Jose Mourinho has suggested that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp can get away with more on the touchline than he can over his behaviour.
The Spurs head coach exchanged words with Klopp following the final whistle of the at Anfield in December.
After seeing Liverpool take all three points from the match courtesy of a late Roberto Firmino header, Mourinho revealed that he told the German the best team on the night lost, which Klopp disagreed with.
Mourinho suggested in his post-match interview that Klopp’s animated touchline behaviour goes unpunished by the officials (Guardian).
Ahead of the return fixture at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this evening, Mourinho claimed that he has had to change his behaviour and has managed to bring his temper under control which has improved his ability to assess the match unfolding in front of his eyes.
The 58-year-old claimed that while he has previously been handed sizeable fines and touchline bans, some of his counterparts have evaded punishment.
He told Football.London: “In my case, I felt an evolution. I felt an evolution on the emotional control. I felt an evolution in the calmer I am the better I can read the game,”
“And I’m even happy that my assistants, they look to the touchline sometimes for communication and I stay in a privileged position. And I felt that I had to change my behaviour, which I’m really really happy with.
“That’s my personal case. I cannot speak for other guys.
“What I can say, is when I didn’t behave well I paid the price. And I paid the price in two ways: one was to see matches on TV in the dressing room and another price was big-money fines and I feel that, for some of the other guys, it doesn’t happen the same. It doesn’t happen the same with them.
“But, if the referee and the fourth official are there to do that job, I just hope they do that job and act the way they have to act.”
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