It has been a testing season for Jose Mourinho at Tottenham Hotspur, a statement that has never been more accurate than this past week in North London.
The Lilywhites went into their Round of 16-second leg against Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League two goals to the good, with many seeing it as a dead rubber match.
However, the Croatian side not only managed to keep Spurs at bay, earning a clean sheet, but also scored three goals of their own to send Mourinho packing.
This European exit has left the Carabao Cup as Tottenham’s only potential trophy and the Premier League top four as their only route back into the Champions League next season.
Despite this, Mourinho claims that he still sources strength from himself, as well as the people who love him all over the world. He even revealed that he used to dub his fans, Mourinistas. Mourinho also went on to explain how he deals with his critics.
He said (Sky Sports): “Honestly, I get my strength from myself, but mainly from the people that I love and the people that I know, they love me, even if many of them I don’t know them.
“I never met them. I used to call them the Mourinistas because in Portugal we use these ‘inistas’ in the end of the name of the club that we love to express to supporters.
“So, for example, if you are from Porto, you say Portista, if you are from Benfica, you say Benfikista. And if you are from Mourinho, we say Mourinista. And I have so many more Mourinistas around the world that I, I play for them.”
On his critics, he added: “I don’t think anybody is going to discuss rocket science with the guys from NASA, with everybody around the world.
“They think they can discuss football with one of the most important managers in the game. That’s the beauty of football. I got used to it. I appreciate that. So that’s fine for me.”
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