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Mourinho speak on Alli’s major distraction.


Alli returned to the Spurs first team squad for their FA Cup thriller against Everton, playing the final 13 minutes of normal time plus extra time as Mourinho’s side lost 5-4.

Jose Mourinho has admitted that it is possible Dele Alli was distracted by rumours linking him with a move away from Tottenham in January.


Mourinho had made it his mission to recapture Alli’s previous form when he took the Spurs hot seat in November 2019, with his famous ‘are you Dele or Dele’s brother?’ quip.

However, the England international has since found himself frozen out of the Spurs first team, featuring just four times in the Premier League during the 2020/21 campaign.

He was linked with a reunion with former boss Mauricio Pochettino at PSG in January, but Spurs blocked the move – a decision that, as revealed by NoRM‘s known Media, left Alli furious.


“There’s nothing to speak about anymore,” Mourinho told the Evening Standard. “It’s possible that he was distracted, yeah.

Mourinho has admitted transfer talk may have distracted Alli | Visionhaus/Getty Images

“It depends on the player’s mentality, how much the player is influenced by and follows the media and social media. I don’t know in his personal case. But I was expecting that this story is over. Now it’s about him working to be back in the team, to have minutes.”

Alli returned to the Spurs first team squad for their FA Cup thriller against Everton, playing the final 13 minutes of normal time plus extra time as Mourinho’s side lost 5-4.

He last started in the Premier League on the opening day of the season against Everton, and Mourinho has called on Alli to make his case for his inclusion in the Spurs starting XI on the pitch.


“When you are on the pitch, you have to show how good you are and how much you deserve to play,” the Tottenham boss added. “It’s very simple. So in this moment, everything is normal with him. He’s fit, he’s training.”

Alli will be attempting to force his way into the Spurs squad ahead of Saturday’s trip to highflying Manchester City – a side they beat 2-0 back in the heady days of November.



Tottenham eases pressure on Mourinho amid Kane’s return.


Tottenham needed a win in style to try and resurrect their Premier League campaign, to at least give themselves a chance of battling for top four instead of battling Arsenal for top ten.

From Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Every football fan likes to believe their club is truly unique – that theirs is the most special among the seven hundred trillion teams that exist on this planet.

A quote had been doing the rounds among Tottenham fans recently from the great Danny Blanchflower, who insisted that football is about playing with style.

Harry Kane scored on his return from injury | Pool/Getty Images

Obviously, it’s being pushed as anti-Mourinho rhetoric. But, again, there are few teams who have ever had philosophies of playing boring football.


But the first line of the pre-match video that blared out on the big screens at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (who are they doing this for again?) has perhaps best summed up Spurs’ recent woes.

“Can you see it, this display of courage?”

Tottenham haven’t played with courage in weeks. They’ve been totally devoid of confidence, ideas, and above all, winning. That should’ve been the first aim.

Thankfully, that was the case in Sunday’s 2-0 victory against West Brom. From the off, Spurs played with a zip and purpose, a swagger in their step and a visible desire to win.


As Tottenham started stuffing the losses column in the table in recent weeks thanks to a series of diabolical displays, all fans wanted was some hope that this wasn’t the ‘new normal’.

That wasn’t so hard was it, mate? | Julian Finney/Getty Images

Though the majority of Jose Mourinho’s tenure has been blighted by bad football, it hasn’t always been the case.


In the autumn, Spurs put five past Southampton, six past Manchester United and three past West Ham while dominating from back to front.

But then they conceded three goals to the Hammers in the last ten minutes. Then Mourinho shut up shop for good. It was the last time Spurs looked exciting in the Premier League until today.

A defeat at home to West Brom may have spelled the end for Mourinho at Spurs – there was a real doomsday feeling after the loss vs Chelsea on Thursday – and failure to put away one of the worst sides in the league would have been the ultimate nail in the coffin.


Tottenham needed a win in style to try and resurrect their Premier League campaign, to at least give themselves a chance of battling for top four instead of battling Arsenal for top ten.

Spurs actually tried playing football on Sunday | Pool/Getty Images

The returning Harry Kane looked sharp and dangerous, Son Heung-min found his shooting boots again, and the decision to start Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela helped Spurs find their way around a typically deep Sam Allardyce side. There’s a map for Tottenham to navigate their way out of this crisis and they’ve started following it just before fatal disaster.

Granted, it is only West Brom, but you have to start somewhere and can only beat what’s in front of you – Wednesday’s FA Cup tie with Everton will serve as the greater litmus test for their hopes this season.

Spurs have had a game like this in their locker for a long time. Every team does – it’s football, no club side loses forever. You have good games and you have bad games, but Tottenham quite obviously have the resources to play well and win on a far more consistent basis – this victory served as the reminder.


It’s not that every team has a divine right to win and play football. It’s that any team can.

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Mourinho ‘can’t accomodate further excuse’ from Bale.


Steven Bergwijn started the game and Lucas Moura was the man brought on to replace him, and Bale didn’t even get garbage-time minutes as it was Davinson Sanchez and Carlos Vinicius brought on to run the clock down in stoppage time.

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho is said to be growing tired of Welsh winger Gareth Bale, who has been out on the fringes at the club ever since returning in September.


It was emotional to see Bale return to his former side on loan from Real Madrid, where he had been marginalised under Zinedine Zidane, but things haven’t really been much better back at Spurs.

Injuries and a lack of form have restricted Bale to just 12 appearances in all competitions this season, four of which have come in the Premier League, and things hit a new low when a now-deleted video on Spurs TV appeared to catch Mourinho saying: “You want to stay here? Or go to Real Madrid and play no football?”

