Mourinho explains how his touchline behaviour is different from previous years

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Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho has insisted that he has much more emotional control on the sidelines that he used to in previous years, now that he has more experience under his belt.

The Spurs boss is known for his rather eccentric touchline antics and has never been one to hide his emotions.

His sprint along the touchline at Old Trafford after guiding Porto to Champions League quarter final win, his altercation with the Barcelona players and coaching staff during El Classico, to holding up three fingers to Juventus fans at the Allianz Arena to remind them of his treble win with Inter, the Portuguese coach has given fans some memorable moments over the years.

Although we have seen glimpses during his time at Spurs, on the whole, the 58-year-old has been much more restrained.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Mourinho admitted that it is “sometimes” very hard for him to stay calm.

The Tottenham boss said: “The good thing is that – for a long, long, long, long time – I didn’t get a suspension or a ban.

“I haven’t lost my passion, but I am more experienced and have more emotional control.”

Mourinho did receive his marching orders when his Manchester United side came up against Slaven Bilic’s West Ham at Old Trafford in 2016 for booting a water bottle.

He will be hoping to have a better afternoon this Sunday as his Spurs side travel to the Hawthorns to take on Bilic’s West Brom.

The Croatian coach admitted at the time that Mourinho’s sending off was harsh. Mourinho said regarding his colleague’s support: “That’s because he’s a football guy.

“He has a lot of experience and, I think, apart from our friendship, football people understand this kind of situation.”

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