club for the majority of us. I left Real Madrid to come to the Premier League. Now, I stayed in the Premier League which I always say is my natural habitat. So many years I like it a lot. So that is a point.

The second point is this club. You know what the club is showing me. The vision they have for the future and everything, they are as a club in terms of structure organisation, feelings, a big club but with a concept of a family, working together with people. I see them everyday. Everybody is around me. Mr Levy is next door to me, his office is next door to me. Everyday I need him he is there. He needs me, I’m there. Then the chief scout [Steve Hitchen] is the next door. I meet him everyday. If I want to speak he’s there. If he wants to speak with me, I’m here. The academy boss three doors [down]. Everything is close, it’s commitment. We arrive here early in the morning, we leave late in the afternoon. I like very much this kind of empathy and the way we are working. And, again, very, very important, I like the players. Very important

2019 11 29e Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho believes it is impossible for managers to match the 20-year dynasties that Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger achieved] Twenty years in a club? I don’t think it’s possible. Modern life, new technologies, social media - I think everything has an influence, even people’s mentality, faster relations, getting tired easily, so many things that are changing. Not [just] football but [these things] are changing the world and the perception of things that I think Wenger was the last ‘man/one’. It’s a bad thing for us.

We have to adapt and we have to try to prove that we are the man for the job. We have to fight for our job every day. I think the times where people know the job is going to be mine for X amount of years [are gone]. You have to fight for your job every day. Not just with the football results but with everything you do in the club. I think it’s normal. It happens in society in so many areas. I can imagine even yourself in your newspaper and your radio you have to not just sleep on what you did previously. I think you have to show every day you have that you are the guy for the job. I think it’s just life

[Mourinho said he does not go into new jobs worrying about how long his tenure will last] I don’t think about that. I think about trying to show I am the man for the job every day

2019 11 30 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho discusses how the lifespan of coaches has changed over recent years] Twenty years in a club? I don’t think it’s possible. Modern life, new technologies, social media - I think everything has an influence, even people’s mentality, faster relations, getting tired easily, so many things that are changing. Not [just] football but [these things] are changing the world and the perception of things that I think [Arsene] Wenger was the last ‘man/one’

2019 11 30 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho says Tottenham supporters do not love him yet] The fans love the club, I’m not saying they love me but they accept me as a top professional who wants to give everything for the club. People have more reasons to love me if they like my work, but the fans are behind the team and the see us working hard to get to a position in the table that is more suitable to the talent of this squad

[Mourinho added on a player who had looked a little out of sorts prior to his arrival] He plays in a position where he feels happy and comfortable, we also give him space for his creativity which he always has. I think he played three phenomenal matches since I arrived

[Mourinho added on the display of his side against Bournemouth] I think it was in our best period when we scored the third goal, we were close to score the fourth and then when they scored the first one it was a different game. I felt the boys felt a bit tired after playing a high intensity game, but we had the chance to score the fourth goals, but then in the Premier League the game is always alive. We played well for long period of the games, we had a few scary moments but I think the fans enjoyed. We scored seven goals in four days

2019 12 03 Retrieve

[Mourinho claims to be no ‘enemy’ of Man Utd and addresses Christian Eriksen’s future at Spurs] I’m not a villain, I’m not an enemy. I’m the coach that is trying to win at Manchester United. [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer is the guy that is going to try and win the game for United so of course, they’re going to support him and not support me. I feel good, I like to play big matches, I like to play against the best teams and go back to a place where I was happy. I have a great relationship with the Manchester United supporters. I went back as a pundit and I was humbled by such a beautiful reception. Tomorrow I go back as the coach of the team that will try and beat Manchester United. I understand that what they want is the exact opposite of what I want. Of course, during the match I expect them to forget me

[Pressed for an update on that standoff] I am not going to discuss these individual things. I am speaking with Mr Levy about it and speak with all the players about it. We try to understand every detail, but it’s not something I am going to discuss with you. They are great professionals, big relationship with Tottenham.

[Mourinho was happy to sing of newly-crowned Asian Player of the Year Heung-min Son] I’m in love with that guy. Fantastic player, fantastic boy

I think [Alli] can do anything he wants. He has the talent, the right age, experience playing at the highest level. He has everything, it’s just a question of motivation every day

2019 12 03b Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho says Dele Alli has the talent to do anything he wants] He can do anything he wants. I think he has the talent, he is the right age and has the right experience. He already has experience at the highest level, playing the Champions League, playing for the national team in the biggest competitions, lots of talent, young. He has everything. It is just a question about motivation every day. This is not an individual thing, this is about everybody

In the last game, we were very fine and when they scored the first goal in a direct free kick I think we were in complete control. I think we had zero problems in the second half of the game. We were very tight, we were pressing very well, we were in control. So when that goal came in our best moment, and Bournemouth’s worst moment, from a set-piece, there is nothing you can do when the kid has that talent

[One man who has yet to feature under Mourinho is Juan Foyth, with Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld all currently ahead of him in the pecking order] There are other players that I like very, very much and I try to give some stability to the team and there is no space for everyone, so we look to other boys. Ryan Sessegnon, Lo Celso, Walker-Peters, we have other players with the potential to play that they didn’t have yet the opportunity to play. I would say let’s wait for the end of December for the accumulation of matches and for sure opportunities will come

2019 12 03c Retrieve

[Mourinho explains why he lived in Lowry Hotel while at Man Utd] You know how I would be unhappy? I would be unhappy if I was in a house on my own. I would have to clean, I don’t want. I would have to iron, I don’t know how to. I would have to cook, I would cook fried eggs and sausages. That’s the only thing I can do. I would be very unhappy. I lived in an amazing apartment, it was not a room. It was mine all the time. It was not like after one week I had to leave.

No, it was mine. I left everything there, I had my television, my books, my computer. It was a flat, with ‘Bring me a caffe latte, please’ or ‘I don’t want to go down for dinner, bring my dinner up’. I was watching football or doing work with one of my assistants and I would ask: ‘Bring us food’. I had everything, if I was in an apartment alone it would be much more difficult. I was fine, more than fine

[Reflecting on his time at Old Trafford, Mourinho insisted that he had no regrets] I learned and I think I am a better coach now than I was then

2019 12 04 Retrieve

[Mourinho takes shot at Man Utd after Tottenham loss] We started bad, they started well. They scored the first goal, could have scored the second and for the first 30 minutes they were not just better than us, they were much better than us. For the last 15 minutes [of the first half] the story was different. I thought the second half we’d be back to normality and normality was to have control of the game but when you concede a goal like we did it’s difficult. They took a few steps back, started to block low and they were clever in the way they were getting fouls and pretending injuries and controlling and then still dangerous on the counterattack. We were punished by our mistake for the second goal. The reason I want to say clearly they deserved to win the game was because in the first 30 minutes of the game they were much better than us. It was not just today, if you look to our previous matches it was the same. Against Olympiacos we didn’t start well, against Bournemouth it took time, rather than being proactive we are a little bit more reactive

[On the penalty] I don’t know, I didn’t see it, but I think what happened inside of the box is a consequence of what happened before. I think when Ashley Young had the ball we have to be alert immediately, we were not, we gave space to Rashford to receive the ball, it was only when he received the ball that we woke up

2019 12 04b Retrieve

[Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho, who coached Rashford at United before he was sacked almost a year ago, says he highlighted the 22-year-old’s prowess to his players before the game] When he plays from the left he is really dangerous and I knew that and gave the players the best information about it. His first goal is a typical Rashford goal coming on the inside. Our boys knew that clearly

2019 12 04c Retrieve

[Tottenham took a ‘step back’ in a 2-1 defeat to a Manchester United side] It’s a step back against a team that is playing with same objective as us - trying to get up the table and reach the top six. We need to keep going. We made mistakes but it’s not good to be crying about them now, we have a difficult match on Saturday (Burnley at home)

When [Rashford] plays from the left he is really dangerous and I knew that and gave the players the best information about it. His first goal is a typical Rashford goal coming on the inside. Our boys knew that clearly

[Mourinho praised Alli’s effort over the 90 minutes] Dele is fine, he gave a good performance and tried everything, even in the second half when it’s more difficult and they are more compact

[Mourinho was content at the reaction from Red Devils supporters to his presence] It was nice, polite, educated and what I was expecting

2019 12 04d Retrieve

[Mourinho hits out at Man Utd for defensive approach] United results against the best teams this season have been good. Chelsea, Liverpool, Leicester. For the way they play, it is easier for them. They are not afraid to have a defensive approach. It is easier for them against better teams, against teams who want more of the ball

[Mourinho added on Rashford’s second goal marking the turning point in the match] We started the second half with a goal that it is impossible to concede. We were not alert, sleeping at the throw-in and we let Rashford attack. Once he is inside the box it’s more difficult to defend and he was clever and waited for the touch. In the first half they started more aggressive and more intense and deserved to be in front, maybe even 2-0, then we took control of the game. The goal at the start of the second half gave United the chance to play the way they did

[Mourinho did, however, concede that United deserved to win for the intensity they showed during the opening half-hour at Old Trafford] United were more aggressive in the first 30 minutes, more intense, so they deserve to win. I knew United at home would use the crowd, they’ve got a lot of young players and I knew they’d want to press and play with intensity, I told my players, but they couldn’t react

[On where Spurs need to improve going forward Mourinho concluded] I know that this team needs to be more aggressive. We need to win more duels, we need to start the game with more intensity. We need to make the opponent feel what United made us feel. You need to make opponents feel like they’re going to be in trouble. We were reactive rather than proactive

2019 12 05 Retrieve

[Mourinho thanks Bale for praising him & is asked if he wants him back at Tottenham] Come on, I don’t need to answer.

[Mourinho has welcomed that show of support] It is nice, I thank Gareth Bale. I didn’t know. If Gareth said that I’m really pleased

2019 12 06 Retrieve

[Mourinho reveals motivational words after defeat at Man Utd] I told the players [it] was a sad dressing room and that’s not what I like after a defeat. After a defeat you cannot be sad. You have to be more than that. You have to be raging. Being sad is not going to solve your problems

[Mourinho went on to express his belief that Moussa Sissoko is more effective playing on the right] Honestly, I don’t think he [Sissoko] is a midfield player in a core position, No.6 or a double 6. The best position for him is when he has the freedom to go [forward], or from the right like he did vs Bournemouth

So many experienced players arrive in England and the click for them is not automatic. So a young guy like Giovani Lo Celso also needs his time to adapt to the Premier League. You could see, even with Mauricio, an Argentine man like him […] easy communication, surrounded by some boys who speak French, he speaks English, so even in those surroundings of support it’s not like he arrives here and explodes immediately. But we know the good player he is, give him time to develop and we think he is going to be a good player for us

2019 12 07 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho says Son Heung-min’s sensational solo goal against Burnley reminded him of a goal Brazilian icon Ronaldo scored for Barcelona during the coach’s time at the Spanish side] Son’s is a tremendous goal. Harry’s two [goals from] outside the box and the pass for the Moussa goal. A couple of better passes or choices and we could have had more. I remember when I was at Barcelona with Mr [Bobby] Robson and Ronaldo Nazario scored a goal similar to Son 9484afd5836d307b314a404d745a9a68. And this was an amazing goal. I know that he is going to reach the face of the keeper and the control … he is unstoppable. The keeper is good, though, but he managed to put it in

A perfect day. No injuries, a clean sheet, goals, perfect football, kids coming on for their first Premier League football. Sean Dyche is always honest and he told me after the game we were too good for them. I thank him for that. They are difficult to play against but we were too good. It wasn’t them that were bad. Finally, the boys get a day off tomorrow that I’ve not been able to give them yet!

2019 12 10 Retrieve

[There has been some criticism of your handling of young players and academies in the past, maybe at Chelsea and United. Do you think that’s been fair criticism] Yes, it’s very important [to bring through youth], Scott McTominay is only the best player at Manchester United. Raphael Varane is one of the best players in the world, yes, it’s fair criticism

2019 12 11 Retrieve

[Mourinho forbids Tottenham players from looking at Bayern Munich thrashing] I forbid any image of it. watched it a couple of times: me, my staff and analysts try to go through every single aspect of that but not one single image for the boys. No. Not at all. We’re going to focus more on us than on Bayern. We’re going to try to develop our model of play, with different bodies, different phases, different players. But there is a certain way that we try to play football and try to develop our principles of play. And we’re totally focussed on us

You think our team is the same without Harry Kane? It’s not the same. And, of course, Bayern depend a little on [Robert] Lewandowski. Their coach thinks differently to me. I left Harry Kane at home, and I expect Lewandowski to play. But maybe he gets injured and doesn’t play at the weekend - so it’s better he thinks twice and doesn’t play Lewandowski! I arrive in mid-season, without four, five, six weeks to work and know the players - so we have to do everything while we are running. It’s very important to be that the players are coachable and open. I think the boys need me and my job is to help them

2019 12 11b Retrieve

[How Scott McTominay has allowed Man Utd to win again] Scott McTominay is only the best player at Manchester United

[When asked about McTominay last week, Solskjaer summed up his character by saying] So professional. Not tainted by any super-stardom or fame. He wants to be the best he can. That is the kind of player I want

2019 12 11c Retrieve

[Mourinho avoids ‘conclusions’ after Tottenham fall to Bayern Munich] A good match for me. I don’t want to speak about conclusions because it is too strong a word but I would say important information. I give you clearly a positive example because they are easier. Today I learned a lot about Juan Foyth. He didn’t play one minute for me until today and I learned more in these 90 minutes than I did in two or three weeks of training. No conclusions but good information. I would prefer to win or to draw and for Son [Heung-min] to score in the last minute and lose 3-2 rather than 3-1 of course but we knew the match was important for other reasons. We didn’t want a result that leaves a shadow on us but I think positive things about many of the boys

[Tottenham found an equaliser just six minutes later through 19-year-old Ryan Sessegnon] That is Ryan Sessegnon’s quality, that is the quality we know he has. He arrives always in dangerous positions and he is a good finisher. He can improve, he lost too many individual duels. He has a lot to develop but the potential is there

2019 12 12 Retrieve

[Christian Eriksen has been left as an unused substitute in two of Mourinho’s four Premier League games at the club to date] My decisions about starting Christian Eriksen or not starting, selecting or not selecting, will be based on a perspective of a future. I cannot hide that. We have a present and, in football, we have to focus on the present. In this case, the game tomorrow, but it’s a club where you have to think about the future

2019 12 12b Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho praised Ryan Sessegnon’s display in their 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League] That is the quality we know he has. He arrives always in dangerous positions and he is a good finisher. He has a lot to improve. He lost too many individual duels and he has to learn how to use his body. He was playing experienced players and has a lot to develop, but the potential is there

It was a good match for me. I don’t want to speak about conclusions because it is too strong of a word. But I would say some important information. Today I also learn a lot about Juan Foyth, who until today did not play a minute for me before. We played a good team and it was a good test. Of course, I would prefer to win or draw. I would prefer to score in the last minute and lose 3-2 rather than 3-1. But we knew the match was important for other reasons and we did not want a result which left a shadow on us

2019 12 12c Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho says Tottenham will be feared in the Champions League knockout phases] I think the teams that finished first they wish they don’t play against us. I think we’re one of the strongest teams from the second group. I know that we are a country that goes through a crazy period, which many, many times leaves marks on players, teams, on conditions, but by the end of February, I understand my players better, they understand me better. We have two more months of work together and I think we’re going to be much more ready. But today wasn’t a question of being or not being ready. Today was the very difficult situation of playing a game and prepare [for] a game where you put more emphasis on the players that rest than on the players that play and the result you are fighting for. That’s very difficult and I try to hide from the players that feeling but the players are intelligent guys and they understand clearly my focus was not on today my focus is on what’s next

[Mourinho felt his makeshift team performed well] This team is not what I call a team. What I call a team is when you work together, you develop principles together. This team we played tonight is a team that is not a perfect puzzle. We just tried to organise a team where we could rest some players and at the same time to give conditions for the more inexperienced people to perform, to have some security. I think in the first half, of course, they had chances to score more goals but we were one minute away from going to half time at 1-1. When I play [sub] Heung-min Son, I was going to play Son with the [score] 2-1. We concede one just in a moment where Sonny was coming. My wish is we can be back, and if we can be back it has to be for quarter-final or semi-final because we cannot play them in the next round. So my wish is to be back for a proper match, a match that we all like

2019 12 13 Retrieve

[Mourinho confident Tottenham can secure top-four spot] We know where we belong. Of course, we don’t belong to the second part of the table, where we were. We don’t even belong to position seven or eight, where we are the moment. We know where we belong and we believe, at the end of the season, we are going to be there. But if you can accelerate the process and get results that put you sooner rather than later in these positions, obviously this is the best that can happen to us. We need a bit of time. We need to improve in many things, and we are going to improve, because we have the talent to improve, the desire to improve, so I’m sure we’re going to improve

[Mourinho praised Klopp’s talents and said his presence in English football was good for the game] First of all, it means they are all happy. He’s happy; if not, he doesn’t sign. They’re happy; if not, they don’t give him new contract. Great news obviously for Liverpool fans, because they love him, for the players, because it looks clear that they like each other and their relationship is very good, and good news for the Premier League. We want to have the best players and the best coaches, and he’s one of the best, so I think only positive news

2019 12 13b Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho has said he is happy with Christian Eriksen’s performances] I only know his contract ends at the end of the season and the conversations I have had with Christian are private conversations that I am not going to share. He was so honest with me and I was so honest with him - our relationship is really, really good. We have a very good relationship that started on day one. I am not going to betray that trust and relationship. I just share this intimate conversations with the structure if the club and Christian obviously knows I am an important part of the club and my job is to share with the structure but to you, it is not for me to say. It is up to Christian to tell anything he wants to or not. Every time I play him, I think he shows clearly the quality he has and he tries to help the team when he’s on the pitch which is an important thing for me, independent of his future

[Mourinho said Lo Celso’s chance to add to that total won’t come on Sunday when Tottenham face Wolves in the Premier League] He’s our player. Our squad is not a big squad in numbers, and he will start for sure because It’s impossible to play all the time with the same players. It looks obvious the way Dele [Alli] is playing, Sonny [Son Heung-min]. In this moment they are one step ahead. I couldn’t hide from you that we have a few players one step ahead because of performance. So you want to be objective and ask if he starts Sunday, no he doesn’t

2019 12 14 Retrieve

[Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho compares Son Heungmin’s incredible solo goal with one [Ronaldo](ronaldo.html) scored during his time at Barcelona] I remember when I was at Barcelona with Mr. Robson and Ronaldo Nazario scored a goal that is similar to Son . And this was an amazing goal

2019 12 14b Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho has dismissed the notion of granting Harry Kane a rest during the festive period] It’s a sign of matches and matches. Am I going to give him a rest on December 26 as we have a match after two days? No, I’m not going to give [Kane] a rest. There are matches and matches

[He added on that kind of scenario being the only exception to the rule when it comes to selecting Kane] The Munich match was one of these ones when the result was secondary, but when the result is fundamental […] No.9 is Harry and Parrott. Parrott is a 17-year-old boy that played five minutes in the Premier League and we’ll give him more time. He needs more time to develop and so, yes, Harry is fundamental for us

It looks obvious the way Dele is playing, Sonny […] At this moment they are one step ahead. I couldn’t hide from you that we have a few players one step ahead because of performance. So you want to be objective and ask if he starts Sunday? No, he doesn’t. He’s our player. Our squad is not a big squad in numbers, and he will start for sure because it’s impossible to play all the time with the same players.

2019 12 15 Retrieve

[Mourinho highlights Tottenham unity in Wolves win] Sometimes football is strange. It could have been the same game but, without that goal, Wolves would be one point ahead of us and we would not be so happy. But a winning team starts with that mentality. The concept of a team is that base for a team that is capable of winning. This match is the perfect example of a match that only a team can win. You have to be a team. It’s one of these victories where quality is not enough. If you are not a team, a real team in the sense of what the word ‘team’ means, it’s impossible. They [Wolves] are very, very good. I said that before the match, and I say the same after the match. They are a very good team and very difficult to play against

[Paulo Gazzaniga made a key save at 1-1, repelling Romain Saiss’s goalbound header and earning praise from Mourinho] Magic hands. Again, it’s important in that situation. My father played in this stadium against Wolves in the UEFA Cup as goalkeeper. He was always telling me, a goalkeeper of a top team had to be different to the others because the goalkeeper of a top team doesn’t have 10 saves to make. You have one, but when the one comes, the magic hands have to be there, and Paulo Gazzaniga did it for us

2019 12 15b Retrieve

[Mourinho says he expected a tough game for his side] We knew the game was going to be difficult. They didn’t catch us by surprise. We had a very good start like we tried to. We almost scored a second goal but against Wolves that would not have killed the game. They are very strong. They use the sides, then the centre, very difficult in transition. Adama Traore and Diogo Jota are incredibly fast and difficult to stop. We coped with their spirit. At 1-1 they tried, Wolves are not a team satisfied with a point. We knew if we arrive in the last part we knew we could score. After that we had to close the door for the last five mins, three incredible points

2019 12 18 Retrieve

[Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho admitted last month that Christian Eriksen’s murky future with the club has led to him being dropped this season] My decisions about starting him or not starting, selecting or not selecting, will be based on a perspective of a future

2019 12 18b Retrieve

[As Real Madrid head coach, Mourinho took the mind game level up to 11 in the battle for supremacy with Barcelona and Pep Guardiola, even poking Barca assistant coach Tito Vilanova in the eye during a sideline kerfuffle] It’s not important how we play. If you have a Ferrari and I have a small car, to beat you in a race I have to break your wheel or put sugar in your tank

2019 12 20 Retrieve

[Mourinho looks forward to Chelsea clash] For me, it’s a game. I am 100 per cent Tottenham, 100 per cent my club always , all my career. No space at all for my previous clubs. I gave everything to all of them. Everything. I kept nothing.

