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Jose Mourinho dismisses ‘Spursy’ insult despite Tottenham collapse against West Ham

“To be honest, what happened is a little bit out of context from what happened the rest of the season,” he said. “Against Southampton we were losing and we were strong enough to change the result.

“At Manchester United the worst thing happened, which was after one minute we were losing and we were strong enough to change that result.

“Against Newcastle, we were solid, we weren’t playing amazing, we were solid, and then what happened is one of the beauties of the VAR this season. So this game was completely out of context.

“I believe that winning 3-0 in minute 80 we could play 50 more matches and it’s not going to happen again. So I don’t want to be sticking on this and stories about ‘Spursy’, or this kind of thing.”

Spurs have a chance to put things right against LASK on Thursday.

It is the third time Mourinho is playing in the competition and, having won it twice previously, the Portuguese is targeting a hat-trick.

“We’re going to try,” he said. “It’s the third time I played the competition and the other two times, one with Porto and one with (Manchester) United, we managed to win it.

“So the record in the Europa League is great, never knocked out. Of course, lost a few matches in the group phase but managed always to win it.”

LASK head coach Dominik Thalhammer has revealed one of his squad has not travelled after testing positive for coronavirus.

Thalhammer is content that all protocol has been followed and says it has caused no disruption to their plans for the game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The unnamed player is at home in quarantine and is showing no symptoms.

“It was yesterday evening,” he said at his pre-match press conference. “It did not disrupt us. This particular player, he did not travel with the team, we have done lots of coronavirus testing and it was all negative, but when I discovered that one player was positive then we tested again.

“Only players with negative tests were able to travel to London.

“We wanted to give the English the security that we have done everything and it is important for us.

“Other clubs we hear about individual cases but we were very cautious and for this reason we aren’t particularly concerned, but we did change the plan and travelled earlier.”

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Jose Mourinho refuses to blame Gareth Bale for Spurs' late collapse

Jose Mourinho refuses to blame Gareth Bale introduction for Tottenham’s late collapse despite being 3-0 up when he came on and says it’s a ‘pity’ winger missed his effort to win West Ham clash

  • Tottenham threw away a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with West Ham on Sunday 
  • Jose Mourinho brought on Gareth Bale for his Spurs return with the score at 3-0
  • The Spurs boss refused to blame Bale’s second debut for the dropped points
  • Bale missed a glorious chance for a hero’s return but missed a sitter in injury time

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho did not think the introduction of Gareth Bale was the catalyst for his side’s late capitulation against West Ham.

Spurs were coasting to the three points as they led 3-0 after a scintillating opening 16 minutes where Son Heung-min’s goal after 45 seconds was added to by Harry Kane’s brace.

Bale made his long-awaited return to the Spurs side after seven years away as a second-half substitute when it was still 3-0 but it all went wrong for him as the Hammers scored three goals in the final eight minutes to snatch a 3-3 draw.

Jose Mourinho did not blame Gareth Bale (above) for Spurs’ draw with West Ham on Sunday

The Portuguese boss (left) brought Bale (right) on when Spurs were 3-0 up against West Ham

Manuel Lanzini’s stunning stoppage-time strike completed a comeback started by Fabian Balbuena and a Davinson Sanchez own goal.

There has been plenty of hype surrounding Bale’s return, which was almost marked with a dream goal that would have made it 4-2, but Mourinho did not think Bale’s arrival affected the game in a negative manner.

‘Don’t think so, honestly don’t think so,’ he said.

‘The decision not to start him was I think a good decision. A decision to show that he doesn’t have a beautiful chair waiting for him in the team and he sits there the first time he can.

West Ham scored three times in the closing minutes of the game to snatch a shock draw

‘It was a message to the team that in this team everybody has to fight for positions.

‘He’s very well accepted in the group. Everyone likes him, and I believe he also likes what he found here. So everything is positive and the focus was not on him.