According to NoRM‘s known Media, Mourinho was speaking to assistant manager Joao Sacramento about a talk he had held with Bale recently, with the boss unconvinced by the Welshman’s performances since returning to the club.

It is claimed that Mourinho wasn’t exactly a fan of bringing Bale back to London as he felt Spurs already had enough options out wide, and there seemed to be evidence of that as Bale remained glued to the bench in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Sheffield United


Mourinho appeared to send a subtle message to Bale and exiled midfielder Dele Alli after the game, praising goalscorer Tanguy Ndombele for his reaction to criticism and ability to fight his way back into the boss’ plans.

“I have enough experience to say when a player is not playing very well, it is his responsibility,” Mourinho said. “When a player turns things around and brings his performances to a very high level it is also his responsibility. It is a great example that the door is open.



Mourinho mutes on whether or not Dele Alli will remain in Tottenham.


A reunion with Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain has been mooted, but Mourinho remained tight lipped when probed about his future ahead of Spurs’ Premier League clash with Sheffield United.

Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho would not comment on the future of Dele Alli in his latest press conference, amid continued speculation that a loan move away from north London is on the cards.

The 37-cap England international has been a peripheral figure at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium throughout the 2020/21 season, despite initially recapturing his best form after Mourinho succeeded Mauricio Pochettino as boss in November 2019.

Dele has played just 12 games in all competitions, but crucially has appeared just four times in the Premier League.

Instead, he has seen the majority of his action in second string Tottenham sides used in the Europa League, and played just 65 minutes of the FA Cup third round tie against eighth tier Marine before he was sacrificed for Gareth Bale.


“It’s not a question that I’m comfortable to answer you,” Mourinho said. “Of course, I will know how to answer you. But I’m not ready to answer, I’m not ready to make public my my vision of the situation. I’m sorry about that, but I’m not going to answer.

When asked whether Spurs would like to replace any player who leaves, Mourinho remained defiant – suggesting the remark put to him was merely another way to get an answer about where Dele’s future may lie.


“You are asking that question in a general way. But you are, of course, speaking about Dele so the question that you are asking me is if I would let that go without getting a player in exchange? And I’m not going to answer that question to you.

Tottenham Hotspur Manager, Jose Mourinho and Dele Alli

Mourinho then fielded questions around Dele’s general happiness, after a picture posted on the player’s Instagram page after the midweek draw against Fulham suggested the 24-year-old was rather fed up with life.

The Portuguese boss simply said that every dressing room has players who aren’t pleased with their situation, but some choose to react and behave differently to others.


“I think in every dressing room are unhappy players. For sure, if any one of my tribe tells you that in his dressing room are only happy players, I don’t think is true. Or somebody is so so lucky to have a miracle in his hands, because I believe that in every dressing room, there are unhappy players.

“Then you can have an unhappy professional and the unhappy professional is the one that is unhappy, but feels that his duty is to work, work, work and work. And there is the unhappy that believes that is not his job, to fight and to work every minute for the squad and for the club. But unhappy players you have everywhere in every club. I promise you that.”

Mourinho concluded with a word on Bale, who has failed to hit the ground running during his loan spell back at the club after a succession of injuries. Again though, he remained coy on specifics, and instead praised the Welshman’s character by speaking fondly of him as a person.

“Gareth Bale is a player I always loved. In fact, he went to Real Madrid one season later because I spoke with with the president when when I was there.


He is a guy that I like very much as a person, is a really really nice guy and a dressing room. The reasons why he didn’t reach in this period the level that Tottenham supporters remember him is a complex, complex answer.

“I believe that if Gareth was here on my side we could we do try to speak a little bit about it, but just by myself I’m not comfortable.



Tottenham’s draw against Fulham gets Mourinho ‘yelling’


Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho was left hugely frustrated after seeing his side held to a 1-1 draw by Fulham and miss the chance to climb up to third in the Premier League.

Spurs took the lead midway through the first half as Harry Kane headed home a wonderful cross from Sergio Reguilon, but some sloppy finishing (and a fantastic showing from Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola) kept the visitors alive.


Spurs’ profligacy was punished late on as Ivan Cavaleiro responded with a header of his own, and Mourinho was left to field questions about Spurs’ failure to push on and see off yet another opponent.

“Not good enough, but good enough to win,” Mourinho said of Spurs’ performance (via football.london).


“Not good enough because I think we have to play better in a more consistent way, but good enough to create four or five big chances, good enough to give Hugo in a very quiet evening.
Good enough to win the game but not good enough because we have to play better than we did.

“I understand that in the first half we had chances to kill the game. Some of them are Areola’s responsibility. In the second half we had the biggest chance to kill the game but when you don’t do it you cannot concede goals the way we did do it.

“This is the same story basically since the beginning of the season. We can talk about not killing the game yes, we can speak about that, and today was a clear situation where we could and should have killed the game in the first half but then you go back to the goals that we concede and it’s not also easy to assimilate that.


“I think there are things [to do with the goals Spurs have conceded] that have to be with the characteristics of players. There are things that are difficult too. There are some things they have to do with organisation of the team, but other things they have to do with individual skills, individual ability, and its as simple as that.”

It was a performance which also left midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg frustrated, with the Dane questioning Spurs’ lack of bravery yet again.

“Very disappointing,” said Hojbjerg (via the Daily Mail). “We have to do better in a couple of aspects of the game. More bravery, more focus in terms of organising the team and being solid as a team.

“That doesn’t mean you have to stand in your own box and defend, it means the team is compact, the team is close to each other. I had a chance, I had to score. There are many details we have to do better.


“I’m happy there is a game in three days again so we can show a reaction, show we are better than this. We are ready to go again, and of course heads are high.