I gave everything but they are my previous clubs. I give everything to my club - my club is Tottenham. It’s so easy for me to play that game. Difficult because of Chelsea’s quality but not difficult from an emotional point of view

2019 12 20b Retrieve

[Mourinho: I love Lampard but I hope he loses!] I don’t think so because our stadium is built in the way that our office is completely on the inside of our private headquarters. Until now I didn’t invite any managers to go there and I don’t think I’ll do that with Frank. But like I used to say, a big hug before the game and another after the game, that’s for sure, independent of results and who is happy. I think our feelings will be for ever. I’ll always be grateful to him for what he gave me as a player. Nothing is going to change that. I love the guy, I will always love the guy. I hope he loses on Sunday. I lost against Frank last year, I lost. I don’t get an extra buzz [from facing former players] at all.

It’s a collapse that keeps them fourth in the Premier League and still in the Champions League, playing an amazing knockout [last-16 tie] against Bayern Munich. If that’s a collapse, it’s not a bad collapse. They’re fine

[Mourinho also confirmed Tottenham’s club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele will be fit enough to play against Chelsea after being sidelined recently by a groin injury] He is a player with a lot of quality, just needs to be physically strong and mentally adapted to the Premier League. The French league is a completely different story, a completely different profile. But [he is a] fantastic talent so we are happy that he can help us

2019 12 20c Retrieve

[Spurs chairman Daniel Levy suggested this week the club would be open to selling Eriksen to a direct rival in January, but Mourinho is still hoping to keep the player] The only thing I tell you about Christian is that I would like him to sign a new contract. Apart from that, I don’t tell you anything else

[Asked if he wanted Vertonghen to follow Alderweireld’s lead too] Yes. I think a player will sign a contract when the club wants. I am the club. Mr Levy is the club. When the club wants, when the player wants, when the family wants, when the agent wants […] If one of these parts doesn’t want, it’s very, very difficult to happen, unless the player changes agent and gets an agent that also wants. So, when everybody wants. But again, the most important thing is what Toby said: ‘I couldn’t be happier in another place’. Amazing

[Spurs have repeatedly finished in the top four of the Premier League. Their last piece of silverware came under Juande Ramos in the 2007-08 League Cup, beating Sunday’s opponents and Mourinho’s former club Chelsea in the final] It’s better to be close than be far. If you don’t win, it’s better to be close to winning than far from winning. Tottenham was close to winning the league when Leicester City won, was close to winning the Champions League last year, was close to winning some cups I played the final of, the [League] Cup. We are going to try, of course we are going to try. That’s not my DNA, to be comfortable with ‘almost’. I never liked very much the ‘almost’. But in terms of progression, ‘almost’ is better than ‘far from’

2019 12 20d Retrieve

[Mourinho ‘100% Tottenham’ & has ‘no space’ for former clubs ahead of Chelsea reunion] I am 100% Tottenham. I am 100% my club always. No space at all for my previous clubs. I gave everything to all of them, but they are my previous clubs. My club is Tottenham so it’s so, so easy for me. Not difficult from the emotional side of things

My club is always the best club in the world, the best, the biggest in the world. Always my club, always

[Mourinho’s presence is considered to have contributed significantly towards the Belgian defender penning fresh terms] I believe little. When I read his comments what jumped out was he couldn’t see himself happy in another place. The only bit of influence I had is he knows my belief in him. He has played every minute of every match

[Mourinho said of the 32-year-old custodian] Hugo Lloris’s a champion. Not just a champion of the world but also a champion as a professional. Works very, very hard, very brave, accelerates processes, but there are limits of that acceleration of process with such an important injury. But he’s doing amazingly well. He’s working with a different group of people, since the physios, until the goalkeeping coaches, working really, really hard. It’s difficult to set up a date, I would say February. I probably would not be far from it and February goes from the 1st to the 29th this year

2019 12 20e Retrieve

[Mourinho takes sly dig at Arsenal’s Arteta appointment] The only point I can find, and it is for us to laugh a little bit, is that years ago the best managers were the guys with more victories and now the best is the guy with the fewest defeats. So, Ancelotti has three Champions Leagues, won the league in Italy, France and England and won cups here and there - but Ancelotti has lost, I don’t know, 200 matches? I have lost 150-180 - Carlo is a little bit older than me. I think now it is not about how much you won, it is about the matches we didn’t lose. So, probably the best managers now are the managers with zero defeats. The only reason I can understand is that they look through the CVs and see guys with more defeats and guys with less defeats, so guys with less defeats are given the job. I cannot find another reason

If you don’t win, it is better being close to winning than to be far away. Tottenham were close to winning the league when Leicester won, were close to winning the Champions League last season and close to winning the League Cup when I played against Tottenham. Of course, we are going to try [to take the next step]. It’s not my profile, or my DNA to be comfortable with ‘almost’. I never liked very much the almost

2019 12 21 Retrieve

[Quote on Zlatan] I don’t understand when people say he is a difficult guy to work with or a difficult personality. When you have somebody that is a winner and wants to win all the time, I think he is very, very easy. I only coached him for a year but it was a good year, a good experience and I rate him as one of the best players I have ever coached

2019 12 22 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho Speaking after the match] I don’t have much to say other than it’s something that saddens me. I hate racism in society, I hate racism in football

2019 12 22b Retrieve

[Mourinho makes light of Rudiger reaction following ‘strange’ Son red] I hope Rudiger will recover from broken ribs because he will have broken ribs for sure. If he does nothing and the referee immediately gives a yellow card to Rudiger then he won’t have a reaction. But if he doesn’t then you can have this sort of emotional reaction. which the referee and VAR has to analyse.

For me football is football, the Premier League will be English football and for me that red card is a strange one. But I don’t want to focus on that because my team lost and I have to be complimentary to my opponents because they had the better handle on the game

[The final minutes of the match were tainted by racist chants directed at Rudiger, which caused the Spurs PA system to issue three pleas for fans to desist] I saw nothing, I saw the referee follow the protocol, he came to [fourth official] Andre Marriner, he came to me and Frank Lampard and told us what was happening. The protocol was followed and we are one of the clubs […] every club is together on this situation and of course we are disappointed

2019 12 22c Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho says Chelsea triumphed thanks to Conte’s midfield system] They were better than us in the first half. It is not difficult for me to admit it. They played in a system they are very comfortable with. A system they played for two years with Antonio Conte. Lots of their players are very comfortable with it. Alonso, Azpilicueta, Kante, Willian, players very comfortable in this system.

They created problems for us in the first half, not problems of clear scoring situations but like you say, with the control they had. The game was basically in our half despite them not creating a lot. But in the end you are right and it’s easy for me to admit they were superior. But you look to the goals and they are not a consequence of any superiority.

The first goal is a short corner with a big mistake. We know how to defend short corners, we train how to deal with short corners. The players involved in the short corner solution were not focused. So you concede a goal with a short corner and you concede a goal with a penalty. So the goals didn’t come from that superiority, they came from mistakes.

Then in the second half we changed, we felt we needed to change and we had much more control and we were in our best period of the game and one goal would change the emotion of the game because the game on the pitch was already changed.

In the first half [the ball] was in our half and in the first 15-20 minutes of the second half we were much more in their half, the game changed. We were looking for a goal and instead of a goal comes a red card. Then the game obviously is easy for them to control with players technically good and one player more. Then it was more difficult.

2019 12 22d Retrieve

[The Portuguese is forecasting a quiet window ahead] I’m relaxed because I got this club exactly as I was expecting. I expect to be asked about Daniel Levy saying we don’t plan to spend a lot, and people to ask if I’m upset. Will that upset me? No. I knew it, he told me! Everything was crystal clear, no secrets in any of the club’s plans, and this makes me happy. I don’t like being at a club and being surprised by things. Here there are no surprises. Would I prefer to have £300m in January? I wouldn’t. In January I don’t need players

[The former Chelsea boss will face off against the Blues] There is never a good time to play Chelsea. The reality is we were 12 points off - the Champions League was almost a mirage, it was so, so far away - now it’s three. It would be amazing for us to win and reduce the gap from 12 to zero so quickly but it’s always difficult

2019 12 22e Retrieve

[Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho similarly offered a guarantee that his club will take action to investigate Rudiger abuse] I saw nothing. I saw the referee following the protocol, I saw the referee speaking with [Andre] Marriner [the fourth official], I saw the referee coming to me and to Lampard and telling us what was going on. Our club will deal with it. Every club is together on this situation and of course we are disappointed

2019 12 22f Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho rather unsubtly suggested that Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger made the most of his clash with Heung-Min Son that earned a red card for the Korean] I hope Rudiger will recover from broken ribs because he will have broken ribs for sure. If he does nothing and the referee immediately gives a yellow card to Rudiger then he won’t have a reaction. But if he doesn’t then you can have this sort of emotional reaction. which the referee and VAR has to analyse. For me football is football, the Premier League will be English football and for me that red card is a strange one. But I don’t want to focus on that because my team lost and I have to be complimentary to my opponents because they had the better handle on the game

[The final minutes of the match were tainted by racist chants directed at Rudiger, which caused the Spurs PA system to issue three pleas for fans to desist] I saw nothing, I saw the referee follow the protocol, he came to [fourth official] Andre Marriner , he came to me and Frank Lampard and told us what was happening. The protocol was followed and we are one of the clubs […] every club is together on this situation and of course we are disappointed

2019 12 22g Retrieve

[Mourinho left saddened by alleged Rudiger abuse] I’m in the game, I’m focused on the game, I’m too far from the area where it looked like the incident happened. I don’t have much to say other than it’s something that saddens me. I hate racism in society, I hate racism in football. I’m disappointed that things like that still can happen, but the referee stopped the game. He spoke to the players, he spoke to the captains, he spoke with the coaches. I was losing, I didn’t want the game stopped, but immediately when I knew the reason why it was stopped I obviously understood and accepted it. The club is also a very proud club in this kind of situation and the club also internally will try to delete it [racism]

No, no, no, no, I didn’t even know what was going on. I saw during the game Anthony speaking too much with players, in my opinion. Even on a situation that would sooner or later end in a penalty for us, he was speaking to players all the time. He was speaking too much, so when I saw him speaking with players and stopping the game I thought it was one more teacher talk. But then when he came to me and Frank to tell us what it was, it was very disappointing. You have to agree with every decision the referee makes, stopping the game and sending everyone home. I have no control over that. In this moment everyone is together because racism is a sad thing in society and a sad thing in football and still happens

2019 12 23 Retrieve

[The sheer domination enjoyed by Chelsea left Mourinho riled up in his post-match press conference, claiming Lampard is merely an Antonio Conte clone for using the 3-4-3 formation] In fact, I think Conte’s system was an incredible one that won the league with Chelsea

2019 12 23b Retrieve

[Mourinho pledges support to authorities as FA investigate Rudiger racism claims] [I’m] totally against racism in society and obviously against racism in my football world. I feel sorry every time something happens and I will always support any decision authorities make to that. It’s happening before, and what I fear is that it’s going to happen again in the future. That’s the problem. What I see is an evolution in the protocol I think that’s fine. At the minute they have the freedom to go to the referee to their managers, this is one step. One Tottenham fan is not Tottenham fans. Tottenham fans at least since I’m here, phenomenal supporting the team, respecting opponents. I’d ask them to be exactly the same, and look to the guy to the left and right, and to listen to guy behind me and in front of me and if anyone has any little manifestation to kill it immediately, that’s only thing I can ask for

2019 12 23c Retrieve

[Mourinho confirms Spurs will appeal Son Heung-min red card against Chelsea] The situation with Son, I think Mr Paul Tierney got it wrong. We are killing the best league in the world

[Mourinho went on to express his belief that society needs help to eradicate racism once and for all] I don’t know (how we sort out the problem of racism in football). The only thing I can say is to repeat that I am totally, totally against racism in society and obviously against racism in my football world. I feel very sorry every time something happens and I will always support any decision that the authorities make in relation to that. Society needs help. And then football is a micro-society. Do we need help? Yes. But society needs help. We need to eradicate any form of discrimination and this case we are talking about racism. Football and society needs help. It is happening before and I feel it is going to happen again in the future, that is the problem. What I see is an evolution in the protocol and that is fine. The players have the freedom to stop, to go to the referee, to go to their managers. This is one step and any decision that can be made by superior authorities I will support. I am anti-racist in all my areas

My message is that it’s not Tottenham fans. One Tottenham fan is not Tottenham fans. Tottenham fans since I’ve been here have been phenomenal, supporting the team, respecting opponents. Incredible behaviour. We went to Wolves and it looked like an invasion of Tottenham fans at Molineux. I go in my car to matches, busy street, no problems at all. Great discipline, great behaviour. If I have to say something it’s to the Tottenham supporters to keep doing what they’ve been doing with the team

2019 12 23d Retrieve

[Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has lambasted Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger for his role in Heung-min Son’s sending off in Sunday’s game between the sides, which his team lost 2-0] The focus should be on Antonio Rudiger and not on Son. In the Premier League I love there is no space also for what Rudiger did. Stand up and play, man. This is the Premier League. You go to Latin America, Portugal, Spain, Italy and that happens, it is a cultural thing, but not in the Premier League. And the moment we try to punish the reaction of some player - an insignificant reaction - and you let the other one go, then you become part of it. Come on, do you think Rudiger plays the next game? Or do you think he’s injured? I think he plays. And we speak about Son and don’t speak about him [Rudiger]

I hope Son is not punished five times. One time was the foul that Rudiger did on him. The second is to be sent off. The third would be not to play against Brighton. The fourth not to play against Norwich and the fifth not to play against Southampton. So I hope to be punished twice is enough, he doesn’t deserve for the third, the fourth or the fifth

2019 12 24 Retrieve

[Tottenham have failed in their bid to get Son Heung-min’s red card against Chelsea overturned] I hope Rudiger will recover from broken ribs because he will have broken ribs for sure. For me football is football, the Premier League will be English football and for me that red card is a strange one

The focus should be on Antonio Rudiger and not on Son. In the Premier League I love there is no space also for what Rudiger did. Stand up and play, man. This is the Premier League. You go to Latin America, Portugal, Spain, Italy and that happens, it is a cultural thing, but not in the Premier League. And the moment we try to punish the reaction of some player - an insignificant reaction - and you let the other one go, then you become part of it. Come on, do you think Rudiger plays the next game? Or do you think he’s injured? I think he plays. And we speak about Son and don’t speak about him [Rudiger].

2019 12 26 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho has criticised the hectic festive fixture list in the Premier League] I cannot imagine these boys, not just my boys, but the [Graham] Potter’s boys, how they can play in 48 hours. If you go to control the distances they run, the intensity, the breaks, if you are going to control that and if we are going to tell anyone who understands physiology, it is a crime that they are going to play football again on the 28th. It is against every rule of physiology, biology, biochemistry, every rule. But that is the way it is, even with three guys suspended. I think from the three, two of them are unfair, Sonny unfair, Winks unfair, I can only say Sissoko had a reason for the fifth yellow card. We have to go

I cannot say Tanguy Ndombele is injured, in five minutes we start a training session and you can go to the stands and watch it, he is going to be training normally so I cannot say he is injured. I can say that yesterday he told me he was not feeling in condition to play the game. Not based on injuries, based on fears of previous injuries that he has had since the beginning of the season. Feeling not ready to start the game, but I cannot say he is injured, I can say he is not in condition to start the game, which is different

2019 12 26b Retrieve

[Mourinho knows Eriksen’s plans] I know his future but I’m not going to be the one to speak about his future

2019 12 26c Retrieve

[Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho says he knows what Christian Eriksen is planning to do in the future] I know his future. Or I think I know his future. His communication with me is completely open and honest and we trust each other. I know his future but I’m not going to be the one to speak about his future. Have to him to speak about his future, when he makes the decision to speak about his future. Not me

My decision is he wants to help us that’s the reason why when I am in trouble, when I need a player with his qualities, I play him. And he was important today. Harry had a yellow card, we needed freshness, vision, fast passing and he was there for us. I’m pleased

2019 12 26d Retrieve

[Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho was left saddened over Christmas after the death of his dog] To be honest, it was very sad because my dog died and my dog is my favourite. So, very difficult, but we have to move on

[When asked about possible future transfer activity] I like the players very much. I like them as players, I like them as the human group they are. I’m really happy with them and want to give them all I have to give them. I want to improve them. I don’t think it’s fair to look at transfer windows and say I need windows. I don’t need transfer windows. I need time

2019 12 26e Retrieve

[Mourinho: Tottenham will never be kings of the transfer market] I am at Tottenham Hotspur. I know the profile of club, I know the project, I know the vision, I know the objectives and I know that in our transfer market we are going just to react to things that can happen to us in the market. If some player leaves we need to adapt to it. But we are never going to be the kings of the market, attacking important targets, fighting with clubs that are ready by their profile and philosophy to splash the cash and to go to the important targets. We need to do our things in an intelligent way, a creative way, and I repeat I like the players that I have. The more I work with them, the more I know them, the more I realise their qualities and their problems. I keep saying that I need time and this time is arriving. Not from yesterday until the 26th, or the 26th until the 28th. But in January, in February, we are going to have a little bit more time to try to improve it

[Their new manager is adamant he can fix the club’s issues at the back but is cautious of not hurting their attack in the process] I know how to do it, but to do it 100 per cent I am going to take away from the team some qualities that we want to keep. And then it is more difficult to do it because to play for a clean sheet and to put all the focus on the clean sheet, on the improvement of the defensive organisation and try to kill the mistakes that we make, that is not difficult to do. The difficulty is to do it with players that are the players they are, with the habits they have; the difficult thing is to put it right defensively without losing the qualities we can have offensively

2019 12 27 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho claims that he never expected to be offered an incredible project at Tottenham halfway through the season] In terms of the football, pure football, and pure football results, when a team changes manager in mid-season, there is always a reason. There is always a reason. When the teams are perfect, when a team is playing amazingly well and the results are fantastic, you don’t change managers. I was not expecting to get a team in mid-season and to find a perfect situation. Nobody expects that. [It’s] an amazing club, amazing facilities, amazing conditions to work. [It’s an] incredible project that the club has for the future development of the club. It’s exactly what Mr Levy explained to me. Exactly what I was expecting

[Mourinho is prepared to give everything to Tottenham’s cause] I am in the state of mind, of soul, of happiness, where I am ready to go all-in, which is 100 per cent commitment. It is only possible when you are happy with yourself, when you are happy with what surrounds you. I am happy, I give my 100 per cent, I give everything I can

[Mourinho insists that he is still getting to know his new squad] I need to understand the players, the persons. Not even the players, but the persons they are. I need time to understand that, you don’t know a person by a look, you don’t know a person by one week of work, and I work with so many different people that I just want, in this moment, to learn everything I can about them. If you speak with me in two years’ time, I will probably know them deeply. In this moment, everything is very superficial, and a very important part of the work is to try to know them the best I can

2019 12 27b Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho admits Tottenham may soon start to feel the effects of playing catch-up in the race for a top-four finish] I started with minus 12 here. Minus 12. With minus 12, you have to recover 12 points - that’s a lot. You can tell me, ‘A couple of days ago you were minus three and had a chance to go for zero,’ and you’d be right. But the problem is that during the recovery process you are not going to win all the time, and the other guys are not going to lose all the time. It is very difficult to get from 12, nine, eight, zero - it is very difficult to recover a distance of 12 points. We are minus three and have to try to be there. When we start next season with the same number of points, it is a different story. But for now it is hard, and the players are feeling it. So it is not easy, but we go for it

[Citing the 2006-07 Serie A campaign, the season after Juventus were relegated for their part in the Calciopoli scandal] Some teams started that season with minus points - minus six, minus 10, minus eight. They played until the end of the season and you could see how they were affected by the minus

2019 12 28 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho said his team are guilty of repeating the same mistakes after they drew 2-2 with relegation-threatened Norwich] I think the same defensive mistakes we made in the first half, we made in the second half. This is being a little bit of our history. We started very, very well and had three or four big chances at the beginning of the first half and conceded two very bad goals. Our defensive mistakes are match after match. I have lots of work to do but it has been difficult because I always say you have to try and hide your fragilities. We have to improve defensively because there are too many individual mistakes. That’s very frustrating because we play well and cannot be more offensive than we were in the second half. Norwich defended with their souls and their lives

I don’t want to speak about it. We are so open with one another. We keep it to ourselves. Obviously I share it with my boss. But it’s just between us. The only thing I can say is he is trying to help the team and I am happy with his man-of-the-match

2019 12 29 Retrieve

[Spurs star Ndombele impressed on his return to the squad as Mourinho’s Tottenham drew 2-2 at Norwich on Saturday] He played very well. We played without a positional player, no Winks, no [Eric] Dier and [Christian] Eriksen and Ndombele played so, so well. Totally in control, the football was so fluid, passing, movement, turning, never playing back passes, always getting the ball going forward and between the lines and looking for the wingers. Fantastic football

[Mourinho added that Erisken deserved to be named man of the match but that Ndombele was worthy of a special mention] I am happy with his man-of-the-match [award], but it could have been others. I think Ndombele was absolutely phenomenal

[A Serge Aurier own goal restored Norwich’s lead six minutes later, before Harry Kane rescued a point with an 83rd-minute penalty] We created from minute one to minute 90. We started the game creating chances and we finished the game creating chances. We started well then we had our 28th of December gift. Not Boxing Day but it was a gift on the 28th. Second half we played even better than the first half, really offensive, taking a lot of risks and dominating the game. We scored the equaliser and had 30 minutes to win the game and then gift number two

2019 12 31 Retrieve

[What Tottenham need in the January transfer window] I expect to be asked about Daniel Levy saying we don’t plan to spend a lot, and people to ask if I’m upset. Will that upset me? No. I knew it; he told me! Would I prefer to have £300 million in January? I wouldn’t. In January, I don’t need players

2019 12 31b Retrieve

[Mourinho frustrated by Tottenham defence but dismisses need for January signings] Four matches away, we won two, we lost one and we drew one. Is that better than before? Yes. Is that perfect? No. If you come [to Norwich] and we cannot create, Norwich dominates us. [Then] we have to defend, we defend well, we resist, you draw 0-0, maybe you have to admit [it is] a positive result.

