Jose Mourinho insists he remains ‘in control’ of the situation at Tottenham and ‘is more motivated than ever’ to arrest their dramatic slump in form and write a positive entry into the club’s history.
But in a defiant monologue on his own legacy and the pressure placed on managers, Mourinho said he isn’t feeling ‘depressed’ about the situation and still ‘wakes up wanting to come to work.’
He also insisted his relationship with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy remains strong, defended his sparing use of Gareth Bale and hit back at suggestions some players had grown tired of his training methods.
A defiant Jose Mourinho insisted he remains ‘in control’ of the situation at Tottenham despite a dramatic slump in form and is ‘more motivated than ever’ to write his page in the club’s history
Harry Kane rues a missed chance in what was Tottenham’s fifth defeat in six league games against West Ham on Sunday afternoon
He said in a press conference previewing Wednesday’s Europa League game with Wolfsberger: ‘It’s positive in the negative that you say I’m not used to this but I want to know which coach has always had blue sky and never cloudy or a bit dark?
‘Perhaps only a coach who is always at a dominant club in a league. It shows how beautiful my career has been.
‘Does it make me depressed? No. It’s a challenge.
‘I work for the club, the players and the supporters. I always feel I have to give them so much. It hurts me and it is a great challenge for me and I believe I can give it.
‘I give it everywhere I’ve been and I’m more motivated than ever.
From title challengers in December, Tottenham’s form has collapsed and they’re in mid-table
Premier League unless stated
Wednesday Wolfsberger (H)
Europa League last-32, second leg
Sunday Burnley (H)
March 4 Fulham (A)
March 7 Crystal Palace (H)
March 14 Arsenal (A)
March 21 Aston Villa (A)
‘I never felt what normally coaches felt when the results are bad, they are lonely men. That’s what we normally are. I never felt that in this building.
‘I feel not only respected but supported. Everybody in the same boat. Nobody is happy but nobody is depressed. I feel positive.
‘Maybe a bit weird for you after losing so many matches but I’m positive. I’m not happy but I wake up wanting to come here.
‘Everybody is loving training and working hard with so many matches.’
Later in the press conference, he added: ‘Thank god I’m not the manager I was. We all evolve.
‘Sometimes I had problems, not in terms of results as I didn’t have many bad results, but day to day problems and I reacted in a much more emotional way. Instead of helping myself I was creating more conflicts.
‘As an example I left Chelsea as a champion. Maybe your experience as a journalist tells you that people with more experience can deal with negative things better.
‘We are calm. I am not happy but maturity helps and I am feeling very confident.
‘I believe that we will win through and that I will be in Tottenham’s history through good reasons rather than bad.’
There have been reports that some players are tired of Mourinho’s training sessions
On his relationship with Levy, Mourinho said: ‘My relationship is the same since day one which is one of respect and open communication. We respect each other. There is no contradiction between us because we both feel the same.
‘I believe we all feel the same feelings. Nobody is happy, nobody is depressed and everybody feels we are going to do better.
Mourinho has also been criticised for his sparing use of Gareth Bale, who returned to the club on loan from Real Madrid last summer but has only started two league games.
But he suggested that the Welshman has nothing to prove to him.
Mourinho said: ‘He doesn’t need to convince me. It’s about playing the minutes I would love him to play. It’s a process.
‘You see the number of matches he played in previous years. He had a positive impact, he had a cross, a couple of assists, he had a shot, he hit the post.
Gareth Bale gave Tottenham more drive when he came on against West Ham on Sunday
‘He’s doing that better but he’s not playing 90 minutes. We are managing his evolution. He has nothing to convince me of.
‘I can tell you that in this moment Gareth is playing the minutes that he feels he can and what he wants and we want is to play more matches than he did and more crucial matches than he did.’