“There’s a long way to go. We’re still very ambitious. We’re still very solid and very hungry as a team. We’ll keep going.”



Official should be made to explain every decision on field – Mourinho


Jose Mourinho believes match officials should be obliged to explain their decisions after his Tottenham Hotspur side were involved in more VAR controversy this week.

Mourinho was left baffled after Harry Kane was denied what looked a clear penalty early on in the 0-0 draw at Bournemouth on Thursday, even though it was referred to the VAR officials.

On the same night Bruno Fernandes earned Manchester United a penalty at Aston Villa despite appearing to tread on Ezri Konsa’s leg. Tottenham were also denied a Kane goal at Sheffield United after VAR ruled that Lucas Moura had used his arm despite the Brazilian being fouled and falling to the floor.


Michel Oliver was the VAR referee on both of the Tottenham incidents and he will be the on-pitch official on Sunday when Spurs host Arsenal in the north London derby.

Mourinho preferred not to discuss Oliver during his news conference on Friday, but said officials should be forced to speak to managers to explain decisions.

“I don’t know who the VAR was at Villa, in our match was Paul (Tierney) (as) the referee on the pitch and the referee boss was Michael Oliver. I think you should have access to them, I know the rules don’t allow it,” Mourinho said.

“I think you should have access to them – to ask directly why… They are very important in the game. A game is players, managers, referees.

“It would make things much more open, much more clear. It would give the referee the opportunity to say, ‘Yes, I made a mistake – I feel sorry for that’, or ‘Yes I had incredible performance’, or ‘Yes I was perfect’.”

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Awful day for Mourinho’s side, final Score ‘Sheffield 3-1 Tottenham



Awful day for Mourinho’s side, final Score ‘Sheffield 3-1 Tottenham


Game is over and the final score is Sheff Utd 3-1 Tottenham. Here is the match report.

2019/2020 Premier League
Berge (31′)
Mousset (69′)
McBurnie (84′)
Kane (90′)

Match Events

0′ Players are warming up before the game

0′ The match is about to start!

0′ Players go down on their knees to support Black Lives Matter movement

23′ CLOSE! Kane’s shot wide out

28′ Sissoko’s shot stopped by keeper!

31′ GOAL! Sheff Utd 1-0 Tottenham (Berge)

33′ Goooal… No! Kane’s goal disallowed after VAR review

45′ CHANCE! Lucas header over the bar

56′ Subs! Lamela in, Bergwijn out

61′ McGoldrick’s shot just wide out

69′ GOAL! Sheff Utd 2-0 Tottenham (Mousset)


71′ Subs! Ndombele replaces Sissoko

77′ OFFSIDE! Kane’s goal disallowed

84′ GOAL! Sheff Utd 3-0 Tottenham (McBurnie)

90′ GOAL! Sheff Utd 3-1 Tottenham (Kane)



Sheff Utd XI: McGoldrick, Basham, Stevens, Baldock, Norwood, Robinson, Egan, Osborn, Dean Henderson, McBurnie, Berge

Subs: Jagielka, Sharp, Rodwell, Moore, Freeman, Mousset, Zivkovic

Tottenham XI: Lloris, Sissoko, Son, Lucas, Aurier, Kane, Ben Davies, Dier, Sanchez, Bergwijn, Lo Celso

Subs: Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Lamela, Gazzaniga, Alli, Winks, Ndombele, Skipp, Gedson Fernandes.

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Tottenham ends Final score 2 – 0 West Ham



Lo Celso for Bruno Ferdnandes? No Deal! – Mourinho


Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho insists he would not swap Giovani Lo Celso for Bruno Fernandes after Spurs missed out on signing the Portuguese playmaker last summer.

The north London club were heavy favourites to sign Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon during last summer’s transfer window, with the player claiming that he agreed a deal to join Spurs.

However, Sporting and Spurs failed to agree on the player’s value, which saw Fernandes join Manchester United for £68million in January while Tottenham landed Lo Celso on a season-long loan last summer under Mauricio Pochettino – who was in charge of the club at the time.


Lo Celso has since made his loan move from Real Betis permanent, with Mourinho giving the thumbs up to complete the £27m deal.

While both players have flourished in the Premier League, it is Fernandes that has stolen the limelight having been directly involved in eight goals in as many appearances while his energetic performances has given United a new lease of life.

Asked whether he regrets Tottenham missing out on Fernandes last summer, Mourinho told Sky Sports: ‘I don’t know anything about that, but if that is true, and if Giovani Lo Celso was the player that came to Spurs [instead of Bruno Fernandes], then I would say I wouldn’t change Giovani Lo Celso for any player.

‘[I wouldn’t swap Lo Celso] for any player. It’s not just for Bruno, but for any player.’


Lo Celso initially struggled to find his feet earlier in the season under Pochettino, but has since gone on to become a key part of Mourinho’s plans.

The Portuguese boss has praised Lo Celso’s positive attitude and feels there is a lot more to come from his Argentine maestro, who is currently playing through injury.

Mourinho added: ‘I came to the club and he wasn’t playing. I think the only match he started was Red Star Belgrade away in the Champions League – apart from that he was not playing. When I arrived I went in other directions and he did exactly what I love a player to do: “I’m going to show you”.

‘[There was] no spoiled kid reactions, no crying, no moaning, no agents and family throwing messages to the press and to the social media. It was just between him and me: “I’m going to show you”, and he showed me step-by-step.

‘He’s working with lots of different conditions to try to play and to try to resist until the end of the season so what you see from Gio now is not the end product – he’s a fantastic player for us.’

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I think it is privilege working with him’ – Lloris hails Mourinho

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has heaped praise on manager Jose Mourinho, saying it’s ‘a privilege’ to talk to him on a daily basis.