‘The focus was on the game and he was on the bench for 65 minutes or so and I don’t think so, I don’t think at all.

‘It’s a pity that he couldn’t score that fourth goal which was a beauty and would have killed the game. But that’s football.’

Bale missed a big injury time chance to make the scoreline 4-2 as he could not find the target

It seemed impossible Spurs would not win the game after their devastating start put the Hammers on the rack.

Son continued his hot streak with an opener after 45 seconds, before Kane scored twice in eight minutes as Spurs’ goal glut carried on.

Kane hit the post in the second half before West Ham’s late, late show ruined Tottenham’s day.

‘I think you can imagine how frustrated I am and how frustrated the players are, but that’s football,’ Mourinho said.

It was a frustrating day for Spurs who dropped points at home for the second game in a row

‘Unfortunately it’s football for us in a negative way and in positive way for them but that’s football.

‘It’s easier for me to praise them than criticise us. It’s easier for me to analyse internally and discuss with the players than speak about it and my feelings now.

‘I prefer to say that they had incredible belief and probably they scored that first goal when they didn’t have that belief.

‘We were not then good enough or strong enough to cope with the last 10 minutes.’

Mourinho (middle) claimed his players were not mentally strong enough in the last 10 minutes

The emotions in the opposing dugout when Lanzini found the top corner from 20 yards in the fourth minute of stoppage time could not have been more contrasting.

Boss David Moyes was impressed with his team who continued their promising start to the season.

‘We are building a really strong team spirit,’ he said. ‘I think our performances in recent weeks have been very good. Our performances since lockdown have been very good.

‘It was tough, the opening 10 or 15 minutes you thought they were on fire and it was like, “Here we go”, but after that we got a grip and controlled the game. I thought the players did really well throughout the game.

West Ham manager David Moyes celebrated wildly when his side dramatically equalised

‘It is one of these moments you don’t get very often, we scored the last three goals in the last 10 minutes.

‘I saw my celebrations back and all the players are laughing at me jumping up and down, it felt like a David Pleat moment.

‘This is what football is for. When you get something from nowhere it gives you emotions and I think that’s why we are in it.

‘We never gave up, the players kept at it, it was a really proud performance.’




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Jose Mourinho aims dig at Arsene Wenger for leaving him out of his autobiography

Jose Mourinho has aimed a dig at Arsene Wenger after he failed to get a mention in the former Arsenal manager’s new autobiography.

Mourinho and Wenger have shared a long rivalry during their time together in the Premier League.

But the former Tottenham boss was left out entirely in Wenger’s new book, My Life in Red and White, with the 70-year-old opting to focus on his battles with Sir Alex Ferguson.

Wenger faced Mourinho 19 times during his managerial career but only managed to secure two victories – once in the Community Shield in 2015 and once in the Premier League as Arsenal sealed a 2-0 victory over Manchester United in May 2017.

Meanwhile, Mourinho recorded 10 victories over Wenger during his time at Chelsea and Manchester United.

Asked why he did not get a mention in the book, Mourinho replied: ‘Because he never beat me.

‘You are not going to do a chapter about 12 or 14 matches and you never win now.

‘So why should he speak about me in his book? A book is a thing toto make you happy, to make you proud. So I understand perfectly the situation.’

When asked why Mourinho was left out, Wenger said earlier this week:

‘I didn’t want to make a book that sorts out some differences.

‘I wanted it to be a positive book. I had more acrimonious battles with Sir Alex than Jose Mourinho.’

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Wenger tells Mourinho he would have taken role as an Arsenal adviser

Arsene Wenger tells old foe Jose Mourinho he WOULD have taken role as an Arsenal adviser after leaving managerial role… as he says ‘there is a deficit of knowledge in the big clubs’

  • Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger have had many clashes during their career 
  • Wenger left the Gunners in 2017 after a legendary 22-year spell at the club 
  • Mourinho questioned Wenger if he would consider going on the Arsenal board

Arsene Wenger faced many challenges from Jose Mourinho during his time as Arsenal manager.

