‘The Humble One’ is Gone. Welcome Back to the Real Jose Mourinho

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Tottenham Hotspur's Portuguese head coach Jose Mourinho attends a press conference at Tottenham Hotspur's Enfield Training Centre, in north London on February 18, 2020, ahead of their UEFA Champions League Last 16 First Leg football match against RB Leipzig. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

The ‘humble one‘ just doesn’t suit Jose Mourinho. His self titled humility on arriving as the new Tottenham Hotspur manager didn’t last long. Part of Mourinho’s appeal has always been his box office performances in front of the media. After Wednesday night’s defeat to RB Leipzig in the first leg of the round of 16 at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, box office Mourinho was back.

‘The Humble One’

Jose Mourinho is All About Jose Mourinho

When Mourinho’s teams are doing well – Spurs had been on a seven-game unbeaten run coming into the tie – and players all doing well, he is happy to answer questions and be relaxed around the media. After defeats, he is defensive and does not like or appreciate being challenged. In his post-match press conference after the RB Leipzig defeat, one question said: “On the day was it that Spurs were bad or that Leipzig were good?”

“You think we were bad?” Mourinho replied.

The result says you lost at home?

“Ok, I’m not going to answer you because I don’t like your question and I think your question is out of order.”

When Mourinho was finished he sarcastically applauded the reporter on his way out. He was truly back to his less than humble best.

‘The Humble One’ Just is Not Fun

Reporters like the challenge of Jose Mourinho. It’s much more fun than being humble and answering questions straight off the bat.

He is understandably frustrated. He has injuries to key players and no time to replace them. The bench looks weak and he has to struggle through to the end of the season with tired players, players who are not match fit, and a complete lack of attacking options to play through the middle.

Spurs played on Sunday at 2pm, Wednesday at 8pm and have little time before facing Mourinho’s old team Chelsea at lunchtime this Saturday. Maybe even Mourinho himself is feeling the pressure, and as he said in his post-match interview, he “cannot wait for 1st July.”

Tottenham Hotspur need rebuilding and big changes must surely come if this team is to become the winners that many expect under the serial winner himself.

One thing is for certain – the real Jose Mourinho is back. Expect plenty of fireworks before, during and after Saturday’s game at Stamford Bridge. The humble one is dead. Long live the box office king.

 

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