‘It was a surprise’ – Spurs defender claims Mourinho is not how he is portrayed to be

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Dom Le Roy

Juan Foyth has praised Jose Mourinho’s achievements in the game and insisted that the Tottenham boss is completely different to how he is portrayed by some in the media.

Mourinho has never been too far away from the limelight during his two-decade long coaching career.

The Portuguese coach is not shy of speaking his mind to the press and often comes up with controversial statements.

Perhaps the start of the media circus around the Tottenham boss began when he announced to the world that he was ‘the special one’ after taking over at Chelsea in 2004 on the back of his Champions League success with Porto.

Foyth insisted that Mourinho has certainly proven over the course of his career that he is indeed special.

When asked about the Tottenham boss’ self-ascribed title, the Spurs defender, who is currently on loan at Villarreal, told 90 min: “He can be called however he wants, however, he wants to call himself, because he’s won everything.

“I think he is special in the way he declares it, right? He is a bit special.”

Mourinho has never been shy of criticising or calling out his own players, a trait that he has often taken a lot of heat for.

However, Foyth feels that Mourinho is a victim of his own honesty and admitted that he was surprised to find that the 58-year-old was a much warmer person than his reputation suggests.

The Argentine added: “The truth is that when you see him at the press conferences, he tells you [what he thinks] himself.

“I think in the Tottenham [Amazon Prime] documentary he said it, that everyone thinks that he is a bad person, that he always wants to fight. But no, the truth is that with the group, he is very close to the group.

“He talks a lot with all the players. It was a surprise to me when he arrived. Because of course, we would all watch the press conferences and say ‘uh, not this’. But the truth is that he is a very good person.”

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