In an interview on French Eurosport with former rugby player Christian Califano, Lloris spoke about how although Mourinho is often seen to be a controversial figure, he gets to see his true demeanour.

‘He’s great. He’s a character. So of course, through the media, you can have preconceived ideas, but when you get in touch with him on a daily basis, inside a training centre… I think it’s a privilege,’ said the Frenchman.

‘He’s coached so many great teams, so many great players. He’s got a lot of experience and a lot of trophies in his cupboard.


‘When you’re a player, I think it’s a chance to be at his side because there’s so much to learn.’

During his career, Mourinho has won a lot of Europe’s top tier trophies. Domestically, he has three Premier League trophies, two Primeira Liga titles, two Serie A titles, and a La Liga title, and has also won the main cup competition in England, Portugal, Spain, and Italy.

He also won the Champions League with Inter Milan and Porto and is the only manager to win the trophy with two different clubs, and he has a Europa League title with Manchester United.

Mourinho joined Tottenham in 2019, replacing Mauricio Pochettino. When the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Spurs were in eighth place, seven points off a top four spot.


Mourinho and a number of Tottenham players have come under fire for appearing to break social distancing rules during lockdown.

The Spurs boss was called out for hosting a one on one training session with Tanguy Ndombele, and players such as Moussa Sissoko and Serge Aurier were criticised after training closely together.

The club also courted controversy after the decision to take advantage of the government’s Job Retention Scheme, which would have seen the salaries of some non-playing staff paid by the taxpayer, before reversing the decision.



Mourinho line up double swap for Chelsea’s Giroud, Willian.

Tottenham Hotspur have deals ready for Chelsea duo Olivier Giroud and Willian, whose contracts will both be up at the end of the current season.

Giroud came close to leaving Chelsea in January over a lack of appearances, and despite an increase in game time, he has still been tipped to walk away, while Willian’s negotiations over a new deal have hit a wall over his pursuit of a three-year contract.

As it stands, both players will walk away from Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, and a source has confirmed to 90min that Spurs have already got contracts ready to offer the duo once they are permitted to do so.

Clubs in England must wait until one month before a contract expiry date before they can approach an impending free agent who is based in England, and Spurs have already planned out their proposals to both Giroud and Willian.

José Mourinho sees the pair as potential shrewd additions to his squad as they would add both experience and quality to his current group of players, and the fact that they would be available for free makes them even more appealing.

Giroud came close to joining Spurs in January as an emergency replacement for the injured Harry Kane, but Chelsea eventually blocked the move. However, Spurs still remain keen and are ready to offer him the multi-year deal which he is looking for.

Mourinho’s need for a new striker was emphasised after Kane went down, with makeshift strikers like Dele Alli and Lucas Moura struggling to fill the void left by the Englishman’s injury.

As for Willian, Spurs believe that he wants to stay in London and are hopeful that they can fend off interest from fellow suitors Arsenal, who have also been alerted to the Brazilian’s desire to stay in the capital.

Willian recently confessed that his priority is to remain in the Premier League, but he also insisted that he would not have a problem with playing overseas if needs be.

NobleSport learnt some of Europe’s biggest clubs are in negotiations with the 31-year-old, but he wants to stay in England and will wait to hear offers from English sides first.

It was Mourinho who first brought Willian to Chelsea in 2013, and the Portuguese tactician is keen to finally reunite with the winger this summer.


Tottenham in trouble – Mourinho speak out.

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho has explained why RB Leipzig thrashed his side 3-0 in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second-leg tie on Tuesday night.

Mourinho said his RB Leipzig won Tottenham because Julian Nagelsmann’s side was the best team on the night, adding that his team is in trouble with many injuries issues.

RB Leipzig defeated Spurs at the Red Bull Arena, thanks to two goals from Marcel Sabitzer and a strike from Emil Forsberg.

“Indeed the best team won, physicality, rhythm, in top condition with their best players and a bench full of quality against a team that is in trouble,” Mourinho was quoted Football London as saying after the match.

“Yesterday I was very positive, but that’s the way I have to be.

“I know that automatically my team will improve next season with these injured players.

“We’ll improve in other areas, but I will not tell you right now how I analyze.”

Tottenham’s next fixture is against Manchester United on Sunday.


Bashing Jose Mourinho for RB Leipzig Loss May Be Fashionable, But It’s Also Short-Sighted

‘Oooh, it was the Bundesliga’s bright young star against a washed up has-been.’

‘Ooooooh, it turns out anti-football from 2004 doesn’t get you anywhere in 2020.’

‘Ooooooooooooh, Mourinho made all the wrong choices and got what he deserved.’

In modern day football, it’s very easy – perhaps because it’s also incredibly fashionable – to slag off Jose Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho,Julian Nagelsmann

Be it for his mannerisms in press conferences, his touchline antics or his defensive-minded tactical approach, Mourinho is – and has been since his ‘Special One’ declaration – notoriously Marmite.

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1-0: Mourinho disappointed as Liverpool defeats Tottenham

…Roberto firmino star

Liverpool continued their relentless march towards a first Premier League title in 30 years as Roberto Firmino’s strike earned a 1-0 win at Tottenham to open up a 16-point lead at the top of the table.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have now made the best ever start to an English top-flight campaign after 21 games with 61 points from a possible 63.


Klopp speaks ahead clash with Jose Mourinho’s men (Video)

There is now a 31-point gap between the sides that contested last season’s Champions League final as Spurs remain in eighth, nine points adrift of even the top four.

However, Tottenham had their chances to take at least a point as Son Heung-min and Giovani Lo Celso missed the target with the goal gaping in the final 15 minutes.