The problem is the way you concede goals and the way you play. We go to [Manchester] United, the first goal is a bad goal to concede, we react, we equalise, we get to half-time at 1-1, the second half starts and we concede a ridiculous goal, too.

That is the problem. We play so well, we create so much and [we do not always win]. We have to improve. We concede too many goals and it’s very frustrating. If I was one of my attacking players, I’d be very frustrated that behind we are not able to stop it, so it’s frustrating. But it’s also a great feeling to know the team never gives up, that even in the most difficult circumstances, we go and we go and we go and we go and we go. So I want to praise that fantastic spirit

[Spurs were helpless to prevent certain set-piece shortcomings] In the beginning, we were conceding lots of goals on corners. We stopped that. The other day, we conceded against Brighton on a lateral free-kick. But in football, there are things that are very difficult to control. And when I am small and you are taller than me by 15 centimetres, there are things in football that are impossible. The only solution is when you select players and you make squads and teams, you select a majority of tall players to cope with the physicality of top football either in the Premier League or European competitions

[he reiterated when asked of transfer business] No, no. In January, we have a little bit more time to work, and we are going to try to improve

2020 01 01 Retrieve

[Blow for Tottenham as Kane limps off with apparent hamstring injury against Southampton] Harry Kane plays every minute, he plays all the time. It might be big, it might be small. For sure he will be out. Tanguy Ndombele, I don’t know. I imagine this is the tenth injury of the season. They stop him playing. It doesn’t give him continuity. We had three days between matches. Once more, he is out again

2020 01 01b Retrieve

[Mourinho admits he ‘clearly deserved’ yellow card after wandering into Southampton technical area and appears to glance at a paper displaying Southampton’s tactics] I was rude. But I was rude with an idiot. I clearly deserved the yellow card. I had bad words with the guy.

[Mourinho did fire some criticism towards the officiating, although he said that he was unsure about the particular incident, while pointing out a potential penalty claim involving Dele Alli] For me, at this moment, the referees are not the referees. VAR should be called video referees. Our goal I also don’t know but I confess that I didn’t watch it yet. What I know is that the Dele Alli penalty was a penalty

2020 01 01c Retrieve

[Mourinho reveals fears about Tottenham star Harry Kane’s hamstring injury] It is negative. For Harry to come out is negative. The hamstring is always negative. Is it a tear? Is it a small thing? Is it a spasm, a contraction? At this moment, I cannot say

[Mourinho felt Kane’s absence, with Son Heung-min suspended] The game was not easy. The second half was not easy. They were winning, they were defending, basically with 10 players, fighting hard, being aggressive, the good aggressive. There were lots of fouls, lots of stoppages. The ball boys were well coached in the delaying of the game. There was not much play. When we lose our target man Harry Kane, we know we don’t have the part of the game where we are normally more dominant. We play the last 15 minutes plus added time without a striker. That is even more difficult

[Mourinho was similarly downbeat on the fitness of club-record signing Tanguy , who was substituted just 25 minutes into only his 10th Premier League start] He’s always injured. He’s injured, he’s not injured, he plays one match, next week he’s injured, he plays another match, we are full of hopes. This is it since the beginning of the season. Of course, it is a concern. You think you have a good player, you think he is in an evolution process, he plays very well against Norwich City, you are full of hopes that today he is ready for it. And he is not ready for it. I cannot say much more than that. It’s a situation from the beginning of the season

2020 01 03 Retrieve

[Mourinho expects lengthy lay-off for Kane after hamstring blow] Maybe later today we have news, but if you ask me my feeling, good news or bad news, I am more on bad news than good news. Kane leaving a match the way he did it, he didn’t think twice, it took him two seconds to realise the severity of his situation. I think it’s too soon. I think one thing is potential and another thing is conditions to express potential and I think he needs time. Having minutes, being involved is one thing. Another thing is what you call the direct replacement. To be that he needs to work. The next step for him is to sign a new contract at the club long-term and then it is for everyone to decide what is the best for his development. In this club we care about our players. It is also to find the best pathway to develop. He’s 17 years old. I don’t think at the age of 17 it’s good for you to go on loan to a Championship club or to go abroad to another country. My feeling is it’s one thing when you are 20 if you need that step, another thing is when you are 17. When you are 17 you are a baby. Seventeen you just have to be in your father club where you feel at home, where you are at home, where you train and develop with the first team

2020 01 03b Retrieve

[When quizzed on Kane’s absence, the Portuguese head coach told reporters] I want to focus now on the players that are available. About Sonny, I just cried once, for the three matches he was not playing I avoided speaking about Son. Now Son is back I prefer to speak about Son than Harry

2020 01 03c Retrieve

[When asked to address Eriksen’s future ahead of Spurs’ FA Cup third-round tie against Middlesbrough on Sunday] I don’t know and I am being honest. You know the situation, in this moment he can agree with any club for the end of the season. That is one option. Another option is a club and himself want to do a deal in January, but in that situation, our club is in control. We have control of the situation. Another possibility is he stays. In this moment he is here, he is our player. I can say Harry Kane and Ndombele will not be at Middlesbrough, I can say Christian Eriksen will be at Middlesbrough

2020 01 05 Retrieve

[Mourinho says ‘beach ball’ hampered Tottenham in FA Cup draw at Middlesbrough] I think this ball is [a] beach ball. It’s too light. I don’t think it helps the players. But that’s not an excuse

[The Portuguese was also aggrieved as he felt VAR would have disallowed Fletcher’s goal for offside] Yeah because the Middlesbrough goal is offside. VAR would give [the offside decision]. The referee was not some guy in an office 200 miles away [today]

When we were losing 1-0 without strikers or the power to play inside their defensive line with lots of bodies and great soul, at that moment I had the feeling of ‘we are in trouble’. But then everyone reacted. I reacted. The boys reacted. Giovani Lo Celso and Erik Lamela helped us a lot. If one team has to win, it has to be us because we had so many chances. We missed easy last balls. We knew the way they play, long balls to the strikers. Because we have no striker I wanted to give Son and Lucas the chance to play together as a more dynamic double striker pair - different to Harry Kane. But Lamela and Lo Celso gave us more ball. We played well very in the last 20 minutes, we were just missing a second goal

We wanted to win but we knew it would be difficult. We managed to bring the game to our stadium. It’s a game we don’t need, our squad is short with so many problems - but it’s a game at home and we have to go for it. This is just the third round and the first for us. We could be out at this moment like a few other Premier League teams. Every match is difficult. Championship teams are getting closer to the level of Premier League teams. You could confuse a Premier League team and a Championship team. I wanted more but I cannot say I’m disappointed

2020 01 05b Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho said neither Lucas Moura nor Son Heung-Min are adequate replacements for injured striker Harry Kane after watching his Tottenham side draw 1-1 at Middlesbrough in the FA Cup] We have what we have and we stick with them. The boys did what they can. You cannot transform Lucas or Son in a number nine like Harry Kane. We changed things and took our risks. Our team in the last 30 minutes we didn’t even have a midfield player. We played with six attacking players without a striker. We took our risks

Sometimes the same way players are frustrated on the pitch, I was frustrated on the touchline. Everyone in the stadium had a real cup match. It was a difficult match. If football was about how many times you arrive in scoring positions, we would win by a huge score. 1-1 is not a disaster. We take the game home. We are in trouble with so many injuries. I took the players today that are available

2020 01 10 Retrieve

[Mourinho: Tottenham aren’t ‘transfer window kings’ like Liverpool or Chelsea] Liverpool needed a goalkeeper. They went to one of the three best goalkeepers in the world [Alisson Becker]. Boom. How many windows they needed to resolve that? One. But we have to do it in a different way. Amazing transfer windows, you need less time. Balanced transfer windows, you need more time and this is the profile [of Tottenham]. For me it’s about time, so more transfer windows [are needed] because we are not going ever to be the transfer window king

[Mourinho admitted that his success at Chelsea was at least partially down to the budget that club owner Roman Abramovich was able to afford him] Come on! That was quite simple. [Abramovich said] ‘Which central defender do I want?’ ‘That one […] thank you very much!’. At Tottenham, it’s a different challenge. You should look at it in a different way. If you tell the truth about Tottenham’s situation, it’s not a problem. For me, it’s very enjoyable. I was so happy to come to the club. One of the reasons I was so happy to come was because everything was crystal clear. Nothing was promised to me that in this moment, I can say: ‘Oh, it was not truth, I am very disappointed, we didn’t know.’ Everything was honest and clear and I’m giving to the club what I promised, so I don’t mislead [them] either. When I came, I didn’t expect Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko, Ben Davies to be out with injuries. But it doesn’t change my approach to the situation

2020 01 10b Retrieve

[Mourinho reveals Hugo Lloris and Ben Davies will return for Tottenham before end of January] The good news is that before the end of the month we have two new players, Hugo Lloris and Ben Davies. This is good news. Lloris never played a game for me, Ben played one, and very, very well in a system we were trying to develop, which was only possible with him because he’s the one left-back that can play in that inside position, as Danny Rose is a pure left-back, Jan Vertonghen is not a left-back and Ryan Sessegnon is learning how to be a left-back. So, Ben is very important for our project. So, it’s good news

[Lloris’ return] is very important. He’s the captain with Harry. We lose one, it’s nice to recover the other. The experience, the way he plays, speaking - it’s very important for a goalkeeper to play and speak at the same time. We have a goalkeeper that’s doing his best and we have confidence in him. For Hugo to be back after such an important injury is good and it opens space in the medical department. Some people are leaving the medical room, some people are coming in. Is there an area in the medical department with a plate saying Hugo Lloris? Because he’s there every day for the past three months

2020 01 10c Retrieve

[Mourinho hopeful Levy can find Tottenham transfer solution amid Moussa Dembele & Krzysztof Piatek links] Even the coaches without injuries, without problems in the squad, the coaches with the best squads - let’s say Jurgen [Klopp, Liverpool manager], with the best team, with amazing players and an amazing squad, he was happy to get a new player [Takumi Minamino].

We [managers] are all the same, but the reality is when I came here two months ago, I knew the situation. I didn’t know that of course I was going to be without Kane and Moussa for so long, but I knew that the situation was about trying to get the best out of the players we have, and that doesn’t change, so I’m focused on the work, the game.

If the boss [Levy] arrives with a solution that can help us to face these difficult months that we are going to have ahead of us, so be it, that’s welcome, but if we don’t find the right solution, right opportunity, then we are going to wait for the next summer to make the right decisions for the evolution of the team. January is a strange market, it’s not an easy market to be in. It’s a market of opportunity, a market where an opportunity arises and you have the conditions to do it or you do not do it. We have to be calm and not think about the market - let the market think about us

[Kane is not expected to be back in training again until April] Kane is important, irreplaceable. There’s no player who can replace him, and Moussa was playing so well since I arrived, one of our best performers. The bad news is that it’s not just a couple of weeks then they’re back, it’s surgery and a long, long time [out]. If you allow me, I would like to not speak about Kane and Moussa until they are back, so let’s try talking about everything to do with them today.

It’s normal everyone wants to speak about Harry, but I don’t want to speak too much because then I’ll get depressed and then you are going to say I’m miserable and depressed and in a bad mood, so it’s better to talk about things that make me laugh

2020 01 11 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho claims he won’t ask Tottenham to sign a new striker after Harry Kane injury] I think (Tottenham chairman) Daniel Levy today is proud of the players because of what the players did. He’s proud of one kid [Japhet Tanganga] that’s come from the academy and showed the world he is a new player for the Premier League level. And Daniel Levy always tries to do the best for the club and he’ll do what he thinks is the best and what he thinks is possible

2020 01 11b Retrieve

[Mourinho confused by VAR after Liverpool defeat] I didn’t watch [the replay]. What I saw is 200% that the throw in for the start of the goal was our throw. I am confused with VAR because of that

[Mourinho believes his side did not deserve to lose the clash against the Premier League leaders] This is football. Sometimes you get more than you deserve. Sometimes you get less. This was an occasion when we got nothing when we deserved something. This is the best team in the world against a team in a difficult moment, with injuries, in a difficult part of the season. The boys were fantastic when we tried to change and create problems

Apart from the result, I think there were so many positive, but sometimes football is cruel and today was one of these days. The boys gave absolutely everything and Liverpool, on top of being a fantastic football team, today they can say they are a lucky team.

We created chances and we started creating these chances when we felt the game was completely under control. When Liverpool have games broken is when they kill opponents, we never let that happen, we were very, very solid. Then we felt that we had to have a real go with players like [Erik] Lamela, who hasn’t started a game for three or four months.

We put everything in, a fantastic effort and great individual performances. For some players, individually, it was their best performance since I arrived. Absolutely, good, good, good performances. We did what was possible to do. I think we deserve much more than this frustration for the result, but I’m proud of the boys.

The only frustration from the game is that we conceded the goal from a throw-in and yesterday we spent half an hour on defensive throw-ins. I don’t know if the boys were disappointed that the throw-in was our throw-in and became theirs. I don’t know if there was a couple of seconds were [players thought] ‘it’s my ball and now there’s a throw-in against me’. But that one is a bit of a frustration, apart from that they were fantastic. Without a striker we managed to create situations and arrive in very dangerous situations

[Mourinho gave 20-year-old Japhet Tanganga his first Premier League appearance against the Reds] I think in spite of the result, a bottle of champagne for him, for everyone at the academy who has worked with him in these years of his formation. I’m really proud of the kid and I know everyone at the club is happy because he showed great composure and very good personality. To play against Sadio Mane is not the same as playing in the Under 19s or 20s and the kid was very, very good so a game for him to remember, of course a result to forget

[Spurs are nine points behind fourth-placed Chelsea after 22 games] It is possible to talk about top four when you start the season on zero points. But it is hard to talk about it when you start at minus 12 (the number of points behind fourth place Spurs were when he took charge)

2020 01 11c Retrieve

[Mourinho explains decision to start youngster Tanganga against Liverpool] That’s Tottenham. He’s a good kid, working hard for years with a good pre-season from what we watched and analysed. [He has been] working hard to have a chance and this is Tottenham, it’s a great chance for him. He’s fast, he’s very fast. We think we need fast people when you play against Salah, Mane and people who are fantastic attacking spaces behind. We need speed, so maybe we use inexperienced [players], of course we have more experienced players than him, but he’s fast

[Tanganga’s contract will expire at the end of the campaign] I think the club is always interested in these young players. Going on loan, not going, staying, the club is always worried about them, so I presume that Tanganga will be a player to sign a new contract yes

2020 01 12 Retrieve

[Mourinho proud of Spurs despite loss to ‘best team in the world’] I think we tried everything. We are speaking about probably the best team in the world at the maximum of its potential. Even in conditions [where they had] to play a big FA Cup match with a second team - and we are a team with the difficulties you know [about]. In spite of that, I think we deserved more than what we got. I have only reasons to be proud of the players

Liverpool has worked with this coach for about five years. The players are totally adapted physically to the football that he wants to play. And this is a very, very important thing because sometimes when people speak about physical condition the important thing in football is that the physical condition in adapted to the way the team wants to play. And they are. If we try to play the way we did in the last 20 minutes, if we tried to play that way from the beginning, I think we would collapse

2020 01 12b Retrieve

[Mourinho: Now Sadio Mane & Salah Mohamed Salah who Japhet Tanganga is!] The last thing I want to do after this performance is to speak about [buying new] players. I think it is a way to show respect to these guys, not to speak about new players. Can we say Tanganga is a new player? He had never played a match for Tottenham in the Premier League. Today he played and today he proved that he can play for us

It’s a pity that he’s not a striker! It’s a pity that he’s not a midfield player, but he is one more player that we have. I think Mane and Salah, they know who Tanganga is [now]. They didn’t know before the game. I think when they saw the list [of players], they thought, ‘Oh, what position does this guy play?’ I think now they know. The kid was really good. So instead of speaking about, crying about Harry Kane and Sissoko and Lloris and Ben Davies, let’s smile with Tanganga

2020 01 13 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho says Christian Eriksen has not been at his best for Tottenham in recent weeks] If you ask me if I think this is the best Christian Eriksen I have to be honest and say no. If you ask me if I know the reasons, I am not an idiot. I’m not blaming or criticising the player, I am just saying it is normal that a player in this situation doesn’t perform at the highest level, but I can also say that he is helping us in matches that he is playing with us.

Eriksen had positive performances, he had positive contributions. If remember the game against Olympiacos which was a fundamental match for us to qualify, we were losing 2-0 and he came to the game and he gave us things. Same against Norwich, very good performance. I also think the same as probably you think and probably what our fans thought in the game. He didn’t have a very good performance in the game against Liverpool, I have to agree with that

[Mourinho went on to praise 20-year-old defender Japhet Tanganga for his impressive senior debut against the Reds] The positives were a team in a very difficult situation playing as a team, playing against the best team by far in the country. For long periods of the game, we were not inferior and for some periods we were the strongest team.

A debut of a young kid from the academy, English, against people like [Mohamed] Salah and [Sadio] Mane, who are obviously in the group of the top players in the world, good empathy from players and supporters, which is not easy when the season is not a good season and the result is even a defeat.

I saw the best Davinson Sanchez, the best [Toby] Alderweireld, I saw the best level of focus and concentration from the players. Of course, we have some limitations but we know that, but in very difficult circumstances, the game was a good game

2020 01 13b Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho has hinted that Harry Kane may not play again this season as the England striker continues his recovery from a hamstring injury] News on Harry, we don’t have and if you ask me every time we come here the answer will be the same. We expect him to be out until mid-April, end of April, May, next season. I don’t know.

