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Mourinho reflects on Tottenham’s poor streak ahead of Europa League clash


Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho has reflected on the club’s poor run of form in the English Premier League.

Mourinho’s men suffered a fifth defeat in their last six league matches when David Moyes’ West Ham beat them 2-1 over the weekend to enter the Champions League spot (fourth) leaving Spurs languishing ninth on the table.

Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Europa League round of 32 second leg against Wolfsberger, the 58-year-old spoke on how he is coping with the setback.

Mourinho said: “Thank god I’m not the manager I was. Probably, I wouldn’t be as calm, confident and in control of my emotions.

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“Sometimes during my career I had problems not in relation to results. As you know, I didn’t have many bad runs.

“Day-by-day problems happened many times and I reacted previously in a much more emotional way.

“As an example, I left Chelsea as a champion.

“Maybe age and experience makes you realise that we are better equipped to cope with negative moments.

“I am calm, I am in control of my emotions. My nature doesn’t change. If I lose a game, of course I am not happy, but maturity helps.

“I feel very confident and I believe we are going to improve and I will be in Tottenham history for the good reasons and not the bad reasons.”

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Asked again about the current poor run, Mourinho said: “It’s a positive thing that you say I’m not used to it, but I want to know: Which coach, at the end of his career, can say that everything was blue sky and never a little bit grey, cloudy or even dark?

“Unless it’s a coach that was always in dominant clubs where that club is the top club in a country, then it is more difficult to have difficult moments.

“Does this make me happy? No. Does this make me depressed? Not at all. It’s a challenge.

“I believe that I can give it. I gave it everywhere I’ve been and I want to do it. I’m more motivated than ever.

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“I’ve never felt what normally coaches feel when the results are bad. Normally the coaches are lonely. In this building, I’ve never felt that.

“I feel positive. I am not unhappy. I wake up in the morning and I want to come back to work.” (Sky Sports)

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