Lo Celso’s miss left Jose Mourinho on his knees in anguish and the honeymoon period for the Tottenham manager is already over after just two wins in their last eight games in all competitions.

Mourinho sprang a huge surprise with his team selection as Japhet Tanganga was handed his Premier League debut in defence.

The 20-year-old was forced into action straight away as he blocked Firmino’s goalbound effort before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain struck the post inside four minutes.

Spurs will be without Harry Kane for most of the remainder of the season after the England captain underwent surgery on a torn hamstring.

Mourinho responded to Kane’s absence by utilising Lucas Moura and Dele Alli in attack as he sat back and hoped to catch the European champions on the break.

Spurs did have openings which could have changed the course of the game early on as both Lucas and Son fired wide from the edge of the box.

However, it was largely one-way traffic before half-time as Liverpool controlled the game and waited patiently for Spurs’ fragile defence to break.

Tottenham have kept just one clean sheet in 13 games since Mourinho took charge and their luck ran out eight minutes before half-time as Tanganga’s inexperience showed as he tried to intercept Mohamed Salah’s pass into Firmino and the Brazilian fired across Paulo Gazzaniga into the far corner.

Salah could have put the game to bed before the break, but pulled his shot wide.

Mourinho’s men showed more ambition in the second period and should have reaped some reward.

Serge Aurier forced Alisson Becker into action before Son’s deflected shot trickled just wide.

At the other end, Gazzaniga kept the home side in the game with a brilliant save low to his left from Sadio Mane’s downward header.

The Argentine’s heroics nearly proved crucial as firstly Son had a huge chance to level when played in by Lucas, but the South Korean uncharacteristically blasted over the bar.

Liverpool were let off the hook again seven minutes from time when Lo Celso was perfectly picked out by Aurier’s cross and seemed to do everything right as he slid in to connect, only to see the ball fly wide and Mourinho fall to the floor in despair.


Jose Mourinho give reason for his fears

José Mourinho has claimed that the making of a documentary about Tottenham’s season has been a distracting influence. mk

Since taking over from Mauricio Pochettino in November, Mourinho has overseen the club’s rise from 14th to seventh in the Premier League table, although Spurs have suffered a number of disappointing results along the way.

Jose Mourinho: “These guys (points to Amazon cameraman), these guys are 24 hours. Only when I go to the toilet they’re not coming with me! Apart from that they’re always with me….Only Amazon disturb me, not the cameras on matchday.” https://t.co/FnXZI7p0ys

The former Manchester United boss’ tenure will be documented in a series to be screened on Amazon. However, Mourinho has revealed that he has found the TV cameras that follow his every move distracting.

When asked if he was concerned about the attention that will be on him when Spurs take on Liverpool on Sunday, the 56-year-old quipped that he was used to being filmed constantly.

“I feel the cameras because they’ll be on my face. I walk in the tunnel it’s on my face, even before the game finishes the camera will be on my face,” he began.

“These guys (points to Amazon cameraman) these guys are 24 hours. Only when I go to the toilet they’re not coming with me! Apart from that they’re always with me.

“Of course I feel it. But disturb me? No, only Amazon disturb me, not the cameras on matchday. I don’t think about it. Of course it’s not me against Jurgen. Big match – Tottenham v Liverpool. Let’s enjoy it.”

The documentary will be released later in the year and speaking in October, Amazon’s director of European originals told the Telegraph that she was confident the series would be a success.


“We are delighted to be embarking on this journey with Tottenham Hotspur and delivering another extraordinary look at one of the most exciting teams in the Premier League,” Brown said.

“All or Nothing has become a franchise defined by true quality and unprecedented access, and that will be no different with this series.

“We can’t wait for Prime members worldwide to again experience the highs and lows of a world-class team in the greatest football league on earth.”


Klopp speaks ahead clash with Jose Mourinho’s men (Video)

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has stressed that his side aren’t considering the possibility of matching Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ record this season.

The Reds have won 19 of their opening 20 Premier League games – drawing away to Manchester United too – to open up a 13-point gap at the top of the league table.

Their form has seen suggestions do the rounds that Liverpool could match Arsenal’s record of going through an entire Premier League season unbeaten, while also going on to pick up more points that Arsène Wenger’s infamous side.

But when he was posed that question ahead of their match against Tottenham this weekend, Klopp said (via The Mirror): “Oh my God. Who sends you out asking these questions?!

“We didn’t think a second about it, and we will not start thinking about it now. If we would have started thinking about any kind of record, we would not have won the number of games we won so far.

“I think in sports, never set a record because of wanting to set a record. If you set a record, it just happens because you are focused on the right things.

“My problem in this moment is Tottenham, the way they play, the way we think they will play, the way they will play. That is all I am concerned about. Nothing else.”

While a trip to north London should prove to be Liverpool’s biggest test in recent weeks, they will be boosted by José Mourinho’s personal record against the club – as well as his opposite number, Klopp.

Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool Manager

Mourinho’s come up against Liverpool more than any other side throughout his career, winning 12 of his 28 meetings with the Reds. The Portuguese manager has also drawn nine times and lost seven.

Against Klopp, meanwhile, Mourinho has only ever won twice out of their 10 matches against each other


Pep Guardiola breaks José Mourinho’s record.

Pep GuardiolaBy their own meteoric standards, Manchester City have hit a rough patch this season, but let’s be honest – all this nonsense about Pep Guardiola being a ‘fraud’ is a bit over the top, isn’t it?

Yes, he may have had the crutch of substantial transfer funds wherever he has gone as a coach, but so too have many big names in management and very few have ever enjoyed a level of success comparable to the Spaniard.

