Everything Jose Mourinho said about Tottenham during the Champions League final


It might take a while for fans to get used to the image of Jose Mourinho wearing Tottenham colours.

The decision to sack Mauricio Pochettino and appoint Jose Mourinho in the space of 11 hours shocked almost everyone.

When the Portuguese was in charge of Chelsea, he vowed that he could never manage Spurs.

That was until he was sacked by the Blues.

He's also since been sacked by Manchester United and has spent the past 11 months working as a pundit.

Of course, as a manager, you have to be extremely careful what you say about certain clubs because you just don’t know where your next job might take you.

Interestingly, Mourinho appeared as a pundit on beIN Sports for the Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham.


But what did he have to say about the losing finalists?

Well, with the help of Planet Football, we know EVERYTHING he said about his future club.

On Tottenham's run to the final

“I think it’s not fair for people to say one of them failed,” he said before the game.

“In the case of the managers, even more. They are in the club for four years, I think, and they both couldn’t win a trophy.

“Today one of them is going to leave with the big one, and another of them is going to go home without the trophy. It’s not fair to say this one is amazing and the other one failed, but it’s the reality of football and the reality of life.

“I think we are here to protect the loser because the loser doesn’t deserve to be called a loser tonight, because they both did amazingly well to be here.”

On Tottenham’s transfer business

Interestingly, Mourinho suggested that Spurs’ squad was so good that they didn’t necessarily need to spend much money.

“I think that a team needs to buy players when the players they have are not good enough," Mou said.

“When the players are good enough, the best you can do is not to sell them, not to lose them, so I think the big business that Tottenham did in the last couple of years, is to have offers for Kane, for Eriksen, for Dele Alli, for Verthonghen, for all of them and not to sell any of them.

“This is the best business that they could do.”


Half-time analysis

Spurs were trailing 1-0 at half-time but had dominated possession without creating any real chances. But Mourinho had noticed Kane wasn’t quite right.

“The reality is that Tottenham had 61% of possession but had zero shots on target. And they missed lots of passes, they couldn’t link the play," the Portuguese manager said.

“Harry Kane was hidden all the time,” Mourinho noted of his new centre-forward.

“He normally drops back, normally comes in between the lines, normally is the link player, receives the ball from one side, goes in between the lines, he turns, plays with the other full-back on the other side, he arrives in the box. Nothing of this dynamic.”

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Full-time verdict

Spurs had lost 2-0 and Mourinho knew we had just witnessed a disappointing spectacle.

“Mr Wenger is speaking about two set-pieces (for Liverpool) and I can add, three shots on target in 90 minutes, two goals and the two goals in set-pieces," he added.

“I think the three midfield players of Liverpool, if we are going to see the wave of their positioning, a shadow, they play in a straight line in front of the back four.

“They played with a block of seven, they were very pragmatic, they were very solid defensively. And when Tottenham managed to do something, to create something, the player that missed them last season, was there today. He was not phenomenal, but he had a couple of saves to stop Tottenham to draw.

“If this match is not the Champions League final, if it’s a Premier League match, if it’s the final of the League Cup, we would all say the game was not good.

“Because it’s the Champions League final, it has this emotional side that every Champions League final becomes a special match, but the quality of the game was not good.

“Tottenham has to be frustrated, because they lost, but not just that. Because they feel that they are better than this, and in these big moments you have to be at your best level.”

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On Mauricio Pochettino

“Mauricio has four very good years at Spurs, brings Spurs to the final of the Champions League and he’s still waiting for the first trophy, with not just Tottenham but the first trophy of his career.

“I feel very sorry for Mauricio, but I think – and Mr Wenger worked in England much more years than me – I think the English supporter is very loyal, and they know when people give everything, and they are a bit different in other countries where everything is about just the winning.

“I think the Tottenham fans are proud of their team, they still look to this team, to this manager. It’s a historical team that’s taken to the first time to the Champions League final so I think Tottenham will feel some love at home.

“I think next season when they go back to their stadium, back to life, back to business, they will go with the pride of what they did and not in a low.”

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Well, he was very wrong with that last point, wasn’t he?

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