Jose Mourinho admits he did not find a ‘perfect situation’ at Tottenham after replacing Mauricio Pochettino… but former Chelsea boss insists he will give ‘101 per cent’ to fulfil Daniel Levy’s ‘incredible project’
- Jose Mourinho was brought in at Spurs after the club’s poor start to the season
- He replaced Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked with the team in mid-table
- The Portuguese boss has led his new side to five wins in seven league games
- He admitted the team was ‘not perfect’ when he arrived at the club last month
- But he promised he would give ‘101 per cent’ to take the team to the next level
Spurs slumped to mid-table following some poor results – a huge comedown from their Champions League final just months before.
But since his arrival, things in north London have been looking up – with five wins out of seven in the league and progress into the next round in Europe’s top competition.
Jose Mourinho admits Tottenham were not in a ‘perfect situation’ when he took over the club
Mauricio Pochettino was shown the door after results and team confidence began to slide
Having steadied the ship, Mourinho has reflected on the difficult circumstances he was greeted with after inheriting a team short on confidence and without a league win in five games.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: ‘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.’
Tottenham found themselves in mid-table after a string of poor results to start the season
JOSE MOURINHO’S RESULTS AT SPURS
3-2 win v West Ham (a)
4-2 win v Olympiakos (h)
3-2 win v Bournemouth (h)
2-1 loss v Manchester United (a)
5-0 win v Burnley (h)
3-1 loss v Bayern Munich (a)
2-1 win v Wolves (a)
2-0 loss v Chelsea (h)
2-1 win v Brighton (h)
Spurs had started the season with a 3-1 win over Aston Villa but would go on to record just two more victories before Pochettino was axed in November – with a 1-1 stalemate at home to Sheffield United sealing his fate.
The team have had to contend with unrest in the dressing room, as Christian Eriksen’s contract goes into its final year, while Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld’s deals had been running down too – the latter signing a new deal with Spurs last week.
The club’s woes were summed up in an alarming 7-2 loss at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Spurs now appear to be back on track with Mourinho in charge, and he praised chairman Daniel Levy and his vision moving forward, having built their new £1billion stadium and a state-of-the-art training complex to rival any club.
Mourinho has worked closely with the squad to get them producing more consistently
‘[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.’
The 56-year-old has stressed how content he is at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium having taken some time out of the game after leaving Manchester United last year.
He has worked as a pundit for various TV stations, but moved swiftly back into management when the Spurs job became available, and Mourinho says his happiness gives him full focus and commitment to his job.
Players like Dele Alli (centre) are flourishing under Mourinho’s leadership since he took over
Mourinho says his happiness at Spurs allows him to excel in his role and commit to the club
‘When you are happy, you are able to give your 101 per cent. I always say that in relation to commitment, there is only one state, and that’s all-in, 99 per cent is not enough. Not enough. 99 per cent is not enough!’
‘Happy to be on the pitch and coach the players. Happy to work in the office and analyse everything. Happy to go to every match.
‘That’s the happiness of the day-by-day which helps you give the best. That’s the way I feel now. I’m happy.’
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