The man with eight domestic league titles and two Champions Leagues to his name in 11 years in management might have overseen a start to the season in which City have managed just the 13 wins in 20 games, the worst in his career so far by a distance. He’s anything but a failure, however, and the stats continue to prove it.

The 2-0 victory over Sheffield United was his 100th in the Premier League, a feat he has achieved in just 134 games. It makes him the quickest ever to reach the landmark in the division, ahead of José Mourinho, who took 142 games to get there.

In his three-and-a-half seasons at City, Guardiola has so far claimed as many as seven domestic honours in England, putting him one behind Mourinho on that front. Both the EFL Cup and the FA Cup are well within his reach even if the Premier League looks to have gone, however, and a win in one of those two competitions would put him level there, having spent around half the time in England that Mourinho has.

Jose Mourinho,Pep Guadiola
That’s provided Mourinho finishes the season trophy-less with Tottenham, of course. The Portuguese boss made his return to English football in December, and we have only a month to wait until the two great rivals go head to head once again on 2 February.


Mourinho:I know Eriksen’s future plan.

Tottenham Hotspur manager José Mourinho claims he already knows what Christian Eriksen’s future holds – but is refusing to shed any light on the situation publicly.

The Denmark international is heading into the final few months of his contract and has been heavily linked with a move away from Tottenham, either during the January window or on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Jose Mourinho,Christian Eriksen
Mourinho’s already convinced Toby Alderweireld to sign a contract extension at Tottenham and the Portuguese manager claims he also knows what Eriksen’s plans are ahead of the January transfer window.

“I think I know his future because his communication with me is completely open and honest and we trust each other,” Mourinho said, quoted by AS.

“The only thing I can tell you is that I know his future but I am not going to be the one to speak about his future. It has to be him to speak about his future when he makes the decision to speak about his future, not me.”

Even though Mourinho wouldn’t reveal where Eriksen’s future lies, the Portuguese manager was eager to add that the midfielder’s contract situation hasn’t taken away from his desire to help the club this season.

“My sensation is that Eriksen wants to help us,” he added. “That’s why I play him when we need someone with his qualities.”

Although it’s unknown if Eriksen will be set to follow in Alderweireld’s footsteps by signing a new long-term contract, Eric Dier is set to be rewarded with a new deal as his importance in the first team continues to increase under Mourinho.

The 25-year-old’s current deal is set to expire in 2021, but Dier’s extension – which is believed to be work £75,000 a week – is likely to see him tied to the club at least until 2024.


2-1: Tottenham revenge Chelsea’s win as they home trash Brighton.

Dele Alli got Tottenham back on track as the England midfielder capped a gritty escape act with the late winner in Thursday’s 2-1 victory against Brighton.

Jose Mourinho’s side were in danger of a second successive Premier League defeat when Adam Webster headed Brighton into a shock lead at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

But Harry Kane equalised after the interval and Alli finished off a flowing Tottenham move in the closing stages to erase the bitter taste of last weekend’s acrimonious London derby loss to Chelsea.

Avenging their defeat at Brighton in October, Tottenham, unbeaten in Boxing Day fixtures since 2003, have won three of their last four league games as they try to climb into the top four.

That Chelsea setback was completely overshadowed by the alleged racist abuse of Blues defender Antonio Rudiger by Tottenham fans after his role in Son Heung-min’s red card.

Amid widespread calls for stronger action to stamp out racism in football, Tottenham fans appeared to behave better this time.

Initially, there were worrying signs for Mourinho on the field however as Steven Alzate escaped Moussa Sissoko, making space for a low strike that drifted just wide.

Since Mourinho’s first game in charge of Tottenham, no Premier League team had conceded more goals than the 14 his side allowed across all competitions heading into this round of matches.

Those defensive frailties were on display when Alzate lost his marker and forced Paulo Gazzaniga into a sprawling save, while Aaron Mooy went close from the edge of the area.

Kane has a knack of scoring on Boxing Day and the Tottenham striker thought he had netted again when he fired home from Winks’ pass, but the goal went to a VAR review and was ruled out by the narrowest of offside decisions.

Clinical Kane
Brighton made the most of that let-off to take the lead in the 37th minute.

Pascal Gross swung over a free-kick and Webster rose above Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez to plant a powerful header past Gazzaniga for his third goal of the season.

Mourinho must have been furious that Tottenham wilted against such a simple set-piece and his team’s record of one clean-sheet in his nine matches suggests a defender could be high on his January shopping list.

Underlining the urgency to address that problem area, Brighton’s Bernardo forced Gazzaniga to save from a corner moments later to the audible frustration of the Tottenham crowd on a dank, wet day in north London.

Mourinho, standing rain-soaked on the touchline, revealed before the game that his Christmas was ruined by the death of his family’s pet Yorkshire Terrier.

But Kane put a smile back on his manager’s face in the 53rd minute when he seized on a deflection off Lucas Moura after the Brazilian’s determined run.

Drilling a shot that Mat Ryan could only push back out, Kane gobbled up the rebound with a clinical finish for his eighth goals in five Premier League games on Boxing Day.

Kane’s 16th club goal this season was not immediately a catalyst for a Tottenham surge and Gazzaniga had to be alert to keep out Gross’s fierce free-kick.

But Mourinho made a significant switch when he sent on Christian Eriksen for Harry Winks, who moments before was lucky to escape a red card for a foul when he had already been booked.

Eriksen made an immediate impact in the 72nd minute when he floated a delicate pass to Serge Aurier who flicked the ball into the path of Alli, who guided a superb lofted finish over Ryan.


Mourinho insists on getting £300m transfer budget for January transfer.

Tottenham Hotspur head coach José Mourinho has stressed that he’s happy he doesn’t have a big transfer budget to spend during the January transfer window – asserting that he’s keen to keep his current squad intact for the rest of the season.