[Mourinho was coy when asked for an update on any deal for Gedson Fernandes’s 18-month loan from Benfica] I am waiting for news, but when I say I am awaiting news - it can come yes or no. I’m more worried about Middlesbrough than the market. With the rules, even if we get the player you cannot play him in a replay. So in this moment I am not interested in Gedson or any other players who could come

2020 01 14 Retrieve

[Mourinho: Tottenham have to be pragmatic to try and build something] It helps to [always] have the mentality to win the next match. It doesn’t matter which competition it is, how many injuries we have or what you’re trying to be. To have imagination, to be creative, to try to build something that can make you believe you can win the match, just like we were convinced we could beat Liverpool, that’s the way you create a winning mentality. You go for every game and you try, even if you have to be more strategic than philosophical. Philosophical is when you follow a certain philosophy and everything is in place to follow it. But another thing is when you’re in trouble and you have to be pragmatic, creative and try to build something. That’s what we did against Liverpool

[Speaking ahead of an FA Cup third-round replay against Middlesbrough on Tuesday night] You have to try to give the players that winning mentality even when you are in a difficult situation like we are. And that’s what we want to do. So [on Tuesday] we try again, we try to win again. I think by the reaction of the fans against Liverpool, they understood that the players did everything in that game and they didn’t get what they deserve. For a team that loses a match, it’s a very good feeling

[Mourinho went on to recall how his side performed in a 3-2 victory over West Ham on November 23] You can talk about philosophy or you can talk about trying to achieve the maximum you can. And you can try to do both at the same time which is what I tried to do since day one. I had two days of work and I think against West Ham we showed by glimpses - without that dynamic and autonomism - what we wanted to create. In this moment, it’s difficult. So let’s fight

2020 01 14b Retrieve

[Tottenham boss Mourinho delighted to see Japhet Tanganga repay his faith] I trust him. I know the way he can read the game and learn. He absorbs all the information. He is not that kind of modern kid who is worried with pathways, the pathways it to work hard and take the opportunity which he did. Now people know how good he is

2020 01 14c Retrieve

[Mourinho says he’s ‘not jealous’ of Liverpool or Man City squads] Come on, it is what it is. We cannot have a squad like some other teams. It’s not us. I was watching Man City [against Aston Villa] and I looked to the bench - [Raheem] Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Ilkay Gundogan, Nicolas Otamendi. You know? Liverpool, you see the team, you see the bench. And they have injured Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren, Naby Keita, Fabinho. I’m not jealous, I have an amazing job, but they are different jobs. This is a different club

It is the second time I get a team mid-season, just the second time. The first time was also not easy because it was the end of a team, the end of an era. It was an era without titles. Porto was not winning but it was the end of… I don’t want to say of a generation but it was the end of a team in the end of a season.

Twelve players out, twelve players in, start everything from the beginning. Forget the good things of the past, forget the bad things of the past and let’s build from new. That is my experience in Porto coming in the middle of the season

2020 01 15 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho said Christian Eriksen should hold his head high if he leaves Spurs amid growing links to Inter] He played very well. Played very well, very professional which is what I expect from him. If his decision is to leave, I think he has to leave with his head up, if he gives everything which is what he tries to do for the team. Fans, it’s always to respect, we have to respect but I think the boy did it for us today

[Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes is reportedly close to arriving on loan from the Portuguese giants] No news. I didn’t want to know anything during the day. During the day it was just about the game. He doesn’t have news for me so nothing

2020 01 16 Retrieve

[The Portuguese insisted that he would not badger his boss, Levy, to sign a replacement for the England captain as the chairman always acts in the interests of the club] Daniel Levy always tries to do the best for the club and he’ll do what he thinks is the best and what he thinks is possible

2020 01 17 Retrieve

[Tottenham boss Mourinho slams old nemesis Antonio Conte over Inter’s Eriksen pursuit] I think Antonio, I think Antonio. I think it was publicly. He is very positive that Eriksen is coming to Inter. We shouldn’t speak about players from other clubs until they become our players. You ask me about Gedson [Fernandes, Spurs’ new signing from Benfica] since the moment Gedson’s name was on the screen and I told you nothing [until he signed].

You protect everybody. Is it a question of respect? I don’t want to give you a headline. That’s up to you. If Inter are confident, they are confident because they are ready to make us an offer, which didn’t happen yet. So when I see people speaking, especially people with responsibilities, I am a little bit surprised

This is not my Inter. I have no connections with the people [running the club] so I think it’s nothing to do with that. Nothing can change my feeling with Inter. It’s not a situation with a player that is going to change my feeling with the club and the fans. No chance

2020 01 17b Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho offers no specifics when asked when Hugo Lloris could be back in action for Tottenham] I told [you] one month ago, I said February. So, the normal thing is February. If you ask me late February or early February, at this moment I go more for early. Things are going well. He’s getting his confidence back, he’s training so I would say he’s one of our new players in the January transfer window

[One new player Spurs have already brought in is midfielder Gedson Fernandes, who joined on an 18-month loan from Benfica with an option to buy] This weekend they can expect him to be involved, starting or not but for sure involved in the team. When you get players in January, normally it’s because you need [them]. And we need [him] because we lost important players for a long time so we need his contribution. Young player, yes, just arrived in a new country, yes, but at the same time he has experience of playing for a big club. He has played already big matches, for instance Bayern Munich and Galatasaray away in the Champions League, Europa League quarter-finals, so he’s used to a high level of stress, pressure, responsibility. He’s a kid that can play different positions in midfield, even wide on the right if we need. We got him for his multi-functionality. He’s what I used to call a special loan. He’s not a three-month loan and goodbye. [It’s a] one-and-a-half-year loan when he’ll have time to develop, and who knows if he doesn’t stay here for a number of years

2020 01 17c Retrieve

[Mourinho unaware of Eriksen bid but does want a new striker at Spurs to cover for Kane] You have to ask the agent and Inter because they know more than me. If they are confident it is because they are ready to make us an offer, which didn’t happen yet. When I see people speaking, especially people with responsibilities, it makes me surprised. He is trying to do his best and it is normal until January 31 his brain is not totally focused. It is a normal consequence of the situation. I still don’t understand that optimism. For a few matches people are saying he is playing his last game. Eriksen plays tomorrow [against Watford].

[Mourinho after able to get a new deal for Toby Alderweireld since taking charge at Tottenham] I told you when I arrived we had three players in situation of ending contracts, and the one that was easy to resolve was where everybody wanted the same. The player, the agent, the club. Let’s see what happens

Do we need a striker? Yeah, if possible, yes. But it has to be a positive situation for us, so in this moment we have attacking players that are very good. [Heung-min] Son, Lucas [Moura], [Erik] Lamela, [Giovani] Lo Celso, Dele Alli - of course they are very good, but we miss that target man. So if it’s possible, we are doing everything possible and it’s not easy but we are trying to add that player to the squad.

[Mourinho conceding that Argentina international Lo Celso is set to see a loan move from Real Betis made permanent] I imagine yes, I think it is something that comes from the summer. There are some loans that they have the opportunity to be in control of the situation like is happening with Gedson [Fernandes]. There are some emergency loans and there are other loans where the objective is to be in control of the future of the player without any need of further negotiations. I think Giovani is going to stay with us

2020 01 18 Retrieve

[Mourinho: Goal-line technology doesn’t make mistakes like VAR] That’s how it is. I know it was only a couple of millimetres but goal-line technology doesn’t make mistakes like the VAR make, so we have to accept that by two millimetres it was not a goal. There were various decisions but I leave that for the pundits, I leave that for the referees’ specialist to do. I prefer not to speak more than what I did.

Tottenham’s performance, separate from referee and VAR decisions, because I prefer not to comment, Tottenham’s performance was good. We started very well and immediately we had a [dangerous] situation after a couple of minutes. We were very dominant in the first half until they had what they always have, which is that period when they start winning more second balls, they put long balls in the box, they had one or two crosses, one or two set-plays. It’s impossible to always be dominant against them

In the second half I think the game was more 50-50, we weren’t as dominant as we were in the first half. We tried with the ammunition we have in the last period to bring energy and more depth from midfield with Gedson, with more vision, more quality from Eriksen. As you said, we were two millimetres from winning the match

[Mourinho details his tactics in trying to overcome a stubborn Watford side without Harry Kane] The window is open. It can happen, it might not happen. For me the important thing, again, so many positive things from the team, a good competitive attitude. We arrived here without a part of the back four. We played without one single defensive [midfield] player. Winks is a link player and after that Dele Alli is an offensive player, [Giovani] Lo Celso, Lucas [Moura], [Heung-min] Sonny - and no striker.

[We had] no defensive [midfield] players so we tried to go in the direction of control, control possession, play behind them, play between the lines, [create] overloads in some areas with players with quality and we had so many opportunities to create situations in the last third.

Defensively we were okay. We were in a difficult situation because, as I used to say, it’s impossible to press a ball that goes in the air. They went long and we had to adapt. I don’t think Tottenham is - or was - a very good team at adapting to this kind of football. The boys behind, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Serge Aurier, Japhet Tanganga, they did a good job for the team. We won lots of second balls in front so we were quite comfortable in a difficult game

2020 01 18b Retrieve

[Mourinho vows not to panic in the transfer market] If it’s possible yes, if it’s not possible no. We all know, we all want the best for the team, the best for the club. That is obvious. But we have to do things when it is possible to do, it is the right thing to do. This is not the last match of Tottenham’s history. Next Wednesday we have another one, next season we have many more. We have to be calm, be loyal to these boys, respecting everything they are trying to do. If it happens it happens, if it doesn’t happen it doesn’t happen. But good feelings, not a good result but good feelings with the boys

I promised I did not want to speak about the boys that are not playing and I have to try. But you know how important they are for us. It is not easy. Again, this is a kind of game, I am not saying we would win, but it is the kind of game where you have a goalscorer, where you have a guy who smells goals, probably you win it.

You feel the same when you see the Liverpool game, in the last 20 minutes how many times we just need a tap-in. That missing link is there. But we are doing our work. We all know. Injuries, it is the Christian Eriksen situation, we have our problems. But in this game and the game against Middlesbrough - okay you can say it is a Championship team but at this moment there is no big difference between the Premier League and Championship - I think we showed good things. This organisation, this commitment, the intensity is going higher, the creation is there. I am happy with lots of things we did in the last few games.

2020 01 21 Retrieve

[Mourinho: Cavani? Maybe PSG could send Mbappe to Spurs on loan!] I’m the kind of guy who refuses to speak about players from other clubs, [even though] some managers they are happy to do it. I have a very good relationship with Mr Nasser Al-Khelaifi [PSG president] and Mr Leonardo and I want to keep that great relationship. Good relationships are based on respect and I’m not going to speak about a player from Paris Saint-Germain. Unless you want a joke and, if they are my friends, they could send Mbappe on loan? More than that, I have nothing else to say.

[Mourinho also poured cold water on a reported rift between himself and full-back Danny Rose] I don’t know what you mean by tension in the air. I don’t have any problem with Danny Rose. My relationship with my players is good. I love to work with my group, and that’s it. No [disagreement] between me and Danny. His performance against Liverpool was not phenomenal. And then the Thursday before Watford, Thursday late evening, I got a call from my medical staff saying that Danny was calling them with a problem in his back and he wouldn’t train the next day - so Friday, the day before the game. It was a bit of a surprise that on the Friday he was ready to train, so it wasn’t a big problem. I receive a written report every day from my medical department, and in this case because it was too late, it was 9/10pm so it was a telephone call. My medical department knows that for my preparation of the next training session it’s very important for me to know which players are fit

2020 01 21b Retrieve

[Danny Rose was not happy with being left out of the squad to face Watford on Saturday. Mourinho’s official reason was that the left-back was not in the best shape after struggling with a minor back injury] Yeah, he is part of my plans. We made a decision to bring only fit players to a match [against Watford] that we knew was going to be physical

2020 01 21c Retrieve

[Mourinho rubbishes rumours of Danny Rose row and offers Ndombele injury update] My relationship with my players is good. I love to work with my group, and that’s it. No [disagreement] between me and Danny

I don’t know what you mean by tension in the air. I don’t have any problem with him. His performance against Liverpool was not phenomenal. And then the Thursday before Watford, Thursday late evening, I got a call from my medical staff saying that Danny was calling them with a problem in his back and he wouldn’t train the next day - so Friday, the day before the game. It was a bit of a surprise that on the Friday he was ready to train, so it wasn’t a big problem. I receive a written report every day from my medical department, and in this case because it was too late, it was 9/10pm so it was a telephone call. My medical department knows that for my preparation of the next training session it’s very important for me to know which players are fit

[Mourinho expects Tanguy Ndombele to play some part against the relegation-threatened Canaries] When you look at when he played, he offers us something we need. Last week he worked one-on-one with a fitness coach to bring his level up before joining the group. Hopefully he can give us something tomorrow

2020 01 22 Retrieve

[Mourinho bemoans striker shortage as Willian Jose talks continue] It is a very important victory for us against a difficult opponent. We suffered in the second half and we only have ourselves to blame. We are in a situation when I have to think, think, think. I look to the bench and we don’t have attacking players. I had to take off Erik Lamela because of fatigue but we showed an incredible reaction to score a second goal. When Chelsea want to win, they bring on Michy Batshuayi. When Manchester City want to change Gabriel Jesus, they bring in Sergio Aguero. We are so, so unlucky with injuries. We get back Hugo Lloris and we lose Harry Winks. It’s incredible

Everyone at the club wants to give the best conditions to the team but we think every day and communicate every day. We have to be calm

2020 01 24 Retrieve

[Mourinho says Tottenham’s winter break is in the wrong moment] It is what it is. I am not happy that the break comes in the wrong moment because the break should be before the Champions League. In the end before the Champions League we don’t have the break. We have to play Aston Villa on the Sunday before playing Red Bull [Leipzig] two days later. We really don’t care about the break really

[Mourinho says his team would deal with having an extra game added to their fixture list because they would stil be able to win the tournament] If we have to play Southampton in a second match it means we are still alive in the competition and it is better than losing. If we can choose a result, the one we are going to try to get is of course to win the match, if we get a draw we are still alive. To play at home in the second match is better than to lose

[While Parrott is not yet ready to fill the shoes of Kane, Mourinho hinted the Republic of Ireland international could get an opportunity in the first team against the Saints] If [Parrott] has to play with us, he will. He will do his best, he will show his good qualities, he will show his fragilities because at this moment he is a 17-year-old kid with fragilities in his game. But in this moment I cannot tell you, it is possible he is selected for this game

2020 01 24b Retrieve

[The timeframe for Harry Kane’s recovery is set at three months] We expect him to be out until mid-April, end of April, May, next season. I don’t know

2020 01 25 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho is becoming increasingly frustrated by the Christian Eriksen transfer saga at Tottenham] I just want to say that this situation shouldn’t happen on the 25th of January. And it is not Tottenham’s fault that on the 25th of January we are in the situation. The only thing I can say is Eriksen, since I arrive, he is behaving in a very, very professional way, with me and the team. Tottenham is the last one to blame for this situation, but to be on the 25th of January in a situation like this is not nice

[Mourinho concedes that Tottenham are likely to take up a purchase option in Giovani Lo Celso’s loan deal] It’s not an obligation, it’s an option. I think the boy is earning the decision. He’s making an easy decision for the club to execute the option. Incredible evolution since I arrived. Barely played a game, I think he played against Red Star Belgrade, with me a little bit difficult to come in the first few weeks. But he understood what we wanted. Good learner, good kid and I think by himself he made the decision that the club is going to execute the option. That’s normal, he earned it

[Mourinho was also quizzed on Danny Rose’s future] I don’t know. I don’t know. Not injured [today]. My decision

2020 01 28 Retrieve

[Tottenham have taken up their £27 million ($35m) purchase option on Giovani Lo Celso and handed him a contract through to 2025] It’s not an obligation, it’s an option. I think the boy is earning the decision. He’s making an easy decision for the club to execute the option. Incredible evolution since I arrived. Barely played a game, I think he played against Red Star Belgrade, with me a little bit difficult to come in the first few weeks. But he understood what we wanted. Good learner, good kid and I think by himself he made the decision that the club is going to execute the option. That’s normal, he earned it

2020 01 31 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho does not anticipate any more arrivals at Tottenham in the January transfer window] I am not expecting. The market is open so anything can happen but I’m not expecting. I’m happy [with the squad] but the next question will be: ‘And a striker?’ I have to answer yes, it would be better with a striker. Yes, we would need a striker to have a better squad to face the great challenges in front of us in three different competitions. But we want to do things not to resolve the problems of today or tomorrow but things that are also good for the future.

For example, Steven Bergwijn - I prefer to say Stevie - is the kind of player that is good for now but also good for our future, the direction we want to go. With the difficulties of the market in January, it was really hard to find the striker that is good not just to resolve the problems of today but also the future of the team. So probably we’re not going to do it.

I cannot hide. If I say it’s easy to play three competitions without a striker, I’m going to lie. I cannot lie. You know that’s important for us. If it’s not possible, its not possible. For me the great thing is that we’re all together on this in the club. There’s nobody to blame and say you didn’t do your job well or you could do better than you did. Not at all.

Again we don’t want a striker to just help us now, to be useful for us. We want a striker to be good for our future, possible to play with Harry Kane together in the future. And with the difficulties of the market, it was very, very difficult to find [one].

To find a winger that fits in our way of playing - young, creative, enthusiastic with a lot of [room to] develop - that can also create a connection with the fans because we know what the Tottenham fans want. We found with Stevie this profile of player. It’s not the perfect situation but it’s where we are.

The good things for me are always the feelings, the positive feelings - and we’re together on this. As a team we have to face the rest of the season the way it is and give everything we can to have the best possible results.

[When asked about speculation surrounding Bale, Mourinho was dismissive] I thought you were going to ask about Aguero or Gabriel Jesus but you ask about Bale. If you want to talk about Man City, I’m here. if you want to talk about the market, I’ve nothing more to say. I honestly feel we’re not going to sign another player until the end of the market but while the market is open, it’s open.

2020 02 01 Retrieve

[Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho interviews himself in his pre-match press conference for the game against Manchester City on transfer deadline day] First question: Are you expecting any players until the end of the [transfer] market? First answer: No. Let’s move, second question: Are you happy with your market? Yes I am. Third question: Don’t you want a striker?

2020 02 01b Retrieve

[Mourinho opens up on reasons behind Eriksen’s Spurs exit] For a long time, we knew. We didn’t tell because of a moral agreement with him but from the first day I arrived, he told me he was not going to sign. So then it was an experienced and intelligent way for me and Mr. [Daniel] Levy to manage the situation.

For me, to try to have still a player without great motivations but still a player with a good sense of professionalism and respect for the club to give us what he could. And Mr. Levy on the business side managed to do a great deal with six months on his contract.

I tried to persuade Toby [Alderweireld to sign a new deal] when Toby told me he was having some doubts but Christian told me the decision was made and no way [did I try to persuade him]. From that moment, I was just trying to build the team without him.

That was the reason why I didn’t play him many, many times. At the same time, Christian being a good professional and having respect for the club and his teammates I knew that with some limitations - there are always limitations with a player in his situation - that until his last day he tried to help the team and be a positive guy in the dressing room, which he was

[Mourinho went on to highlight Eriksen’s professionalism once more] Christian would always give us some of his talent until the end of the season. He is a good professional, respect to the club, respect to the dressing room, if he stayed here I think he would always give us something. But Mr. Levy managed to get an important transfer fee that was used to buy a 21-year-old player like Steven Bergwijn. So, Mr. Levy did fantastic for the club

2020 02 02 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho insists Raheem Sterling should have been sent off in the first half of Tottenham’s win over Manchester City on Sunday] I am so pleased for the boys. We were a bit lucky in a couple of situations, but the other perspective very, very unlucky the VAR did not decide for a Raheem Sterling red card. It was a clear red card and completely different game if we played for 75 minutes against 10 men. I see other situations where the decision is red. The red card of Son Heung-min against Chelsea. The boys were phenomenal. The save was fantastic, God’s will because it was not a penalty

[Mourinho added on Bergwijn’s stunning opener] So sharp. Unstoppable for a great goalkeeper

[Mourinho played down the significance of the win though] It is going to be difficult. We are in three competitions. But it was a good weekend for us

2020 02 02b Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho says that he has only positive feelings for rival Pep Guardiola despite all of the heated battles between the two over the years] It’s a pleasure to get three points in a match where we knew it would be very difficult. I have better feelings for Pep than you can imagine. We worked together for three years

Only [VAR] Kevin Friend can explain why it was not a red card [for Raheem Sterling]. He has the chance to watch again. That decision would change the game. It would probably not be such an enjoyable game, one team with one player more for an hour is a big advantage. I think it’s a clear red card

With a few draws of people in the same area of the table as us, it was very important to get three points. We still have an eye on fourth. It was a match where you know the quality of the opponent. You want to win, but you can lose. I’m delighted with the boys

2020 02 03 Retrieve

[Mourinho gushes over Steven Bergwijn’s debut at Spurs] It was a debut goal that was the icing on the cake of a very good performance. Independent of the goal, I would say his performance was very good, very solid, very mature. We worked hard during the week. He came to us Tuesday, so he had a complete week to work and to try as fast as possible to understand what we wanted from him. It was a very solid performance against such a difficult opponent like Kyle Walker, but then he was clever enough to appear also in other zones and try to create some problems for City. Defensively, very aware of his position, defending zonal, covering spaces. So very, very good and then of course the goal is a great goal, so important for us

2020 02 04 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho says he has not yet had chance to personally inform Victor Wanyama that he is not part of Tottenham’s Champions League squad] I feel safer by having Michel on the list. I don’t want the risk of losing Paulo or Hugo. Victor is from a position where we have lots of players - Harry Winks, Eric Dier, Oliver Skipp, Gedson Fernandes.

