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Defiant Jose Mourinho promises to reverse Tottenham’s dramatic slump

‘I’m sure I’ll be in Tottenham’s history – for good reasons’: Jose Mourinho comes out of the fray at a challenging press conference to claim he’s ‘in control’, has a ‘great career’ and the rot can stop

  • Jose Mourinho emerged from the fray amid growing speculation about his future
  • The Tottenham manager is under pressure after losing five of the last six league games
  • But he insisted that despite the slump, he was “in control” of his fate at Spurs
  • Mourinho believes he can write a positive chapter in the club’s history books
  • He said his relationship with Chairman Daniel Levy is still positive
  • Mourinho also returned to suggestions that his players found training boring

Jose Mourinho insists he is ‘in control’ and ‘more motivated than ever’ to put Tottenham’s dramatic breakdown in shape and make a positive contribution to the club’s history.

Speculation about Mourinho’s future at the North London club grew after Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to West Ham, the fifth in six Premier League games.

But in a monologue about the demands placed on managers and his own legacy in his press conference to preview Wednesday’s Europa League game with Wolfsberger, Mourinho said he doesn’t feel “ depressed ” about the situation and still does. wakes up and wants to come and work. . ‘

He also insisted his relationship with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy remains strong, hitting back on suggestions that some players were tired of his training methods.

Mourinho gestures to the sidelines during Tottenham's 2-1 defeat to West Ham on Sunday

Mourinho gestures to the sidelines during Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat to West Ham on Sunday

Harry Kane ruined a missed opportunity in what was Tottenham's fifth loss in six league games

Harry Kane ruined a missed opportunity in what was Tottenham's fifth loss in six league games

Harry Kane ruined a missed opportunity in what was Tottenham’s fifth loss in six league games

He said, ‘It’s positive in the negative that you say I’m not used to this, but I want to know which coach has always had a blue sky and never been cloudy or a little dark?

‘Maybe just a coach who is always in a league with a dominant club. It shows how great my career has been.

‘Does it make me depressed? No. It is a challenge.

‘I work for the club, the players and the supporters. I always feel like I have to give them so much. It hurts me and it’s a big challenge for me and I believe I can give it.

‘I give it everywhere I’ve been and I’m more motivated than ever.

Title challenger December's Tottenham form has collapsed and they are sitting in the middle of the table

Title challenger December's Tottenham form has collapsed and they are sitting in the middle of the table

Title challenger December’s Tottenham form has collapsed and they are sitting in the middle of the table

Tottenham fixtures

Premier League, unless stated otherwise

Wednesday Wolfsberger (H)

Europa League last-32 second leg

Sunday Burnley (H)

4th of March Fulham (A)

March 7th Crystal Palace (H)

March 14 Arsenal (A)

21 March Aston Villa (A)

‘I’ve never felt what coaches felt when the results were bad, they are lonely men. We normally are. I’ve never felt that in this building.

‘I feel not only respected, but also supported. Everyone in the same boat. No one is happy, but no one is depressed. I feel positive.

“Maybe a little weird for you after losing so many games, but I’m sure. I’m not happy, but I wake up and want to come here.

“Everyone loves to train and work hard with so many competitions.”

Later in the press conference, he added, “Thank goodness I am not the manager I was. We all evolve.

‘Sometimes I had problems, not in terms of results because I didn’t have many bad results, but with daily problems and I reacted much more emotionally. Instead of helping myself, I created more conflict.

‘As an example I left Chelsea as champion. Maybe your experience as a journalist tells you that people with more experience are better at dealing with negative things.

‘We are calm. I am not happy, but maturity helps and I feel very confident.

“I believe we will win and I will be in Tottenham’s history for good reasons instead of bad.”

There are reports that some players are tired of Mourinho's practices

There are reports that some players are tired of Mourinho's practices

There are reports that some players are tired of Mourinho’s practices

About his relationship with Levy, Mourinho said: ‘My relationship has been the same since day one, one of respect and open communication. We respect each other. There is no contradiction between us because we both feel the same.

‘I believe we all have the same feelings. No one is happy, no one is depressed and everyone feels that we are going to do better.

Mourinho has also been criticized for his sparing use of Gareth Bale, who returned to the club on loan from Real Madrid last summer but only started two league games.

But he suggested the Welshman has nothing to prove to him.

Mourinho said, “He doesn’t have to convince me. It’s about playing the minutes I’d like to see from him. It’s a process.

‘You can see the number of matches he played in previous years. He had a positive impact, he had a cross, a few assists, he had a shot, he hit the post.

Gareth Bale gave Tottenham more drive when he played against West Ham on Sunday

Gareth Bale gave Tottenham more drive when he played against West Ham on Sunday

Gareth Bale gave Tottenham more drive when he played against West Ham on Sunday

‘He does that better, but he doesn’t play 90 minutes. We manage its evolution. He has nothing to convince me of.

“I can tell you that Gareth is playing the minutes right now that he thinks he can and what he wants and we want to play more games than him and more crucial games than him.”

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