The Portuguese was heavily criticised during his most recent spell at Manchester United for his over-reliance on signing new players, spending over £360m during his two-year spell at Old Trafford.

But Mourinho insists he’s glad he doesn’t have a big budget to spend in the upcoming January window and he claims Tottenham’s ability to compete in the transfer market was made clear before he took over the job.

“I’m relaxed because I got this club exactly as I was expecting,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “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.”

Mourinho took over at Tottenham with the club sitting 12 points away from Champions League qualification, but after a good run of form, the club are now just one win away from breaking into the top four.

Standing in their way are Mourinho’s former club Chelsea, who are now just one point clear in the top four after a run of four defeats in their last five games.

Even with Chelsea’s form at rock bottom, Mourinho’s well aware of the threat at that his former side could pose when they make the short journey to north London.

“There is never a good time to play Chelsea,” he added. “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.”



Mourinho still a Premier League force to reckon with.

…FIFA stats proves

Tottenham’s 2-1 last gasp win away at Wolves on Sunday kept alive an astonishing Premier League record for boss José Mourinho.

The Portuguese manager has gone over four years since seeing his side lose after going ahead in an English top-flight game.

Jose Mourinho,Christian Eriksen,Jan Vertonghen
So Spurs fans needn’t have worried when Wolves star Adama Traoré cancelled out Lucas Moura’s early opener, with Mourinho at the helm, a Spurs loss was unthinkable.

Clearly Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen was aware of his manager’s unbeaten streak, duly popping up with an injury-time header to snatch all three points.

In total, Mourinho has overseen 54 games without loss when his side have opened the scoring, winning 48 of those encounters while coming away with a point in the other six.

Even in his ill-fated spell with Manchester United, Mourinho kept the record intact, not suffering defeat in any of the 49 games which the Red Devils struck first during his tenure.

The last time Mourinho tasted defeat after his team scored first was back in October 2015 during his second stint with Chelsea.

The opponents on the day were Southampton and despite Willian striking first for Mourinho’s men, the Blues slumped to a 3-1 home defeat to the Saints.

Midfielder Steven Davis drew the visitors level before Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle scored in the second half to seal a shock win at Stamford Bridge.

The result capped a torrid start to the season for Mourinho and Chelsea, who found themselves in 16th position in the Premier League standings.

Chelsea had just eight points from their opening eight games and sat four points above the relegation places.

It was the beginning of the end for Mourinho in West London and he departed the club in December 2015, after watching his side lose nine of their opening 16 Premier League games that season.

After his spell at Old Trafford, Mourinho returned to management last month, replacing Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham, after the Argentine was sacked.

After Sunday’s dramatic victory over Wolves, Spurs moved up to fifth in the league, only three points adrift of Chelsea in the final Champions League spot.

Mourinho has won four of his five Premier League games as Spurs boss, with the Lilywhites taking the lead in all of those victories.

But the ‘Special One’ faces a real challenge in his next encounter when he comes up against former club Chelsea at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.


Jose Mourinho stays at the training ground over night to prepare Tottenham for Burnley.

…After a defeat you cannot be sad

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho says he slept at the club’s training ground to prepare for Saturday’s match against Burnley.

The Portuguese stayed at Hotspur Way in Enfield after his side were beaten 2-1 by Manchester United on his return to his former club.

Mourinho felt that the dressing room was a “sad” place following the loss.

“After a defeat you cannot be sad. You have to be more than that. You have to be raging, angry, not sad,” he said.

Mourinho reportedly slept at the training ground before he was appointed manager during his negotiations with Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy, reports the BBC.

The defeat at Old Trafford was Tottenham’s first under Mourinho.

His side host 12th-placed Burnley at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this weekend.

“I didn’t go home, so the next morning at eight o’clock I was here doing what? Burnley,” Mourinho said.

“Analysing Burnley, trying to organise the training session, trying to organise the meeting, choosing the clips to show them the most clear possible way Burnley works.

“That’s the way you have to do it in football. Don’t accept in a passive way.”

Tottenham are eighth in the Premier League with five wins, five losses and five draws this season.

“It’s obvious we have problems but we have players with quality, a great human dressing room,” Mourinho added.

“I like the guys very much but we need to change that feeling of feeling sorry about our mistakes and feeling sad with our bad results.”



SPORTSEPL – I’m not a villain – Jose Mourinho says.

…turns on charm before Old Trafford return

José Mourinho may have mentioned this once or twice. Actually, there has not been a press briefing during his short time at Tottenham when he has failed to do so. Yes, the manager is starring in an Amazon Prime documentary about the club’s season.

Mourinho was at it again on Tuesday morning, as he previewed Wednesday night’s visit to his former club Manchester United, which, incidentally, will be carried live by Amazon Prime. Turning his head down and towards the inside of his collar and the ever-present mic, he mentioned the US company and had a bit of fun speaking directly to them, reports the Guardian.

There would be a twist. “I’m also doing an episode for Netflix,” Mourinho said, before detailing his involvement in a sports documentary for Amazon’s great rival. “There are eight coaches from eight different sports, I’ve filmed it already. I don’t know when it comes out.” Cue the mock conspiratorial flourish. “But Amazon guys, they cannot know.”

It was classic Mourinho, an example of his adherence to the have‑cake‑and‑eat‑it model. In Amazon’s big week of Premier League football here was one of its poster boys jumping into bed with the enemy. But do not call it a mis-step, because Mourinho was in no danger of making a blunder.

On the eve of his Old Trafford return, he went to great lengths to ensure there was not so much as a syllable out of place when it came to United – the club he left last December under storm clouds.