[Asked how Wanyama took the decision] He’s been ill for three days. I haven’t seen him and I didn’t have the chance to tell him. When he is back, I will try to explain

We got a very good player in Steven Bergwijn and a good kid with good potential to develop in Gedson. I would say we also lost a fantastic player, because people cannot judge Christian for the last season alone. He has to be judged for six seasons where he showed at the club and the Premier League his top quality. We found our balance there, lost a fantastic midfield player, got a very exciting attacking winger and a young boy in midfield who can give us solutions

[Tottenham remain without injured midfielder Moussa Sissoko and top scorer Harry Kane] Without injuries, I would say ‘yes, good window’. One player who gave six years is leaving but an incredible, exciting prospect is coming. I would say, ‘Very, very good’, but we had these problems with important injuries and of course our squad in this moment is not as good as it can be. When our injured players are back, of course it will be much better

We do our best, we try our best. Independent of any analysis anyone can do about our last matches, one thing is clear in the eyes of everybody - the group is together, the players are fantastic, they fight for each other and the club. In difficult circumstances, we’re a difficult team to play against and in difficult circumstances we’re always giving opponents a difficult match

2020 02 04b Retrieve

[Mourinho: I went viral for the wrong reasons after VAR shambles in Tottenham win over Man City] No, it’s not as bad [as we first thought]. So, there is a chance of him playing tomorrow [Wednesday], let’s wait and see. It’s just a question of being a little bit lucky, or unlucky. You need a little bit of luck. Dele Alli was very lucky. Did Sterling want to injure him? I don’t think so, I don’t believe that he wanted [to hurt Alli]. So, respect to Sterling, I have no problem at all. But the intention does not count. What counts is the action. It is a red card

[I went viral] in a funny way, but not in a good way, but I say in a funny way. I think the fact that now it is allowed to have the screen in front of us… I think it’s not good for the emotions, for our emotions, because we watch and we watch exactly the same as the VAR [official] is watching, decisions the referees don’t see as well as we do. That’s because the referees, they are on the pitch and, as I was saying the other day, it is 200 miles per hour and very difficult for them, and sometimes they don’t see things the same way we do. In 2004-05, I remember I tried to go with a screen to the bench and I was forbidden by the rules, and in this moment now you are allowed. So, I don’t think it’s good for the emotions. My reaction was just based on being able to watch everything on the screen, so I watched the Dele Alli situation, I watched the penalty, the pretend penalty - I watched everything, so that creates emotions, but okay, I went viral for the wrong reasons

2020 02 05 Retrieve

[Mourinho: Southampton were the better team but Spurs deserved to win FA Cup replay] My team performance was in the limits. It was in the limits for me with players available and not available. It was in the limits for them because two days ago they played such an incredible match.

We suffered. We played against a very good team, we played against a team that was the best team on the pitch but we deserved to win because we were in our limits. They had their best players, they had one more day rest, they were fresh.

I think I did very well because I had to manage a team with so many difficulties. I changed from the back five to the back four in the moment when I could. Then Dele Alli became the link. The players [played with their] souls, and heart and gave absolutely everything. Four matches over two rounds, really hard for the boys. They deserve this happiness

The priority is to survive. We have lots of difficulties. I am not speaking just about Harry Kane, I am speaking about Giovani Lo Celso, Erik Lamela - in this moment they could give us the balance. Today was a team completely unbalanced. Really, really hard to organise it and really, really hard to win the match

2020 02 05b Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho believes Harry Kane will not return to action for Tottenham until at least May] The Leicester match. Maybe we need that match for something. To be fourth, to be fifth, to be sixth. Maybe he can help us in this match. I hope. Is that the best-case scenario at the moment? Yes, I think so

It’s a problem for [Gareth] Southgate and for [the England assistant manager] Steve Holland, not for me. How would I feel if I were England manager? I don’t know. I’m not

2020 02 06 Retrieve

[Mourinho after seeing Spurs edge out Southampton 3-2 on Wednesday] I had to manage this chess game without pieces. You know. No bishops, no kings, no queens. Very, very hard with so many injuries and problems. No Bergwijn. I cannot speak about the progress I want to make because I don’t have the players I want. And the team needs players to progress, collectively, tactically and dynamically. We need to have the players but we don’t have the players. We lose so many. Sissoko, Harry, and today Lamela, Lo Celso and Bergwijn. It is so difficult. One game we have players A, B and C out and then the next game we are without D, E and F. It’s been a very difficult season. So everything was like when you pull a blanket up and your feet are left out and then you cover your feet but half of your body is out. That’s us. But amazing spirit, and that is something I like. The best team lost (referring to Southampton’s 3-2 defeat to Spurs on Wednesday night). The best team on the pitch lost

2020 02 10 Retrieve

[Mourinho: Tottenham job is ‘difficult’ but I am really happy] Contrary to some people who want to be in the news and tell things that are not true - I am really happy at the club. You know me quite well, enough to know that I am really happy. Difficult? Yes, but if it was not difficult it wouldn’t be for me. I like the players and who they are. I like very much the relationship I have with them. If you see a bad face from me it is because of a bad result. I cannot change myself. That’s just me. The reality is that I am happy and I look forward to what is coming, and even more for what is coming next season. I want to start working with them in July

It’s very important. I can see small details. Even the warm-ups. I can see what TV and video don’t give me. To see the warm-ups and to see what the players do individually. Some skills that sometimes during the game are hidden. It’s a different intensity. It’s a different experience. I couldn’t miss the opportunity

The players needed some days off. For their body and soul, they needed a rest. But not for me. I think the best way to try and help the team is to work

2020 02 10b Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho has joked that his sharp new haircut was actually a mistake at the barber’s] Sometimes I like to feel the cold weather and I like to change a little bit. But this time was not the case. I fell asleep [in the barber’s chair] and when I woke up it was so bad that I said to him ‘bring the [number] one’. Hopefully, it will grow back again

[He says injuries to key players were behind their slide down the table] We, as a team, in the last few weeks are showing a certain mentality. This season has been hard for them. Even before I arrived. They lost the captain Hugo Lloris for a long period. Then progressively you lose another player. Then another one. Then another one. But the way the team has fought has made me even prouder of them. People like Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura going to their limits and giving absolutely everything. Injured players trying to give everything. The spirit is amazing

2020 02 11 Retrieve

[Tottenham boss Mourinho leaves Man Utd off his list of top-four contenders] Wolves and Sheffield United are fighting for the top four, [the managers] they can say no, and I understand if they say no but the reality is that they are. Not just because of the position that they are in the table, but because of the power and quality

They arrive in this situation where, in the eyes of everybody, they should be more than happy, but they are not more than happy. Wolves bought an important player [Daniel Podence for £17m] to try to improve their situation. Sheffield bought an important player [Sander Berge for £22m], they beat their record in the market to try to improve their team. So it’s not just about Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton. It’s not just about us. It’s also about these two clubs who I have to say [are] fantastic

2020 02 14 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho has dismissed claims that he did not give Danny Rose a chance at Tottenham] The time he [Davies] was out was a great opportunity for others to play. For Tanganga it was, in the end, the opportunity of a lifetime, he has already played six or seven full matches with the first team. For Ryan [Sessegnon] it was the acceleration of a process. He has played more matches than normally he would do. Even for Danny Rose it was a great opportunity to play three very important matches. He played against Liverpool, he played against Olympiacos, probably the two more important matches we had to play, and against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. So even for Danny Rose it was a great opportunity to play three matches and show me what he’s capable of doing.

2020 02 14b Retrieve

[Mourinho critical of Premier League scheduling ahead of RB Leipzig tie] Friday night, Leicester vs Wolves. Why? Do they have a Champions League game next week? No. Not Leicester, not Wolves. Wolves have a Europa League game on Thursday. We are the team in England that plays a Champions League game on Tuesday; we don’t play Friday, we don’t play Saturday, we play Sunday. I don’t think it is normal. You can tell me it was because your game was chosen to be on TV on Sunday at 12 o’clock and I ask you, in the other five matches of the Premier League this weekend, is there not another one that could be played on Sunday? It’s as simple as that.

That’s the only thing I say - there is no care. They just chose what they want and they don’t think how they can hurt an English team. And in this case we are going to be hurt because we are going to play on Sunday at 2 o’clock when we could perfectly play on Saturday or Friday night?

It’s a very difficult week for us, and then, of course, we would like to play Chelsea on the Sunday after Leipzig, but no [we play] on Saturday. And we would like to play Saturday 5pm - but instead we play 12 o’clock. So it’s a really hard week for us - Sunday Villa, Wednesday Leipzig, Saturday Chelsea

2020 02 14c Retrieve

[Mourinho backs Alli after coronavirus joke controversy] It was not his intention to offend, he apologised immediately, regretted and recognised it was a young guy mistake, a young generation mistake and he apologised. So, my conversation [with Alli] was easy, as it was not one of a contradiction of ideas. It was not him not understanding why I was unhappy, so it was so simple.

What can I say? He regrets and, for me, that’s the best feeling he can show, and to have the humility to apologise I think is also remarkable, because sometimes these young people make mistakes and don’t realise - so this conversation was so easy.

I have a son and daughter basically at the same age as Dele and many of my players - I know what social media is for this generation. But when you are a public person like footballers are, they have to know and have to be very careful.

I repeat, Dele is a great guy. The last thing Dele is is anything connected with racism or disrespect, not at all, but these are current mistakes that some people sometimes make. But again, the good thing for me is regret and apologise, so for me it’s end of story.

I’m not the FA, I’m just his manager, his friend. I repeat, at the same age I have two great kids in my house, and I have to act as an educator and I think the best way to do it is immediately his reaction - regret and apologise

2020 02 15 Retrieve

[Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho on his new shaved haircut] I fell asleep [in the barber’s chair] and when I woke up it was so bad that I said to him ‘bring the one’. Hopefully, it will grow back again

2020 02 15b Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho pleads with the FA not to ban Dele Alli because of his controversial social media post about the coronavirus] I feel that [a ban] would be unnecessary, but in relation to these decisions, I am nobody. It is unnecessary because the player understands the naivety of the situation, the player is a good guy, the player even in the dressing room has a big Asian friend that he loves. He learned the lesson immediately with the embarrassment. I don’t feel we need more than that

2020 02 16 Retrieve

[Mourinho jokes about rivals’ punishment] My view is that I didn’t lose one single minute analysing what UEFA and FIFA have to analyse. If I go into that analysis I have to ask if the team that finished second in 2018 is going to be champion, yes or no? That would be interesting. But jokes apart, I just wait calmly

I don’t think about fourth or fifth, I just think about doing the best we can, getting the most points we can, the best position we can and at the end of the season we will see where we are. Because maybe we are sixth or seventh and then it doesn’t matter if the fifth goes to the Champions League, so we have a big fight. You could see [on Saturday] Liverpool first against the last [Norwich City], you could see today Villa fighting to stay in the division and us fighting for the top positions, how difficult it was. This is the Premier League. So when we speak about the fifth, I think Wolves, Sheffield United, Manchester United, Arsenal, Everton, everybody looks to the table and they say ‘we can do it’ and they can, so it’s going to be very hard

2020 02 16b Retrieve

[Mourinho says Champions League race is wide open after Man City ban] [It’s] not just for us. A window opens for many teams. What seemed far, now the fifth place is not far. Arsenal, Everton, Sheffield United, Wolves… everyone will feel they have the chance

[Son then put Spurs in front shortly before half-time] I thought we deserved to win but I think they did not deserve to lose. Villa played to win

[When asked about Tottenham’s penalty] Steven Bergwijn, I don’t know if I call him naive, or too honest - the referees tell us: ‘pre-match don’t ask for anything, don’t surround me, don’t do the motion of the screen’. The action was there and it was a question of to be or not to be and clearly it was

2020 02 16c Retrieve

[Mourinho: It’s like Toby Alderweireld scored three goals!] In a funny way I’d say he’s scored three goals. The own goal, his goal and then when he loses the duel with Engels. But he scored with a shot of his life with a new baby this week

2020 02 18 Retrieve

[Mourinho doesn’t expect Son to play again for Tottenham this season] We are going to miss him. The club wrote a nice statement. If I was the one to write the statement I would write differently. We miss him. I’m not going to count on him again this season. If he plays two or three games then it’s because he (his press officer) is very optimistic, but I’m not counting on him.

The situation couldn’t be worse. That is obvious. There is nothing we can do. We are going to play with the players we have available. I was worried about not having attacking options on the bench, now I don’t have attacking options on the pitch! No strikers, no market. Nothing. The only help we can have is our crowd. The Tottenham supporters, that is the only thing that I ask because to the players I cannot ask more than what they are giving

[Mourinho added on Tottenham’s bid to qualify for the Champions League for a fifth successive season] I like analogies. When we arrived, we were -12 [from fourth]. We started climbing the stairs but the stairs immediately broke. We found a way, we start climbing and, 11 floors up, when we arrive on the fourth floor, someone took the stairs away!

2020 02 19 Retrieve

[Mourinho: Tottenham were in a gunfight without bullets in RB Leipzig defeat] Let’s be loyal to the boys and say that they did everything they could do. Lamela, do you know how many training sessions he had with the team? Zero. Direct from injury, to recovering on the pitch with the physios to 20 minutes of a game in the Champions League. That is our team. You can look at it and see two perspectives. One perspective is of an amazing group with amazing guys that try everything, from another side you see how we are in this moment. You look at the other guys, they play with [Patrik] Schick, [Timo] Werner and [Christopher] Nkunku. Nkunku is tired, get out, on comes [Emil] Forsberg. Schick is tired, come off, there’s [Yussuf] Poulsen. This is our situation, it’s like going to a fight with a gun without bullets. So, we did what we could do, and I think if we scored before them the game would be different

You can tell me we had luck in some moments, but I disagree. What I’m worried about is not the 1-0, because that is an open result, we can go there and win the tie. What worries me is that these are our players for the next […] I don’t know how many matches. We have to play in two days again. We could see Lucas absolutely dead, [Steven] Bergwijn absolutely dead, [Giovani] Lo Celso dead. We are really in trouble. If this was just for this game, I would say: ‘Okay no problem, 1-0, everything is open’. What worries me is that we have Premier League and FA Cup to play in too and that is our situation. I cannot be happier to have guys like them with the limitations we have

But here we go, and Chelsea drinking sparkling water with lemon and watching the game on TV. On Saturday morning, thank you very much for the choice, Saturday morning we are there again

2020 02 20 Retrieve

[Mourinho has conceded that he has a big job on his hands] There are two perspectives - an amazing group and amazing guys but another side you see how we are at the moment. It’s a situation like going to fight with a gun without bullets. [Lucas] Moura was absolutely dead, [Steven] Bergwijn was absolutely dead, [Giovani] Lo Celso was absolutely dead

2020 02 21 Retrieve

[Mourinho claims he knows Lampard’s team ahead of Spurs’ crucial clash with Chelsea] I was told they were back to a back five which is what they normally do when their results are not the best. The same way you have a lot of news and you don’t tell the sources

At the moment, Tottenham, Manchester United, Arsenal, Sheffield United, Wolverhampton, Everton - we are the underdogs. We have ambitions to go there, but we are one, two, three points behind Chelsea. Chelsea have an advantage over all of us. That is obvious. It is not a big advantage, but it is an advantage. Chelsea at the moment are favourites for fourth position considering Leicester has nine or 10 points more at this stage of the season. But of course, Chelsea are favourites for fourth at this moment

That’s football. One thing is the way I am treated in the stadium, another is the way I’m treated on the street. On the street, every time I am approached by fans from all different clubs - not just the clubs where I’ve been working before, even clubs that I have no connection with - Palace, West Ham. Every time I am approached on the street in London, I am approached with care, respect, great feelings and the Chelsea fans they find me in the street - full of respect

2020 02 21b Retrieve

[Mourinho: Tottenham finishing fourth would be my greatest achievement] Would a top-four finish be my greatest feat? In these circumstances, yes. Sonny and Harry score the majority of Tottenham goals. If we manage to finish fourth without Harry Kane and Son Heung-min would be something incredible for the boys. We have to give everything we have

I am but that’s not about me. Not about me. If it was about me, I would even choose to move quickly to July 1 and start the pre-season with my players, without injuries, going to Premier League day one with the same points as everybody else. That’s not about me, it’s about us, that’s the club. The boys did fantastic to put themselves back in the positions where we belong, these positions fighting for the top four. The situation is difficult. Don’t think of any targets, we just want to go match after match and see where this can take us. After three months we went from closer to the relegation positions, which obviously was never a problem. But we went from there to be one point behind the top four. Amazing effort by everyone. So now that we’re in this position, we earned the right to fight for it

[Mourinho says Saturday’s visit to his former stomping ground is no different to any other occasion he faces one of his previous teams] No, not special, one more game. Because I’m a professional, as I’ve said every time I played my previous clubs, I belong 200 per cent to my club. The only different thing will be at the end of the game I can walk from the stadium to my house but I won’t take advantage of because I’ll go back from the stadium with my players

2020 02 22 Retrieve

[Mourinho dismisses spying allegations after Chelsea defeat] Serious, that’s the world we live in. I am not being sinister about it, but it is the world we live in. When someone has worked at the club previously, I think that can happen. When you have been working on a back three for two or three days, I am not that trusting always in terms of everybody but that’s life

I guessed because there is a logic to it. When they have a run of bad results, they go to five, when they have a run of bad results they go to Alonso and that’s what they did when they played against Lille and against us in the first match. That’s what of course I knew they were going to do today again. It’s obvious. When they’re in a run of good results, they go to different players. When they are in trouble, five at the back and Alonso. No one leaked me anything. They are loyal to him

2020 02 22b Retrieve

[Speaking after the match, Jose Mourinho was typically defensive in his response to the incident] I hope the noise is the same noise as when VAR kills us. Against Liverpool, [Andy] Robertson should get a red card. Watford, [Etienne] Capoue should get a red card twice with the same referee. Why didn’t they say when they made a mistake vs Liverpool?

2020 02 22c Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho saw acknowledgement of mistakes from VAR as progress] I feel sorry that they don’t admit [mistakes] more times, especially when things go against us. I don’t want to speak about it [VAR]. The aggression in our game, the pressing off the ball, the work-rate [was aggressive]. We’ve been having a tough time at home for different reasons. And when you’re having tough times, there’s only one option, and that’s to fight. Sometimes, fighting [when it is] difficult, hanging on in the last few minutes when you shouldn’t have been, those are the moments. We have to bottle that up now, that feeling, understanding that needs to be our behaviour daily. The way we played today needs to be our daily behaviour in training and the games coming up

2020 02 22d Retrieve

[Mourinho wants same VAR noise for and against Spurs as Giovani Lo Celso sparks another controversy] I hope the noise is the same [from Stockley Park] as when the VAR kills us. The same as when Liverpool and [Andy] Robertson should have got a red card. The same as [Etienne] Capoue at Watford which should have been.

Look at Chelsea: they played a World Cup-winning striker up front (Olivier Giroud), England’s second striker on the bench (Tammy Abraham), and Belgium’s second striker (Michy Batshuayi) in the stands. We had no strikers on the pitch, no strikers on the bench and two in the hospital

I think you are going to be very bored with me, because I think I’m going to be very repetitive. I’m going to say exactly the same words I told against Leipzig.

I’m very proud of the players, they gave absolutely everything. We don’t have a striker. Our attacking players are not strikers and are in huge levels of fatigue, so very, very difficult for us. No tactical problems, [we were] completely in control of the space, punished by a couple of individual mistakes.

In the last part of the game when Chelsea was scared of the 2-1 we didn’t have that presence, that power, we didn’t have that to do more than what we did. To create chances you need a target man or fast people that can interchange positions, you need a different dynamic to the team. We don’t have a striker and we have tired players, it’s as simple as that. We did very, very well. If we score before our opponent, I think we have a chance because we are well organised. But when they score before us and drop back it’s very, very difficult for us.

A defeat is a defeat, but the good thing is that in the last seconds the players were still fighting for a result and that for me is a very important thing.

2020 02 26 Retrieve

[Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has already defended Dele Alli, suggesting young players like Alli need to be more careful on social media] I spoke with him about that but it was quite an easy conversation because he was very sorry about – let’s say, the mistake – but it was never his intention to hurt or offend. He immediately regretted and recognised it was a young generation mistake and he apologised. I have a son at the same age as Dele and many of the players. I know social media is for his generation but when you are a public person like footballers are, they have to know and they have to be very, very careful. Dele is a great guy. The last thing he is, is anything connected with racism

2020 02 28 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho is optimistic that he will see Harry Kane and Son Heung-min feature together for the club before the season is out] I would say he is a little bit ahead of schedule. It gives me a hope that instead of him being fit for one or two matches, he might play three, four or five. Just speculating a bit, the feelings are good. He is doing what he can do at this stage but always with a good feeling. Everything is going well. When he was injured I said: ‘Forget him’, then I said: ‘One or two games.’ At this moment I have better hopes than that, hopefully that feeling is right and he can help us in the last few games of the season

I cannot imagine when, but there is a good possibility before the end of the season we have Sonny and Harry playing together

2020 03 01 Retrieve

[Mourinho insists Parrott still not ready as Spurs boss defends makeshift striker Alli] The match was close and will always be close. If you look at it in that perspective then yes, we missed a big chance to score a beautiful goal and to make the score 3-1. That’s football though, and nobody’s to blame. Ben arrived in a great position, the cross is great and Dele makes the run that he has to make. He’s pretty good in the air for a player who is not a striker. He’s a good header of the ball. He was unlucky. Obviously without the strikers we tried different solutions. I think it worked in the sense that we managed to score goals. We managed to have some opportunities. We managed to arrive in dangerous positions. I believe we had more possession than them. We had more control than them

He is not ready, he is not ready. He’s a good kid, a good talent, he’s a kid we want to help. He’s a kid who needs help, not just on the pitch but outside the pitch. He’s a kid we are going to take care of like we have since the beginning and he’s a kid who is obviously going to have a real opportunity in the right moment when we feel it is the moment.

