Jose Mourinho has admitted that he is still learning his way around Instagram and defended his recent posts on the social networking platform.

After Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat to Royal Antwerp last Thursday, the Spurs boss took to Instagram to post a picture of him sitting in the bus looking glum, with the caption: “Bad performances deserve bad results. Hope everyone in this bus is as upset as I am. Tomorrow 11AM training.”

That post has been subject to a lot of debate over the past week, with former Arsenal defender Martin Keown even labelling it “childish” (talkSPORT).

Some pundits including Jermaine Jenas have come to the Spurs boss’ defence, insisting that there was nothing wrong the Portuguese coach trying to showcase his humour and his personality on social media (BC 5 Live Sport).

Mourinho himself has now addressed the criticism, explaining that his posts on social media are not for his players.

He revealed that the reason he decided to reopen his account and started being active on it was to make his sponsors happy.

When asked if his post was aimed at inspiring his players, the Tottenham boss told Sky Sports: “No, that was not the objective. I am not an Instagram man in my nature. I have to be honest. I’ve nothing to hide.

“I was asked by my sponsors to do it because, when I closed my account a few years ago, we had a few million followers and the sponsors were not happy when I closed it, so now I am doing it bit by bit.

“Do my players look at it and read it? I’ve no idea. The diversity of the posts makes it just good fun in the end, and people like to follow for that reason. It’s quite funny. No problem.”

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