It was easy to imagine what Mourinho might have wanted to say, starting with Paul Pogba, United’s £89m player who he found so difficult to manage, particularly after the France midfielder reported for last season as a World Cup winner. Or how about the record of his successor, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, who has taken 26 points from 22 league games since being confirmed in the job on a permanent basis? Mourinho’s last 22 matches at United brought 35 points. Then there is Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman with whom he clashed over recruitment.

Mourinho has not disparaged United and he was not about to do so before the game. On the contrary. His relationship with United fans is strong – they sang his name when he went back to Old Trafford as a TV pundit, which “humbled” him. Mourinho wanted to make it clear he enjoyed good friendships with many of the club’s staff – from Woodward and the director Richard Arnold to the chef, who “calls me to ask how I am”.

“I’ve had this at every club – at Christmas, on the phone will be Ed Woodward, Florentino Pérez, Massimo Moratti, Pinto da Costa,” Mourinho said, bringing in the presidents of Real Madrid, Internazionale and Porto respectively, although overlooking Roman Abramovich of Chelsea. “You have relations with people and this is very important.”

Mourinho described United as a “closed chapter”, an experience that is “in my history book”. He wanted to speak only about the club as an opponent. “I’m not a villain, I’m not an enemy,” he said. “I am the coach trying to win against United – that’s how the United fans are going to look at me.”

For Mourinho it always comes down to trophies. “Mr Mandela said you never lose, you win or you learn,” he said. “At United, I won and I learned.” He did not go into specifics as to what he had learned, other than to say he and his assistants had not looked to blame anyone other than themselves for how it ended, but he was happy to remember the trophies.

“I have a couple of pictures of my time at United in my office at Spurs,” Mourinho said. “One with the Europa League trophy and my son in Stockholm [where the final was played] and one with the Carabao Cup, when you get the cup at the top of Wembley.”

Mourinho feels he is a “better coach now than when I was there” and he continues to whisper sweet nothings into the ears of his Spurs players. He said he is “in love with” Son Heung-min and Dele Alli could achieve “anything he wants”. The contract rebels, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen, are “great professionals”. This is what Mourinho does in the early stages. From leading players down to the ballboys, it is about bolstering belief, instilling a shared sense of purpose.

Spurs go to United brimming with confidence after three wins out of three for Mourinho, who is projecting an image of total happiness. Not that he was unhappy in Manchester, where he lived in an apartment at the Lowry hotel – a subject of no little lampoonery.

“I would be unhappy if I was in a house on my own,” Mourinho said. “I would have to clean; I don’t want. I would have to iron; I don’t know how to. I have to cook … I would cook fried eggs and sausages – that’s the only thing I can do. I lived in an amazing apartment – a flat with ‘bring me a latte, please’, or ‘I don’t want to go down for dinner, bring my dinner up’. I had everything. I was more than fine.”


4-2: Tottenham Shines as Jose Mourinho squad wins olympiakos in the last 16 UCL..


Jose Mourinho survived a huge scare on his home debut as Tottenham Hotspur manager as his side came from 2-0 down to beat Olympiakos 4-2 and reach the last 16 of the Champions League.

The Greek champions blew a huge chance to give themselves a shot at reaching the knockout stages after scoring twice in the first 20 minutes through Youssef El Arabi and Ruben Semedo.

Dele Alli pounced on a horrible defensive mistake to breathe new life into Spurs before the break and a second-half double from Harry Kane either side of Serge Aurier’s fine strike completed the comeback.

Last season’s Champions League finalists can now look forward to the knockout stages for a third straight season, but will go through in second behind Bayern Munich in Group B after the German giants secured top spot with a 6-0 thrashing of Red Star Belgrade.

Spurs have now scored seven goals in winning Mourinho’s first two games in charge to make a good first impression on many supporters unconvinced by the appointment of a former Chelsea manager renowned for a more conservative style of football.

However, the first 20 minutes showed the work Mourinho has ahead to make Tottenham as tight at the back as his most successful sides over the past two decades.

The warning signs were there for the hosts as early as six minutes in when El Arabi was afforded room on the edge of the box to line up his shot and found the bottom corner despite Paulo Gazzaniga getting a hand to it.

Only a brilliant recovery challenge from Davinson Sanchez denied Daniel Podence from doubling the away side’s lead as Spurs were then opened up by one simple pass through midfield.

Moments later it was 2-0 as more sloppy Spurs defending from a corner left Semedo in space to prod home Guilherme’s near-post flick on.

Mourinho had seen enough inside the first half-hour to make a change as Eric Dier was sacrificed to make way for Christian Eriksen.

However, it was a huge error from Olympiakos rather than a moment of inspiration that gifted the hosts a route back into the game.

Aurier’s low cross from the right should have been easily cleared by Yassine Meriah, but he let the ball slip under his foot and Alli was on hand to tap in at the back post in first-half stoppage time.

That goal made Mourinho’s half-time team talk a far easier one and Spurs built on their momentum by equalising five minutes after the restart.

Quick thinking from a Spurs ball boy and Aurier caught Olympiakos napping as the Ivorian’s throw-in freed Lucas Moura down the right and his cross was swept home by Kane.

Aurier was the unlikely hero once more 17 minutes from time as he sweetly connected with Alli’s cross at the back post to put Spurs in front.

Uncertainty over Eriksen’s future has been one of the scourges of Spurs’ season.

Such a key figure for much of Mauricio Pochettino’s five-and-a-half years in charge, the Dane has more often than not been left on the bench both by the Argentine prior to his dismissal last week and in Mourinho’s first two games in charge.

But he offered a glimpse of the quality he can offer with a wicked dipping free-kick from which Kane stooped to head home his 23rd goal of the season in as many games for club and country.