Jose Mourinho has risked the ire of Tottenham fans by offering his verdict on his season-and-a-half stint at the club, in which he failed to win a trophy for the first time in 19 years
Jose Mourinho has absolutely savaged Tottenham after admitting he didn’t have a close bond with the club.
The Special One spent a year-and-a-half in charge of Spurs, taking over from Mauricio Pochettino in November 2019 before getting the sack in April 2021, mere days before the north London side took on Manchester City in the League Cup final.
Controversial timing aside most Tottenham fans were happy to see the back of Mourinho, and it appears the feeling was mutual if the Roma boss’ recent comments are anything to go by.
“I hope the Tottenham fans don’t get me wrong, but the only club in my career where I don’t have still a deep feeling is Tottenham,” he said speaking ahead of Roma’s Serie A clash with Fiorentina on Saturday.
“Probably because the stadium was empty, Covid time, and probably because Mr Levy didn’t let me win a final and win a trophy. But [Tottenham] is the only one. After that, Porto, Chelsea, Inter, Real Madrid, Manchester United, all the clubs I feel a connection.
“Maybe people say you cannot love every club, yes I love every club. I love every club because I always felt the other way around they also love me, so with Roma one day it will be hard, but we will be connected forever like I am with all my previous clubs, apart from Mr Levy’s club.”
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Mourinho’s Tottenham exit marked the first time he’d departed a club without winning a trophy since 2002. The 60-year-old has won 26 major honours across his 23-year managerial career, averaging an impressive 1.13 pieces of silverware every season.
He’s on the verge of landing a 27th trophy with Roma set to face Sevilla in the Europa League final next week. If he succeeds, it’ll be his third victory in the competition, having won it with Porto in 2003 and again with United in 2017.
It’ll also be the sixth European trophy of his career, which will see him become the joint-third most successful manager in European club football history behind Giovanni Trapattoni (seven), Sir Alex Ferguson (seven) and Carlo Ancelotti (nine).