Jose Mourinho reckons he will go down in Tottenham history for 'good reasons' as pressure mounts after West Ham loss
JOSE MOURINHO believes he will go down in history at Tottenham – and for the right reasons.
The Special One, with five Prem defeats in his last six, has the lowest league win percentage of any Spurs boss since Juande Ramos, who was axed 13 years ago.
Mourinho, whose side host Austrians Wolfsberger in the second leg of their Europa League last 32 tie tomorrow night, insisted: “I am calm. I am in control of my emotions and I cannot switch on and switch off.
“I am happy and unhappy. My nature does not change. I lose a game and of course I am not happy. But maturity hopefully helps.
“I feel very confident and believe we are going to improve
“I also believe I will be in Tottenham’s history for the good reasons and not for the bad reasons.”
Multi-title winner Mourinho is currently on one of his worst runs as a manager.
The former Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United chief said: “I think it just shows how beautiful my career has been.
“Does this make me happy? No. Does this make me depressed? Not at all. It’s a challenge.
“I always feel I work for the clubs, for the players, for the supporters of the club. I always feel that I have to give them so much and the fact I’m giving them hard work but not the results is something that of course hurts me and is a great challenge for me because I believe I can give it.
“I’ve given it everywhere I have been, I want to give it again and I’m more motivated than ever. I believe that at least is what I feel.
“I’ve never felt what normally coaches feel when the results are bad. When the results are bad normally when the results are bad the coach is a lonely man. That’s what we normally are and in this club, in this building I’ve never felt that. Never.
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“I always felt, not just respected of course but always supported, that everyone is together in the same boat. By one side nobody is happy but by another side nobody is depressed and I feel positive.
“Maybe it can look a bit weird for you, losing so many matches and being positive, but yes I’m positive.
“I cannot say I’m happy but I would say I’m not unhappy.
“I wake up in the morning and I want to come back to work. I arrive in the building and feel the motivation in everyone.”
Tottenham already have one foot in the last 16 after beating Wolfsberger 4-1 in Austria last Thursday.
Gareth Bale is set to start for Spurs after his fine displays in the first leg and as a second half sub in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at West Ham.
Mourinho said: “He doesn’t need to convince me of anything. I am totally convinced about everything.
“It’s not about convincing me, it’s about being ready to play the minutes we all would love him to play.
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“It’s a process. You feel that in matches in the last couple of years. It’s the process.
“We want him of course to be ready to play every minute of every game.
“He is a player with special qualities, you could see against West Ham in the second 45 minutes the positive impact in the quality of the game. He had a cross, he had a couple of assists, he hit the crossbar.
“He is doing that better and better, but he is not playing 90 minutes, he is not playing every game. We have to manage his evolution.”
Tottenham: Hart, Doherty, Dier, Alderweireld, Davies; Sissoko, Winks; Bale, Alli, Lamela, Vinicius.
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