Why was he on the bench? He was on the bench because Erik Lamela told me before the game he was not even ready to go on the bench. So, in that moment, without Lamela, we brought Troy in and in the last five minutes we put on a striker who at least knows the position so he could try to fix Conor Coady, giving Dele some more space and freedom. That is the way it is. We have to try to keep close [to the top four] until the moment we have our power back.

2020 03 01b Retrieve

[Mourinho: Tottenham are ‘too nice’ but defeat to Wolves FC was ‘totally unfair’] I don’t think it was a fair result. Both teams were looking to win with different styles. They are so powerful on the counter-attack. We tried different solutions. It worked in a way because we scored two goals. I think it’s unfair, the result, totally unfair.

The players didn’t deserve the defeat. We were punished by, I would say, mentality mistakes. You have to be ruthless against teams like Wolves that play fantastically well on the counter-attack. We deserve much more than these results. The front three combined well, they did what they can. They did the plan that we worked on in the week

It was a great game. My team didn’t deserve to lose at all. It is difficult to find a reason to lose the game, apart from a couple of individual mistakes. The team was good, they were in control. In the beginning of the game we were superb, Wolves were really in trouble I would say. In the last period of the game they know what we cannot do, and then they just compact with everybody in the box and that is obviously the most difficult thing for us in this moment. It’s really, really frustrating and I’m sad obviously, but I am more sad for the players

We don’t have that aggression. We are too good, too nice. That was maybe the only difference between the teams

2020 03 03 Retrieve

[Mourinho hints at quiet summer transfer window for Spurs] Massive changes? No. Not massive changes. First of all because that is not what we think we need. Secondly because of the profile of the club. Third because of what the market is and year after year after year it is more difficult. So I am not thinking of an overhaul. Of course we need to make our squad better, that is obvious

He is a kid, I think he is happy. He is adapting well to a special life. He lives again with his parents and his sister, it is a very good situation for him, he is happy. He works hard as a young kid has to do. He deserves his opportunities, he has already started at Southampton and in the Champions League match [against RB Leipzig]. He is playing, he is playing in different positions, he gives us what we always thought he could give us - options. As a kid, you always expect that next season will be better. Until the end of the season there will be more opportunities to play football and grow up. But good kid

2020 03 03b Retrieve

[Mourinho refusing to rush ‘privileged one’ Troy Parrott despite Spurs’ striker shortage] He will be on the bench tomorrow. We are taking very good care of him. We cannot tell you every single detail. We are taking care of a player and a young boy. He’s 18 but one month ago he was 17.

We are taking good care of him. Yesterday we decided it was good for him to play [for the U23s] but only for 45 minutes. The objective was to get some football. He has qualities, he has potential. He’s not an end product and he has a lot to develop at every level. He’s going to be on the bench tomorrow again. He has two Premier League appearances, something that’s not normal for 18-year-olds. He’s a privileged one. He has the privilege of that and training with the first team and the very good people in the academy. Step by step

[While caution is being favoured with Parrott, the same approach is being taken with Hugo Lloris’ fitness] I can tell you he is not playing tomorrow but I cannot tell you he isn’t playing on Saturday

2020 03 04 Retrieve

[Mourinho criticises Dier after chasing ‘insulting’ fan into stands following Spurs’ FA Cup exit] I don’t think that belongs to the game. The game was a fantastic representation of the FA Cup, but I cannot run away from the question. I think Eric Dier did what we as professionals cannot do but when someone insults you and your family is involved, especially your young brother… This person insulted Eric, the younger brother was not happy with the situation and Eric was not happy. [But] we as professionals cannot do what he did

2020 03 05 Retrieve

[Mourinho questions ‘privileged’ supporters after Eric Dier’s altercation with Tottenham fans] The people that are in these privileged positions by the tunnel. Of course some are Tottenham fans but I think a lot of corporate, a lot of invitation, a lot of people with special status and probably it’s the place of the stadium where I sometimes have doubts over if they are the real Tottenham fans because these [real fans] are the ones who support the boys until the last. This person insulted Eric, this family was there. The young brother was not happy with the situation and then Eric, I repeat did what we professionals cannot do, but did something that probably we would do

In this moment I have to think about what’s next and I have to speak to my club because I think some of these boys to have a chance to fight Tuesday for a Champions League position they just can’t play on Saturday. Particularly in forward positions, behind we’ve got options but not going forward. I think we don’t deserve the result but that’s football. As you can expect it was a difficult game, as I could expect some of my players were really, really in trouble and they made an incredible effort to try. Harry Winks was completely dead. I think he’s started 11 to 12 games in a row, we had many, many players in trouble. I don’t have one single negative feeling towards my players, the opposite, they tried fantastic things. I am really, really sad for the boys, I can cope with the bad result and with negative moments, I’ve had so many, but I am really sad for the players

2020 03 05b Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho must be sick of the sight of penalty shootouts. This was the seventh time an English side with Mourinho in charge has faced one. All seven have been lost] The penalty is nothing. He is a penalty taker in the under-23s, he scores every one in the unders. He was so confident, he wanted to take one, he wanted to take the responsibility, it’s an experience in his career. The problem is not his experience. Eric [Lamela] also missed one. The problem is the 30 minutes. Now people can see that he has to work a lot so don’t think that Parrott is the second Harry Kane because he’s just a young kid that needs to work. Let’s forget the penalty because we all miss the penalties, it was not Troy

2020 03 06 Retrieve

[Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho feels Eric Dier ‘has to play’ against Burnley on Saturday, insisting the incident which saw him run into the stands was ‘almost nothing’] What happened was clear, almost nothing happened. He is ready and I think he has to play

It was exactly my feeling and my reaction. I’m much older than Eric and have more years in football and I was born a footballer’s son and grew up as a footballer’s manager. If I saw something happening with my son I’d do the same. I wouldn’t think two seconds about doing the same.

As professionals, sometimes we have to go through difficult situations. And we have to try to cope with it, be a little bit lucky that it will not happen the same way as it happened with Eric. But I think everybody understands what happened. Everybody has an opinion. I’m happy that the football family understands what happened. Let’s move on.

About Eric being in the right frame of mind to play, of course. The only thing that matters is: first of all, that nothing really big happened. And secondly he played so, so well in the last two matches that of course he is going to play.

He played two fantastic matches [at centre-back], showed me things that I couldn’t imagine. I know what he can do in this position

2020 03 06b Retrieve

[Mourinho admits to being lazy and annoying during his playing career] Me as a player? Correct - absolutely correct

[Asked what Mourinho the manager would do with Mourinho the player] I wouldn’t play him. I wouldn’t play him. That’s so easy. Offered [to other clubs], take him! Take him for free!

2020 03 06c Retrieve

[Hugo Lloris is back in training after a groin injury and Mourinho hopes he will be able to bring his captain back into the line-up] Decision to be made after training. If you ask whether I am expecting him to play I say yes but I cannot confirm

2020 03 06d Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho says Tottenham must be active in the transfer market to ensure the squad is capable of dealing with injuries] We know that the players are tired, that the players injured, we know that we have to build a squad more balanced for next season because we don’t believe that the same situation is going to happen. But in football anything is possible and you have to be ready to cope with these unpredictable things. So we know everything. We need to give a different shape to the squad to be ready for these unexpected things that happen to us but we all know that we have to try to win against Burnley and we have to try to win on Tuesday. If we don’t then we leave, like we did in the last match against Norwich, we leave, we sleep, in peace, sad, but we sleep in peace and then the next day, [smacks his hands] here we go again

But a Jose statistic is also based on when you change players you change and you improve your team. Do you want an example? Arjen Robben on the bench. And [Damien] Duff and Joe Cole playing. Or vice-versa. Minute 70 and one goes out, the other one goes in. You know what the defenders of the opposition they do? [Bows head] ‘oh [he swears] It’s exactly that. It’s [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Karim] Benzema and [Angel] Di Maria and then minute 70 you bring [Gonzalo] Higuain, [Jose] Callejon, you know? We have the squad for that. Imagine my team playing - Lucas [Moura], Kane and Son. And Lucas and Son, minute 70 they are tired. Let’s go. [Erik] Lamela and [Steven] Bergwijn. We have the squad for that. Midfield players - you are feeling the team is going a little bit down. You feel the players are a little bit in trouble - change one and get another one.

We have a squad for that. It’s not like I’m saying our squad is not good. The squad is good. In this moment we are in trouble. It’s so simple as that. So we are winning and in the moment we are winning, the moment when you kill the game with fresh players, is the moment when our team is going down. So I have an answer for everything. For ethical reasons I cannot say much more. I would love to sit and to speak about football and to try and explain everything that I can explain. But there are things that I cannot say much more than this. But, I repeat, when I see my team next season, pre-season: Bergwijn, Lamela, Kane, Son, Sissoko, Lo Celso, Dele, Lucas…[we have the squad]

2020 03 07 Retrieve

[Mourinho gives scathing assessment of Spurs star Ndombele in Burnley draw] I think the quality and dynamic of Lucas and Lo Celso made a difference, and I don’t - I want to say but I cannot say. We had something in the first half that we didn’t have in the second half, so in the second half we improved a lot

I think fatigue is fatigue, Lucas had it and Lo Celso had it and [Steven] Bergwijn had it and Dele Alli had it and they gave what you saw. I don’t ask much more than that. I was expecting players not tired to give more to the team and I think somebody [Ndombele] has to realise this is the Premier League. I think this is probably a new experience, the first time he comes to Burnley, and I hope next season he can be fantastic, because until now isn’t enough. I hope that he uses every minute on the pitch and every minute knowing what the Premier League is to improve. Many fantastic players in their first season in a new country, for different reasons, they struggle. There are many, many examples of that. He’s a player with great talent and has to know he has to do much better and know I cannot keep giving him opportunities to play because the team is much more important than the players, and the players must be on the pitch as a consequence of their performance. This is performance-level football

2020 03 07b Retrieve

[Burnley boss accuses referee of ‘changing performance’ after Spurs chat] There were some words at half-time going off the pitch with a few of their staff and the referee, and then the referee changed his performance I thought. That sometimes happens. You hope it doesn’t, but I thought that second half there was everything seemed to be given for very little. I think we had six bookings. I haven’t seen every incident but that seems bizarre to me

[Dyche called for the game’s authorities to review refereeing incidents] I think the game has got to be careful at the minute and the powers that be need to take a look at what’s going on. You can’t not get a decision because you’re trying to play the game correctly. I don’t think you can do that. That’s wrong. We all know that. So they’ve got to look at that, and today was a good example of that. Chris Wood, fouled in the box, definite foul - if that’s anywhere else on the pitch it’s given as a foul - and yet it’s not, in the box today

2020 03 07c Retrieve

[Mourinho not expecting Spurs to punish Dier after fan altercation] [When I arrived, in Dier] I found a player that was not playing. I found a sad player, without confidence. Then I was trying to give him that confidence back. I played him immediately, and in a position I thought was his natural position (central midfield)

[But] we needed a little bit more creation and dynamic in midfield, because we wanted to give the team an offensive character. And then, when we lost the attacking players, I thought more when you don’t have the goalscorers you need more players that have a little bit more creation, so we went a bit more in the direction of players like [Giovani] Lo Celso, even playing in a double pivot

Then I spoke with him (Dier) a few times. He was always giving me the idea that his best feeling would be playing as a centre-back, and my answer at that time was I think this is something to maybe start him in next pre-season

By different circumstances, I decided to play him against Wolves in a back-three, where I thought he would be less exposed and, with the ball, a midfield player. He played so, so well. Then I decided ‘okay, the feeling is so good, let’s go with a back-four when it is more difficult for a centre-back’. He did so, so good again. So now we have the feeling that maybe it’s his best position

And again, more important than what I or my assistants feels, or data says, is what the player feels. And he loves to play there. You can see his attitude on the pitch; leadership, confidence. So maybe there is a good solution for him. And in a world where there are not so many centre-backs, in this moment, at a high level, he is a good solution for us

2020 03 07d Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on how he would have dealt with himself as a player] I wouldn’t play him. That’s so easy. Offer? Take him! Take him for free.

2020 03 09 Retrieve

[Tottenham’s injury crisis grows as Bergwijn ruled out for the season] Steven, I don’t expect him to play this season. The plan was for Steven to play 55-60 minutes and then Lucas to come on

The plan was to keep the fresh players on the pitch for 90 minutes, but I had to change that at half-time immediately. Steven had to play for 90 minutes, so on top of that he’s injured. Let’s see if it’s something minor and if he can make the effort because Tuesday I only want two options: we win or we lose but we leave everything there. We go with everything. The group is very strong and the group is very united. We go with everything. Tired, not tired, injured, not injured. We go there Tuesday with everything

2020 03 09b Retrieve

[Reflecting on Spurs’ latest injury misfortune] I can believe it. Ben [Davies will be] one week, two weeks. With Steven, I don’t expect him to play again this season. We’re used to it. I’d say we were psychologically more down with the other injuries, because when you’ve got four or five injuries, what’s six or seven? We are losing 1-0 at half-time. We were losing 1-0 at half-time two days ago [against Burnley]. It’s something that’s happened to us a few times this season. You ask me how can you score two goals without Kane, Son or Bergwijn, but there are many ways to score goals. A Leipzig player could even do what Antonio Rudiger did and score for us (an own goal in Chelsea’s 2-1 win). I believe that Tottenham is not going to be my only club without silverware. I won at every club and I believe I’m going to do it at Tottenham

2020 03 10 Retrieve

[Mourinho makes silverware vow at Spurs as he seeks to maintain trophy record] I believe Tottenham is not going to be my only club without silverware. I won it at every club and I believe I am going to do it also with Tottenham. I am here for three or four months. I took on the team in a very difficult situation and now it is even more difficult with so many problems we’re having but I believe in me, in the players, in the club and I believe that during my contract I am going to help the club to do it. It’s not me winning, it’s me helping the club and the players to do it.

Momentum is not the best but I feel the boys deserve something special. The group is very good, the boys give everything and again, in a very honest way, if we look at our games against Norwich, Wolves, Burnley, I think we fought really hard against all the circumstances. The boys deserve this kind of happiness that a victory in knockout Champions League can bring. But sometimes in football you don’t get what you deserve. We just have to accept and move on but in this moment, we’re not in conditions to accept anything. We’re in conditions to fight for the tie

2020 03 10b Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho insists he does not expect a major rebuild for Tottenham this summer] If I can be critical of some of my players, I keep this for us. They tried to give what they can give. We made mistakes, mistakes that we have analysed in previous matches. I never blame players with some difficulties. It’s hard for me to cope with players who cannot express their potential, not those who are at their limit. I am with the boys. There is nobody to blame. In every match we have a traumatic injury. That’s the history of this season. It is non-stop. Look at our bench tonight. It is very hard. I cannot blame the players. I don’t think we will have a big rebuild, this summer, unless something happens during the Euros, we have Sissoko back, we have Kane, we have Son, that is massive

Look, of course I was positive yesterday, that’s the way I have to be all of the time. If you’re not positive it’s better not to come to the game. Yes we all believed but we know that in this moment it’s very difficult. They are a very strong side. It’s hard for us to score at the moment. Our first couple of mistakes they score and then it’s very difficult. Their physicality is incredible, their defenders win the duels, they stop the game. They are very fast in attack. They can hurt us all of the time, they deserve to go through

2020 03 11 Retrieve

[Mourinho: Leipzig’s entire bench would be in Spurs’ starting XI] We have lots of problems and it’s really difficult. I was positive yesterday but that’s the way I have to be. The reality is a different thing - one team is much stronger. Of course it was difficult and Leipzig deserved to get to the quarter-finals. Every team in the world would struggle with five or six of their most important players missing. It’s as simple as that. All the players on the Leipzig bench would play at this moment in my team

With the squad we have at the moment it’s going to be very, very difficult. Our problems are not going to disappear tomorrow. In the Premier League, we don’t have the results where we have no chance to fight for the points. We lost 3-2, 2-1, 1-0, we had draws, so it’s not like we can’t fight. We’re not going to recover any players for Sunday but at least we have a little period, four days, so at least from a physical point of view, we can react. We will fight until the end

2020 03 13 Retrieve

[From £55m man to Mourinho’s Spurs scapegoat: Tanguy Ndombele’s dramatic decline] I was expecting players not tired to give more to the team, and I think somebody has to realise that this is the Premier League, and this is a new experience, and the first time he comes to Burnley, and I hope next season he can be fantastic because until now it is not enough. I’m not going to run away and I have to say he has had enough time to come to a different level. I know the Premier League is difficult, and some players take a long time to adapt to a different league. But a player with his potential has to give us more than he is giving us, especially when you see how Lucas (Moura), (Giovani) Lo Celso and those players are playing. I cannot keep giving him opportunities

[It was not the first time that the Portuguese had fired a barb at the Paris-born midfielder either] He’s always injured. He’s injured, he’s not injured, he plays one match. This is the same since the beginning of the season

There are many fantastic players that in first seasons in new countries, for different reasons, struggle

2020 03 23 Retrieve

[Tottenham boss Mourinho helps deliver food parcels to elderly isolated because of coronavirus crisis] I’m giving a little help to Age UK Enfield and LoveYourDoorStep Enfield and of course you can donate food, money or be a volunteer it’s so easy to contact

2020 04 01 Retrieve

[Mourinho quickly hit Mutu back. Mourinho fined Mutu the maximum two weeks’ wages - reportedly around £120,000] Nobody in Chelsea football club said he cannot go to the national team, he cannot train with the national team, he is not in condition, you are forbidden to go, nobody. We never say to a player ‘you don’t go’ because we can’t.

2020 04 08 Retrieve

[Tottenham reprimand Mourinho and players for breaking coronavirus restrictions] All of our players have been reminded to respect social distancing when exercising outdoors. We shall continue to reinforce this message

2020 04 08b Retrieve

[Mourinho admits breaking government rules on coronavirus after Tottenham manager reprimanded] I accept that my actions were not in line with government protocol and we must only have contact with members of our own household. It is vital we all play our part and follow government advice in order to support our heroes in the NHS and save lives

2020 04 20 Retrieve

[Mourinho has come in for criticism during the early months of his reign at Spurs] I believe Tottenham is not going to be my only club without silverware. I won it at every club and I believe I am going to do it also with Tottenham. I am here for three or four months. I took on the team in a very difficult situation and now it is even more difficult with so many problems we’re having but I believe in me, in the players, in the club and I believe that during my contract I am going to help the club to do it. It’s not me winning, it’s me helping the club and the players to do it

2020 04 21 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho admitted that he and his players had violated government protocol in their training session] I accept that my actions were not in line with government protocol and we must only have contact with members of our own household. It is vital we all play our part and follow government advice in order to support our heroes in the NHS and save lives

2020 04 23 Retrieve

[Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier has been charged by the Football Association after he charged into the crowd to confront a supporter after their FA Cup defeat to Norwich City] I don’t think that belongs to the game. The game was a fantastic representation of the FA Cup, but I cannot run away from the question. I think Eric Dier did what we as professionals cannot do but when someone insults you and your family is involved, especially your young brother […] This person insulted Eric, the younger brother was not happy with the situation and Eric was not happy. [But] we as professionals cannot do what he did.

I don’t know the answer [as to whether he will be disciplined]. The only thing I can say is that, if the club does, it’s not because I want it. I am with the player. I believe that the club is also with the player. So I believe there is no action from us. One thing is conversations, sharing ideas, another thing is going in that direction, which I don’t think we as a club want to go

2020 04 30 Retrieve

[about Kane, Sissoko and Bergwijn] For them, it’s many, many weeks of injury, and when the injury was arriving at an end, we stopped training. I don’t know, they don’t know, we have to wait for the right permission for them to train again in groups to see if they can come back to a normal competition level

You try to visualise what the normal day is here, the pre-match, the match, after the match, then you come here and just see an incredible hospital facility. I think it’s just fantastic. [I feel] strange and emotional [walking into the dressing room].