The pair had a well-documented rivalry during Mourinho’s time at Chelsea and Manchester United, with the Portuguese manager famously labeling Wenger ‘a specialist in failure’.

Mourinho has spoken about his respect for Wenger since he left Arsenal, but the Frenchman might have been surprised to see a question from his former foe during a Q&A session with the Guardian.

Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho were heated rivals during the Frenchman’s time at Arsenal

The Frenchman had a legendary 22-year spell in charge of the north London club, which saw him claim three leagues titles and seven FA Cups.

Wenger is now head of football development at FIFA but was asked by Mourinho about his stance on returning to the boardroom at Arsenal.

Mourinho asked: ‘I had the opportunity to get to know you at Uefa and Fifa meetings and dinners. 

‘With your culture and vision, I believe you have the qualities to be a top exec, such as a CEO or director of football, at a club. 

‘Would you have ever considered such a role at Arsenal or was your desire always to remain on the pitch?’

To which Wenger responded: ‘No, I would have considered being on the board at Arsenal as an adviser.

Mourinho who is now Tottenham manager questioned Wenger during a Q&A video call

‘I believe that honestly there is a deficit of knowledge in the big clubs of top, top-level competition and games of top-level sport. And I believe we have seen recently that there are many ways to be successful in football.

‘For example, there’s the Bayern (Munich) way, where the whole success and continuity relies on people who know the values of the club, and they transfer that from generation to generation: Beckenbauer, Hoeness, Rummenigge.  

Wenger had admitted to Mourinho he would consider being an advisor to Arsenal’s board

‘Or there are models in England of quick money and quick success.

‘Both can work. I like the fact that a club is first an identity and has knowledge that is transferred from generation to generation. So that’s why I saw things that way.’

During the Q&A session, Mourinho was just one of few to question the Arsenal great, with former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, rapper Nines and filmmakers Spike Lee and Ken Loach also taking part.’

Wenger left Arsenal in 2018 after 22 years at the club while Mourinho now manages the Gunners’ biggest rivals Tottenham.




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Jose Mourinho not out for ‘revenge’ as Tottenham travel to coach’s former side Manchester United


Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says his side have “no excuses” at Manchester United as they reach the end of a gruelling run of games.

Spurs head to Old Trafford on Sunday for their fourth game in eight days, having booked their place in the Europa League group stages on Thursday.

Mourinho has previously complained about player welfare and said his players’ efforts have been “inhuman”, but he is gearing his side up for one last push before the international break.

“I am used to it. It’s the last one, the last match,” he said. “I don’t want to moan. I moaned enough and I moaned with real things on my hands and I don’t think anyone disagreed with me, even when I was moaning about the situation.

“But now [there] is only one more match, only the United match. But no excuses. They had only one match for the week and it was yesterday and probably the majority of the players who played are not going to play Sunday.

“But I want to forget that. We go there and we go there to discuss the game.”

Mourinho could be boosted by the return of Son Heung-min at Old Trafford as the South Korean recovers from a hamstring injury, which is not as bad as first feared. Son was previously ruled out until after the international break, but he could make a surprise comeback on Sunday.

“I don’t want to lie to you and say he doesn’t play and Sunday he’s there,” Mourinho said. “At the same time I don’t want to say he plays and then he doesn’t.

“So let’s wait and see; in this moment, I honestly don’t know.”

The game sees a return to Manchester United for Mourinho, almost two years after he was sacked as manager there.

One of his first matches in charge of Spurs was a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford last December, but Mourinho reacted with disdain when asked whether Sunday’s match was a revenge mission.

“What’s that? Revenge? I won so many times at Old Trafford as Man United coach and as an opponent coach.

“Revenge for what? Nobody treated me badly there, everyone was so nice to me, I don’t have enemies there, I don’t have bad feelings. Revenge for what? It’s just a football match I want to win.”

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