[Spurs are allowing players to use training pitches on an individual basis] It’s a positive feeling for the boys to have the chance to smell grass again

[On imagining the return of football] [It offers me] light at the end of the tunnel

2020 04 30b Retrieve

[Mourinho targets fourth Premier League title as Tottenham boss admits: I miss football] I prefer to think that I’m going to have a fourth Premier League trophy. I have three, I prefer to think I’ll have four

[The return to fitness of key men such as Harry Kane and Moussa] For them, it’s many, many weeks of injury, and when the injury was arriving at an end, we stopped training. I don’t know, they don’t know, we have to wait for the right permission for them to train again in groups to see if they can come back to a normal competition level

I miss football. But I prefer to say I miss our world, like I think we all do. Football is just part of my world. But we have to be patient, this is a fight that we all have to fight. If we play the remaining nine matches this season it will be good for every one of us. It will be good for football, for the Premier League. If we play football behind closed doors I’d like to think that football is never behind closed doors. With cameras, it means that millions and millions are watching. So if one day we walk into this empty stadium, it will not be empty, not at all

2020 05 02 Retrieve

[Mourinho reveals the only time he’s cried after a defeat] Unfortunately, that’s football. Cristiano, Kaka, Sergio Ramos… three complete monsters of football, there’s no doubt about that, but they’re also human. That night is the only time in my career as a coach that I’ve cried after a defeat. I remember it well… Aitor [Karanka, Madrid assistant at the time] and I pulled up in front of my house, in the car, crying. It was very hard because we were the best that season

2020 05 02b Retrieve

Ending that Barcelona dominance and doing it by achieving a record points tally and a record goals tally like that makes it even more interesting and important because we did it in the best way possible. It wasn’t only that we won La Liga, it’s that we did it in a way that made history

2020 05 03 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho on how he is keeping busy during life under lockdown] Even before the lockdown, (we) sought immediately to try and give the players the right conditions for a possible lockdown that appeared a few days or a couple of weeks later; equip their houses with equipment where they can train. The IT people organising everything in the training was hard work by everybody and I am really proud of the people and the players working really hard in very strange conditions

I feel so proud about what my club is doing, and I’m doing nothing. The club is being absolutely amazing. I doubt people have an idea of what the club is doing and what is happening in this stadium. When you do good things, you don’t need to make them public, you do it because you do it with your heart and that’s what I feel the club is doing

I miss football but I try not to be selfish - just balanced and human. I prefer to say I miss our world - football is part of that - but we have to be patient and fight our fight. I prefer to wait for better days. I hope everybody is healthy and safe and I’m so sorry for families destroyed by bad news

As professionals and I imagine in the fans’ case, it is good to have a light, even if it is at the end of a dark tunnel, to imagine and to dream that one day we will have football and this stadium full again. But if we come back behind closed doors, I like to think football behind closed doors is never closed doors, because cameras means millions and millions are watching that game. So one day if we walk into this empty stadium, it will not be empty at all

2020 05 14 Retrieve

[Mourinho unhappy with media as he denies claims he wanted delay to Premier League restart] I don’t think my position in the meeting has been reflected fairly at all today in media reports. I have not asked for any delay. I want to train, and I am desperate for the Premier League to return as soon as it is safe to do so, particularly now we are seeing other leagues preparing to return to action. I am extremely proud of the way my players have maintained their fitness - they have shown great professionalism, passion and dedication. We have all been working extremely hard through remote squad training sessions and isolated running now the pitches are available to use again at the training centre. Every player has been extremely committed in terms of their individual work and now we wait for clearance to commence working in small groups again, which I will fully support

2020 05 22 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho still struggles to explain why Wesley Sneijder and the rest of his treble-winning Inter side of 2009-10 failed to earn recognition in the Ballon d’Or voting] It’s strange that Samuel, during all his career, never managed to win the Ballon d’Or. Wes was amazing that season. In the same year he wins the treble, he plays the World Cup final. We got to the gala in 2010. The boys were not even on the top-three list. The only thing they managed to do was to be in the top XI, a player per position

There are different perspectives of players when they are coming to the end of their careers. There are the players that just want to be there for a couple more years on their contract - a few more million before they leave - and there are other guys with a different perspective which is: let me try to reach a high moment in my career, let me try and do something I never did. I think that was the point. The ones that were regular in the team, they were fantastic, but the ones that were not regular, the ones that didn’t play as much, they were always there for the team, always there for the younger guys, always there for the coach, always there to help. It was really a fantastic achievement and one of the reasons why I was so happy. I felt that my joy and my emotions were not about me, it was about them. It wasn’t about me winning my second Champions League - it was about them realising their dreams

2020 05 22c Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho has revealed what he told Pep Guardiola during the second leg of the Champions League semi-final in 2009-10] When [Sergio] Busquets fell I was standing between our bench, theirs and the point where Thiago Motta had been expelled. Out of the corner of my eye I could see the Barcelona bench celebrating as if they had already won. Guardiola called over [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic to talk about tactics: tactics in playing 11 against 10. So I just said to him, ‘Don’t party yet, this game is not over

The most iconic ‘Defensive Mourinho’ performance was the one at Camp Nou, but that Barcelona side had lost 3-1 at San Siro and we had earned the right to go and play against them however we wanted to. If [Goran] Pandev hadn’t been injured in the warm up, we would have played with Pandev, Sneijder, [Samuel] Eto’o and Milito.

2020 05 22d Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho has admitted that he was a dckhead to his Inter squad during his time with the treble-winning side of 2009-10, but that ultimately he felt like the club was all part of one big family as he revealed he still speaks to his former driver 10 years after departing San Siro]</b> There are relationships: I coach, you play. Empathy depends on the ability to accept me as I am - it’s like a puzzle. At Inter, there were people waiting for someone like me to complete that puzzle. I’m never fake, I’m original: it’s me and that’s it. I was also a dckhead, but that was me

Especially after the defeat against Bergamo. I was very violent with the players - I told them they had won the Scudetto of sh*t. It was only afterwards that I understood I had hurt them and I apologised

I was at my best when I felt at home, where I could feel the emotions of the group, where I was 200 per cent invested with my heart. That’s why, on May 22 in Madrid, I was content to experience the happiness of others, all the way from [president Massimo] Moratti to the people working in the warehouse. I had already won a Champions League title - I used to always think of myself first and then others. At Inter, it was never like that. In a family, when you become a father, you understand that someone is more important than you and that you move into second place. Ten years later, we are all together again. Just the other day I spoke to Alessio, my driver from my time at Inter. Where and when does it happen that a coach who leaves, ten years later still talks to the driver? Never. That’s Inter for me. These are my people

2020 05 27 Retrieve

[Mourinho provides Kane and Son fitness update ahead of anticipated Premier League restart] I cannot say in this moment they are ready to play because one thing is to recover from an injury, and another is to be ready to play football. In Harry’s case, I think for about five months he hasn’t played, but all of them are not injured any more. They are training, and training is what it is at the moment. Training has a lot of limitations. We cannot compete, we cannot do one versus one, we have to keep a certain distance, we cannot compete. Harry Kane, Son, Bergwijn, Sissoko, all of them are fine. I think with a couple of weeks of normal training, when the authorities tell us we can train normally I think in a couple of weeks, the boys will be ready to play, of course not in the maximum of their potential, I think nobody can do that in this moment. For us, of course, it is a great feeling, because we finished the period with that defeat at Leipzig, where we were really, really in trouble to have 11 players, including attacking players, and in this moment Lamela, Son, Dele, Harry Kane, Bergwijn, everybody is fit now.

2020 05 27b Retrieve

[Mourinho warns Tottenham will be frugal this summer] The first question after that is when will the transfer window be? I don’t think it will be in July or August anymore, it has to go further than that. It is normal you are going to have a different market, I don’t see the world - especially the football world - ready for some crazy numbers we used to have. I would like my club to be what I know what we will be: sensible, balanced and not going to spend rivers of money. We are trying to respect the situation, not just the football but the situation in the world and society overall

To be honest in this moment it is the last thing we are thinking. In the club we are not thinking about it. No talks about it, because in this moment we think about safety, following every rule inside of the training ground, we are trying to be perfect, not just in the testing but in everything in the club, we are trying to be perfect. Since the moment Bundesliga started, the Portuguese league and Spanish league announced a date to start, I think it is the most difficult moment for us, because we want to play. It is hard to see other countries playing football and we don’t do it.

2020 05 30 Retrieve

[Spurs manager Jose Mourinho has insisted he will not rush the teenager into his plans, saying in March that Parrott requires plenty more development before he’s ready for extensive playing time] We cannot tell you every single detail. We are taking care of a player and a young boy. He’s 18 but one month ago he was 17. We are taking good care of him. Yesterday we decided it was good for him to play [for the U23s] but only for 45 minutes. The objective was to get some football. He has qualities, he has potential. He’s not an end product and he has a lot to develop at every level. He’s going to be on the bench tomorrow again. He has two Premier League appearances, something that’s not normal for 18-year-olds. He’s a privileged one. He has the privilege of that and training with the first team and the very good people in the academy. Step by step.

2020 05 31 Retrieve

[Spurs manager Mourinho says it is right for Premier League to return for the fans’ sake] We shouldn’t be selfish, we shouldn’t demand too much. It’s our time to give. For example, when players play Euros and World Cups, they barely have a holiday, they don’t have pre-season, they come direct from holiday and sometimes they train less than a week to play the first Premier League match. At this moment, people are worried about trying to have what they never have. For example, speaking about pre-season injuries, there are pre-season injuries. Everyone has pre-season injuries in normal seasons, so we cannot expect now not to have an injury here, an injury there. We cannot ask for more than the authorities are giving us, which is the maximum security, and I think now it’s time just to play and to give people what people want.

There was a moment we were all scared about when we would start. Is the season is over?. Next season will start September, October, November […] who knows? But then less doubts, less doubts, less doubts and now it feels like it’s coming. We want to play. You look to other countries, Germany, they have already played matches, Portugal starts this weekend, Spain next weekend, football is coming everywhere. We used to be the football that never stops, even in periods like Christmas - we are the league for the world and it feels a bit strange that we’re not playing but we are waiting patiently for the green light to go

2020 06 11 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho defends Dele Alli who had said he felt the player had shown ‘humility’ since being criticised for the video] I feel that [a ban] would be unnecessary, but in relation to these decisions, I am nobody. It is unnecessary because the player understands the naivety of the situation, the player is a good guy, the player even in the dressing room has a big Asian friend that he loves. He learned the lesson immediately with the embarrassment. I don’t feel we need more than that

2020 06 13 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho says Tottenham must adapt to empty stadiums] We decided to mix them and to give almost the same amount of minutes to everyone. We didn’t want any players to be into the limits of fatigue and of course nobody played the four periods […] What we work on tactically we do in the training ground but the match was much more about competing, getting minutes, intensity and it’s very important to do it and to have this last week without any injuries. We all know that in these first matches, and in the friendlies, there’s also the risk of getting some injuries

2020 06 13b Retrieve

[Mourinho won’t take risks with Spurs’ fitness ahead of ‘fight’ for points with Man Utd] We are not going to have any more friendlies. We think it would be good, but it’s too risky. We are going to do a normal preparation week, starting on the Monday and going through to Friday. After that, we’ve two more days and then West Ham, so the next 10 days are going to be busy. We have to adapt to this new reality, which is what we’ve tried to do. We have to think that the points are there to fight for. With fans or without fans, the points are there on the pitch. Ourselves and United will have to fight for them

We needed minutes, we needed to know the feeling of playing here without our supporters and to have this training session with another Premier League team is the best thing

2020 06 18 Retrieve

[Mourinho confirms Kane to start against Man Utd] We have little things (injuries) but we are going to wait until tomorrow [before ruling them in or out]. Of course [Japhet] Tanganga has a stress fracture for a few months now and of course he didn’t recover during this period, and we have some little problems that we have to analyse before we make a decision. But the ones that had the surgeries, Kane, Son and Sissoko, these three they recovered and they are ready to play. Kane hasn’t played football for more than six months, so again he is working extremely well. I can tell you no problem he is going to start the game. Does harry have 90, 80, 70, 60 minutes in him? Only the game will tell us that. Is Harry on his top form? For him, I don’t know. It’s been around six months without a football match, but he works extremely well. He is an amazing professional and he’s going to start tomorrow.

I consider Gio one of the victims of the rules and one of the victims of the protocols, because he was injured in the end of the period before coronavirus. He was in very bad condition in the last three or four matches. He played for five or 10 minutes against Burnley, he wasn’t ready for Leipzig. Because of the rules, his injury isn’t one in need of surgery, it needed daily treatment and close contacts with physios and fitness coaches, but that was not possible for about two months, he was injured and he couldn’t recover from it. So, when the training ground opened and he started treatment. It was not enough to have him 100 per cent fit - only in the past days was he training with the team. Available for tomorrow? Yes, I think so, but we will test if he is going to play 90 minutes, start the game or not. It was a difficult process for him.

2020 06 18b Retrieve

[Spurs boss Mourinho unhappy with Alli suspension for coronavirus video] I feel very, very sorry that Dele is not playing. He is a player that works so, so hard during all this period and he’s really frustrated that he cannot play the first match. I don’t want to say much more than I don’t think he deserves a one-match ban compared with wrong behaviours at much bigger dimensions that happened during this period without any consequences

[Asked how Tottenham would shape up without Alli] How are we going to play? I’m not going to tell you. Kane hasn’t played football for more than six months, so again he is working extremely well. I can tell you no problem he is going to start the game. Does Harry have 90, 80, 70, 60 minutes in him? Only the game will tell us that. Is Harry on his top form? For him, I don’t know. It’s been around six months without a football match, but he works extremely well. He is an amazing professional and he’s going to start tomorrow

2020 06 18c Retrieve

[Tottenham manager Mourinho congratulates Rashford for free school meals campaign] He did amazingly well, I congratulate him on that. It’s a bit strange for me that one football player can make it happen and, if it happens, it’s because the government realises it is the right thing to do. The government shouldn’t wait for one player to come out publicly and put some pressure on them for that to happen. The 18-year-old kid I met a few years ago is now a man, and a man with principles. To fight for kids very similar to him when he was a young kid is something very nice from Marcus

[…] The battle for the top four would be amazing if we all started with the same number of points but unfortunately that’s not the. It’s a strange battle to fight but it’s a street challenge, motivation. I will try not to look to that difference, I honestly cannot tell you the difference in points, we have to look at this incredible challenge in the way we have to do it. Every game we have to try and win. At the end of the nine matches, we will see what we did and our opponents did. Normally in this fight we don’t depend as much as we do on our exact opponents, but let’s focus on one match at a time and tomorrow is Manchester United and the points are there to fight for.

2020 06 19 Retrieve

[Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has hit out at the officiating of his side’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United in the Premier League] It was hard to manage the game. I am not happy with the penalty and not happy with the second penalty. I am unhappy with the VAR, not the referee on the first, the referee can make a mistake but VAR is there to do the job. Paul Pogba did his job. That is it. I think Jonathan Moss was also trying to do his job the best he could. I think the VAR is a different situation. In the second I am unhappy with Jon Moss because he did not give the free kick leading up to it and then gave a penalty. In this case, the VAR gave the truth

2020 06 19b Retrieve

[Mourinho says Spurs lack substitute options compared to Man Utd] Happy with things and unhappy with others. What did I like? I liked the team attitude, organisation, control, being solid. Giving to United what they don’t like. Unhappy with the fact that the way I was reading the game I had no bench to react to it. When they became more dominant we were tired up front and could not press

The players did fantastic work defensively - they had two dangerous shots that Hugo Lloris saved and nothing else. Everything else was under control. For 70 minutes, when we had the energy, we were strong with the ball and we knew what we wanted to do. I have to admit for the last 15 minutes I would love to have had Lucas Moura here, Dele Alli here. The last 15 minutes were difficult for us. Lucas and Dele are players we need and we could feel that today. When you look to their bench and then to ours the difference in attacking options. Hopefully, they will be back for West Ham because in this moment it is very, very important to change players.

It was not just Paul. They had Ighalo, they had Jesse, which is a guy who can change a game, Juan. That’s what the five changes can do when you have options

2020 06 19c Retrieve

[Mourinho plays down hopes of big signings at Tottenham] Every club has its own situation and philosophy and approach. I’m not expecting to be in position of great spending. I’m expecting my club to be very balanced and honest in that kind of approach. We know that we are going to be in the same league, in the same world, as clubs that are going to do completely different to us. We have examples already of clubs investing, making important movements in the market and we are still nine matches from the end of the season. But we are always going to be very balanced as Tottenham normally is. Would I expect us not to do anything and stay with exactly the same squad? My answer is no. I would expect us to do some little important things, if we do them, and improve in two, three positions. I am completely open to the changes, completely supportive of the owners and let’s go for it. In this moment, I’m not even thinking about that because I’m focused on these nine matches.

I don’t know if Tottenham was in on the Fernandes situation, I cannot confirm or deny. But it’s obvious for us that there is a certain level of options that they are not for us and we have to admit that, but that’s a normal situation. United bought Fernandes, Chelsea bought Werner and Ziyech - they can do what they want, it isn’t our problem. We focus on ourselves. We are going to improve our squad, in the way we can do it. No problem.

2020 06 23 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho has vowed to be patient with Harry Kane as the Tottenham striker bids to return to his normal level] Harry did amazing. I don’t think any player being six months without playing football and after an important surgery and after a very difficult period to recover because of the lockdown rules affected a lot the recovering of players, I think nobody could do better than what he did for the team

Seven goals in 10 matches [under Mourinho, prior to his injury] would give an average of 14 in 20. An average of 28 in 40. So we are there. But of course, now we have to wait

And just because of one game, in a fixture where the majority of the strikers in the Premier League struggle to show that sharpness, to show that quality that they all have, people only turn to Harry. Because Harry is special, because with Harry anything less than scoring a hat-trick is not good enough. But I’m not that way. I don’t analyse things that way. I’m very, very patient. He will have all the time he needs to recover to his normal level

[The Tottenham manager insists he won’t need to dip into the summer transfer window for reinforcements in the final third if everyone can stay fit] It’s fantastic. Tottenham always had a fantastic group of attacking players and in the January market Steven Bergwijn coming even improved that. Not just to be one more, but to be one more fantastic player with great ability. So now we have the six players available which is a very, very good attacking force that allows us to start the game and have players on the bench to make changes in case we have a need. All I can say is with six attacking players available in this moment, I don’t need [to sign] attacking players.

2020 06 24 Retrieve

[Mourinho denies rift with Tottenham outcast Ndombele] No. On the bench was Tanguy, was [Ryan] Sessegnon, Toby [Alderweireld], [Jan] Vertonghen. Who else? Gedson [Fernandes] and they didn’t play and that’s football. For me, there is nothing. I have attacking players on the bench, [Erik] Lamela and Harry [Winks], two great players to bring and then wings to give us more consistency. This situation of the five changes, some people maybe think that you have to do the five changes, you don’t have to do it, you have the chance to do it. I felt that the team was fine. I never believed that 2-0 was a completely safe result because of course they were trying everything and one goal could change our state of mind and give them the motivation they need for the last minutes so I decided to keep the team stable and three changes were enough

It’s not just him, I try to do the best for my team, I cannot start the game with 12 or 13 players, I try to do the best for the team. Sometimes I apologise to my players that are not my first choice because I feel the work in training is something that deserves more than what I give, but I have to do my job the best I can and I felt for these two matches I didn’t need him.

First of all, the three points were not important, they were crucial. I told the players that at half-time. Don’t think if we don’t win this match we still can think about chances because tonight is three points or nothing so three points fundamental, then great clean sheet

2020 06 24b Retrieve

[Paul Merson expressed doubts over whether Jose Mourinho is capable of getting the best out of his star striker] Dear Paul, I have lots of respect for you. I think Harry Kane has no problem at all to score goals in my teams, especially when he’s fit and fresh and has routines of playing. That’s my message to somebody I have lots of respect for

2020 07 01 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho hopeful Eric Dier will sign new Tottenham deal] Mr Levy tells me that he wants Eric to sign a new contract and Eric tells me he is more than happy here. He is more than happy with his situation, especially now that he feels that we have a certain idea for him and the team. He tells me that he wants very much to stay, so I hope they can find an agreement. I am trying to take the team in a certain direction and when I try to develop a player in the team, it’s because I’m waiting for the player to stay with us.

[Asked when he expects the FA to reach a verdict in relation to Dier’s case] I think they made the decision when Guendouzi grabbed the other guy by his neck. I think the decision was made in that moment. What do you want me to expect?

That is normal that a team qualifying or not qualifying for the Champions League makes a difference in terms of the economic situation. The two good things are that Mr Levy wants what I want - what the fans want - which is to win football matches and to try to win trophies. The second is that we don’t need many players, we don’t need huge investment. That’s not our profile as a club, with or without COVID[-19], with or without Champions League. I think we will manage to improve our squad

If I put myself in my day one and where my team was, and with everything that happened after that, I would say I would not be disappointed. The situation was incredible. But we are going to fight until we can. One objective is the points and the table, but we cannot forget the objective of working for the future, working for next season. We just want to play and see where we are at the end of the season. When the season is finished, we know that a couple of weeks later we are starting the pre-season, and then is the moment to fight.

2020 07 03 Retrieve

[On taking the helm at Old Trafford] [Rooney] is maybe not a No 9 anymore but, for me, he will never be a No 6. He will never be 50 yards from goal. Yes, he has a great pass but I have a great pass under no pressure

2020 07 03b Retrieve

[Jamie Redknapp slams VAR decision to rule out equaliser at Sheffield United] I’d like to but I can’t say what I think, I’ll be in trouble. I’ll be suspended. I don’t want to be. The one here is not the referee. The referee is hidden in some office. The referee is there

Any goal scored or created with the use of the hand or arm will be disallowed this season even if it is accidental. The handball rule now has extra clarity because it does not consider intent by a player

2020 07 03c Retrieve

[Sander Berge, Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie fired Sheffield United to a 3-1 win over Tottenham, as Spurs were left fuming after a VAR call denied Harry Kane an equaliser] I’d like to but I can’t say what I think, I’ll be in trouble. I’ll be suspended. I don’t want to be. The one here is not the referee. The referee is hidden in some office. The referee is there. This man on the pitch is not the referee. He doesn’t make the decisions. The main decisions in football now are made by the man in the office. I don’t speak with the assistant referee that was today with the whistle on the pitch

That’s the reality. I’m not telling anything that we football people know. The linesman makes a decision but of course technology made the decision in the office where they are. The decision on penalties, the decision on handballs, free-kicks. Everything is not made by the referee on the pitch, the referee on the pitch is not the referee

2020 07 04 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho says Tottenham finishing outside top six not the end of the world] I believe, but it is also possible that does not happen. And if that does not happen it is not the end of the world. If that does not happen, it is probably the beginning of a new world because things change

Change for you, change for other clubs. The squads they change. The motivations they change, the group dynamic changes. The group that possibly was strong 10 years is ago is not strong anymore. A player that was in the maximum of his motivation is not anymore and vice-versa. It is also possible that we don’t get into a top-six position. And if that happens of course we have to look at it not smiling, but we have to look at it with optimism and look at it with a professional profile of next season has to be different. Because if you analyse Tottenham for example last year, how many matches did Tottenham win away from home? When I arrived I think it was almost a year without an away victory. If it happens (finishing outside of the top six), it happens but we don’t want it to happen and we are going to fight for it not to happen

[Jose: Spurs lacked desire at Sheffield United] There was a lot in the game, there was a possibility of shortening distances to Champions League positions, there was the possibility of being more stable for the Europa League positions fight. I believed in the evolution of the team and I thought that by a desire point of view, they put more than us. That’s something that disturbs me. It’s something that I feel, I don’t know, that’s my way of being - it’s something that destroys me a little bit on the inside because I think the last thing in football is when you have the feeling you could, you should do more.

[Dele Alli is a doubt for Tottenham’s clash with Everton after picking up a hamstring injury in training] Something today in training with Dele Alli. I don’t think it’s big. I don’t really know what it is. The bad thing of press conference 48 hours before a game is another training session tomorrow. Hamstring, which is something he’s had problems with in the past, even in this season, and is always something that makes the medical department think about it. We all think that it’s nothing important. If you ask me in this moment I think he will be available but I don’t know.

2020 07 05 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho hits back at Arsenal following post apparently mocking Tottenham’s defeat to Sheffield United] I think if they were top of the league or fighting for top four in a really good moment they wouldn’t enjoy the problems of others. You only enjoy the problems of others when you are also in trouble. In the end it says more about them, they don’t have much to celebrate, they have to get every opportunity to do it. They are in a very similar situation to us in the table. I don’t like to connect the club with some post or tweet. Maybe I am wrong, maybe I am right, but the person that did it probably did it by themselves. I don’t believe it was (Mikel) Arteta that posted, I don’t believe it was (Granit) Xhaka or another captain that did it. It was probably some guy that was at home for three months working from home. No problem at home, but we will be waiting for them.

2020 07 05b Retrieve

[The England international, who has a history of such problems, sustained the issue on Saturday, but Jose Mourinho does not know if he will be fit] Something today in training with Dele Alli. I don’t think it’s big. I don’t really know what it is. Hamstring, which is something he’s had problems with in the past, even in this season, and is always something that makes the medical department think about it

2020 07 07 Retrieve

[Heung-Min Son, Hugo Lloris bust-up labelled ‘beautiful’ by Jose Mourinho] It’s beautiful. It’s a consequence, probably, of our meetings. If you want to blame somebody for that, it’s me. I was critical of my boys because they are not in my opinion critical enough with themselves, I asked them to demand more from others, I asked them to put their colleagues under the pressure of the team spirit you have to give. It was a situation where an amazing kid, who everybody loves, Sonny, the captain [Lloris] thought he had to do more for the team and give a different effort. There were a couple of bad words, but I think it was something very important for the team to grow up, for that to happen you need to demand more of each other and be strong personalities. At half-time, I said when I saw the reaction I had no doubts they would stick together until the end

[Jose: No interest in the Fair Play Cup] A team of good boys, a team of nice boys, the only thing they can win at the end of the season is the Fair Play Cup. Something I have never won and have no interest in winning that. You have to have certain characteristics. I don’t like a team without communication in a critical way. What happened should not happen on the pitch, it should happen inside the dressing room, but I promise you my winning teams we had big fights, big fights in the team. When I was arriving (in the dressing room) I saw the back of it, everything was over and they were hugging each other. In the last minute of the first half it ended with a Richarlison shot, Hugo thought that in that minute of the game attacking players should do a little bit more. Hugo was arguing with Son and Son with him, I wanted to make sure the players understood I was happy with that. When I told them that I think they realised that nothing was wrong

2020 07 07b Retrieve

[Michael Keane’s own goal gave Tottenham a scrappy 1-0 win over Everton to dent the Toffees’ European hopes] When you need points like we need, when the previous match was so bad and left us with negative feelings, which attract a bit of pressure, it was a solid performance against a very good team. The way we controlled the game defensively was magnificent

It’s beautiful! It’s a consequence, probably, of our meetings. If you want to blame somebody for that, it’s me. I was critical of my boys because they are not in my opinion critical enough with themselves, I asked them to demand more from others, I asked them to put their colleagues under the pressure of the team spirit you have to give

It was a situation where an amazing kid, who everybody loves, Sonny, the captain thought he had to do more for the team and give a different effort. A couple of bad words, but I think it was something very important for the team to grow up, for that to happen you need to demand more of each other and be strong personalities. At half-time, I said when I saw the reaction I had no doubts they would stick together until the end

2020 07 09 Retrieve

[Spurs show fighting spirit to please Jose] It’s beautiful. It’s a consequence, probably, of our meetings. If you want to blame somebody for that, it’s me. I was critical of my boys because they are not in my opinion critical enough with themselves, I asked them to demand more from others, I asked them to put their colleagues under the pressure of the team spirit you have to give

2020 07 09b Retrieve

[Eric Dier: Jose Mourinho criticises decision to give Tottenham midfielder four-game ban] My feeling is that in the majority of the cases, football is not protected by the people that are powerful and doesn’t belong to this world. That’s simply my feeling. Powerful people - that doesn’t belong to the tribe. And they don’t have the feelings. They don’t have the know-how, and it’s very, very difficult to lead something when you don’t have a clue about the world that you are leading

I don’t think so honestly because if you appeal, you have other risks and let’s at least start next season without a suspension. We all know how it works with these FA decisions. You have access to the record of successful appeals and unsuccessful appeals… I don’t think we are going to appeal

[Mourinho, who also says the fan would be welcome back at the stadium once gates are open] The fan had the opportunity to meet the player, had the opportunity to apologise to the player, had the opportunity to understand that we are very well paid but we are not robots. We are very well paid but we have families and friends that support us in the stadiums. So I think it was a good opportunity for that fan to turn his profile and become a different fan. It was Dier’s own decision to do it, because the person in this case, first of all, is a Tottenham fan and was sorry about what happened. The way I was told he had the dignity to want to apologise to him. It was a nice thing that, in normal circumstances, especially after saying that he never felt under threat at any moment of the situation, would be enough for a fair decision.

[Speaking on Dier’s move from midfield into central defence] We made a decision together. I told him immediately since my arrival, ‘Let’s go in a certain direction but I think you are not ready, so let’s try to go back to a certain level being a midfielder but always with an eye of transforming you as a centre-back’, which is where he feels happiest. He is very comfortable on the ball, the building up of play and without any kind of problem attacking the space in front of him -being an extra man and building up play in the midfield. I think he is doing very well, we look forward to next season where from the beginning I have no doubts he will be there as a centre-back. I think he is going to be an important player for us.

[When asked about the severity of Alli’s injury] Small but he’s not ready for tomorrow. He had a little history with hamstring injuries last season so he has to be careful. We can’t risk it when you know that he has a little problem there, so tomorrow he is out

2020 07 09c Retrieve

[Bournemouth’s hopes of avoiding relegation remain in the balance after Callum Wilson’s last-gasp strike was ruled out by VAR for handball in their 0-0 draw with Tottenham] The game had the most important moment - you know when, you know who - and I don’t want to say anything more in relation to that because everyone knows and I don’t need to say much more. Everybody knows. The same referee that was the VAR against Sheffield United. In the world, everybody knows that is a penalty. And I say everybody, I mean everybody. It’s not just my opinion, everyone in the world, everybody knows that is a penalty. And when I say everybody, I say everybody, everybody

I am not saying that Harry Kane scores 100 per cent of his penalties, but it is very very high. Normally at minute five we would be winning 1-0 against a team in trouble, I think the game would be completely. Like Sheffield, the man of the match was not one of the players. But at Sheffield I could blame myself and the players, today I could not do that different.

The performance was not good enough, but good enough to win. I am not saying a strong performance or a sharp one but good enough to win. In a way they surprised us with the way they played, since Bournemouth were in the Premier League I don’t remember them playing the way they did, but that is an option for them because they have a point they wanted. But I think we were not sharp, we were dominant behind, it was an easy game behind but then lack of sharpness in attacking areas. I made changes, I think the changes helped improve the game in the last part of the game, but we didn’t score goals and you don’t win when you don’t score goals.

2020 07 10 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho says Tottenham need to rediscover cutting edge] We want to keep our defensive organisation as it is giving us good numbers but we’re not scoring enough goals. We’re not being dangerous and attack-minded enough despite all the attacking players on the pitch. At the moment there is a contradiction between the amount of attacking players we have on the pitch and our production. We are arriving in good positions, we have good percentages of ball possession and spend the majority of the time in the opponent’s half. But there is no sharpness or objective - there’s too many touches, we’re not clear or aggressive or making sharp killer decisions

We cannot get any better players than what we have. I like them all. It’s one thing to say we are not scoring enough goals but another to say my players are not good enough - and my players are very good. So in relation to the transfer market - I don’t want to replace my attacking players.

[Oliver has been the VAR official in Spurs’ last two away games, where there were controversial decisions in both] I cannot speak about it, I don’t like to speak about it. I feel free to comment on the referee performances after the performances but I don’t like and I know from a legal point of view I can’t make comment before matches.

[Mourinho believes the referees and VAR officials should be made accessible after the games to explain their decisions] I think you should have access to them, I think you should have access to them to ask directly why. It is very important. They are very important in the game, I think so. It would stop nothing, make things much more open, much more clear. It would give the ref the chance to say, ‘Yes, I made a mistake - I feel sorry for that’, or ‘Yes I had incredible performance’.

2020 07 10 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho exclusive: I want to see my Tottenham against Arsenal] Maybe some of the boys want something different. When I am in a club, I like to be one of them and I like to feel what my people feel. It’s a new feeling for me when I move from club to club, but I learn that feeling very, very fast. I would say that the moment I put my foot in a club for the first time, I learn it automatically. So yes, I am one of them. In this case, one of us, which is Tottenham people. What is important for the fans is important for me

It was a moment where Benfica was really living a difficult moment and Sporting were the champion. We were going to the match with the whole country thinking that the champion would dominate the derby, but we won, and we won in such a fantastic way

[What, then, does he want to see from his players against Arsenal?] My mentality. I want the team to be a reflection of what the coach is. When that happens, that’s when you feel, ‘This is really my team’. This is something that is not a finger click. It’s a process. But if you have that feeling that it is your team even when you lose matches - because you will always lose matches - then that is when you are really happy.

The world changes, society changes, young people change. Everything changes and there is no way back. But we have to adapt to the new world. We have to adapt to the new football that, I keep saying, is not on the pitch, it’s the new football outside the pitch. We need to adapt to it, but when we believe strongly in something, we cannot give up and just play the safe side of it, just by saying that these are new times. When you really believe in something, you have to fight for it

To come mid-season to a team in this situation is not easy. I think it’s good, in relation to next season, because it helps you to prepare. But for the moment it’s not a very easy situation, especially for myself as this is only the second time I have done it in my career.

I think it’s a similar process to us. A coach that comes mid-season, trying to do things now that help the team to get a position in the table but that he can also transfer to the next season. So when they change system, when they go with four at the back or five, when they go with two in the middle or three, when they go with [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang as a nine or on the left, I think it’s a normal process of a team in this situation. Lately, they have found a way of playing that has given them very good results and I think this is the kind of feeling that a manager likes to have, because then probably the manager says, ‘Okay, this is working and it’s something that I must keep for the future.’ I think you have to look to the future and that’s what we are all doing.

2020 07 12 Retrieve

There was a little bit more sharpness and aggression and in the transitions that we had, I think we could score a couple more goals but, to be honest, I think it would be unfair, a bigger difference than one goal, because the game was really hard. We are happy because we made the fans happy, because we are still in the fight for a Europa League position. I know that Chelsea and Liverpool they didn’t help us at all, but this is about us, we must do the points and we lost some important points. But now, there are nine to fight for

I’ve changed clubs a few times in my career and I could never say I was born a Manchester United fan or a Tottenham fan or Chelsea fan. I was not, I was born a Setubal fan. But in every club that I move to, I wear the shirt, I feel the spirit and I feel what is important to the fans. I know how important for Tottenham fans this victory is, especially because this season is not a season with many occasions to enjoy it. I’m very happy for that but I have to have a little bit more ambition than to win a north London derby. We want to play in the Europa League and we are going to fight until the last minute of the game against Crystal Palace to reach that

2020 07 13 Retrieve

[Arsenal’s progress under Mikel Arteta undermined by defence] I think Mikel found a way for them to be stable and they are improving. And then we found our chances.

2020 07 13b Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho tasted victory in his first north London derby as Tottenham came from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 on Sunday] The game was more tactical than anything. I think Mikel [Arteta] found a way for them to play, to be stable and to improve - they are improving and we felt that we should adapt slightly to them and I think we did it very well. I think during the game nobody thought about it, even myself I didn’t, but Arsenal had 48 hours more than us to rest, so it was hard but come from their hearts this effort, this battle. Even in the last minutes of the game after 2-1, zero problems, everything under control so we are happy. We are happy because we made the fans happy, we are happy because we are still in the fight to win a Europa League position.

2020 07 14 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho says Tottenham will give Serge Aurier the time he needs to grieve] In this moment, what myself and other people at the club have spoken to him about is just about supporting a person that had a tragic moment within the family. Everyone is different. People react in different ways so we are going to respect 100 per cent Serge’s decisions. [There is] no pressure from us. This afternoon, after training, we will have a better idea of what he wants to do

[Ndombele and Alli doubtful with injuries] Yesterday in training, Ndombele was injured. I don’t think he will be selected but we have another training session. Dele Alli may be training with us in the afternoon but I also don’t believe that he can be [available]. Serge Aurier, of course, is a big question mark at this moment. Every player is part of my plans. Every one. I don’t give up on players. No player has a privilege. Every player is for me the same. [There is] no problem at all.

[No decision made on Rose’s future] No decision is made. To be honest, since he left I have not spoken with him. His feelings are important. His happiness is important. I think Steve Bruce and Newcastle also deserve to have an important word on this situation. He is our player and he has a contract so everything is open. We have three more matches in the next couple of weeks. After that there will be plenty of time to make decisions.

2020 07 15 Retrieve

[Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has branded the decision to fine Man City but overturn their European ban disgraceful and a disaster] If Manchester City is not guilty of it, to be punished by some million is a disgrace. If you’re not guilty you’re not punished. In the other way, if you’re guilty you should be banned. In any case, it’s a disaster. I’m not saying Manchester City is guilty. I’m saying if you’re not guilty you don’t pay. Even with a pound

I know that money is quite easy for them but still. If you’re guilty you should be banned from the competition. I’m nobody to know if they’re guilty or not. My criticism is for the decision.

I think it is going to be the end of Financial Fair Play because there is no point. In this moment, we are speaking about Manchester City but in the past other clubs were in a similar situation and you know the results of it. So I think it is better to open the circus door and let everybody enjoy and go inside for free and come out again. Do it with freedom.

2020 07 16 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho has asked why other managers are not questioned on team selection] Look, that is a question you normally do to me but you do not do to Frank Lampard, to Jurgen Klopp, to Pep [Guardiola], to all the coaches of the big clubs with big players. Frank Lampard plays [Christian] Pulisic, you don’t ask him why he doesn’t start [Callum] Hudson-Odoi or something. When Pep Guardiola plays someone and Bernardo Silva is on the bench, you never ask about Bernardo Silva. It looks like I am the only guy that has to play 15 players from the start, or I am the only guy who doesn’t have the right to have good players on the bench. If I start with Bergwijn today, you would now be asking me what Lucas [Moura] has to do to start, what [Heung-Min] Son has to do to start. They have to do nothing. They have to be team players and team players are player that start that go on the bench, that come in for half-an-hour, that come in for one minute

How many times has Nuno [Espirito Santo] left [Adama] Traore on the bench to win matches in the last 30 minutes. You don’t ask Nuno why Traore is on the bench and why he’s playing [Diogo] Jota or [Daniel] Podence or [Leander] Dendoncker. It’s just me. So he doesn’t have to do anything else, he’s a team player. He plays for Tottenham and if Tottenham wants to try and compete against the best teams, Tottenham cannot have 11 good players, they need more and we’ll have them on the bench

Against Arsenal, it was a bit of the same. We conceded and after that, the reaction was automatic and I think it’s what you need. I don’t like to hide things from the players, I try to always be very honest with them even if it’s something they don’t like, and I am a great motivator but I told them ‘I know you are tired and I know you only have energy in your brain, not in your legs. Your body is dead, but your brain is not and it is there you have to go and get your energy’ and I think the players were fantastic in this. I am so happy that no injuries are coming because it wouldn’t be a surprise for me with the players who are playing almost every minute of every game. 12 more days then finally they have a holiday and hopefully we manage to get a Europa League spot. It was the fourth match with two days in between and to manage to do 10 points in these four matches is what keeps us in the fight [for the Europa League]

[Kane notched up his 200th club career goal in the victory] He’s a young guy. If you feel 200 goals at this age with the remaining years he has in front of him, it is very normal that he speaks about going for 200 more. He is a fantastic player, a top goalscorer, he’s young and he has a lot in front of him. So I’m with him, let’s go for 200 more

2020 07 16b Retrieve

[Harry Kane’s double took him past 200 club career goals as Tottenham earned a hard-fought 3-1 win at Newcastle to keep their Europa League qualifying hopes alive] I am so happy that no injuries are coming because it wouldn’t be a surprise for me with the players who are playing almost every minute of every game. Twelve more days and finally they have a holiday and hopefully we manage to get a Europa League spot. It was the fourth match with two days in between and to manage to do 10 points in these four matches is what keeps us in the fight [for the Europa League]

2020 07 17 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho: Tottenham are better than Europa League level] I think Spurs would be even better than that without all the problems that we had. No other team had even similar problems. In the most difficult moments of the season, I was speaking about just surviving to leave us in a position where we could eventually fight for that. The fact that we are fourth [in the form table] since my arrival, without [Hugo] Lloris, Harry Kane, [Moussa] Sissoko and Son, is a good reflection of the potential that we have and the work we are doing. The minimum we deserve is to finish in a position that keeps us in European football, a competition that is not our level, we are better than that. Football is not about what you deserve, it is about what you get. We need to win these two matches now.

In quite a funny way, I’m telling the players: Two more victories to win the Europa League. I know it is not like that and the Europa League is a long competition and has some good teams, some from the Champions League, which makes it really difficult. It’s just a feeling to try to motivate the boys because our level is Champions League. I’m just trying to motivate the troops. It’s not possible that Sheffield United, Wolves or Arsenal have more motivation than us to get one of these spots. To play in the Europa League is good, you can rotate players and it’s a fantastic experience for younger people who for them, Champions League comes too early.

I’m not looking to that fight. I don’t know mathematically what is possible for them. They (Leicester and Manchester United) play the last game, I don’t know if things can be decided there. If United do it, they will do it by playing very well in the second part of the season. When you play well, you deserve. On top of that, everyone knows they were a bit lucky, more than one time. Luck that others didn’t have. That luck

2020 07 17b Retrieve

[Oliver Skipp signs new Tottenham deal] In his mind he wants to go on loan, [for] six months, the whole season. He feels that he needs that, I also feel that would be good for his evolution, so maybe that is the direction we go. I think he can be more than a player, he can be a future captain here.