New Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has a fairly rich history with Tottenham. He has gone up against them as manager of three different clubs and has played them in four different competitions.
Mourinho was asked about the differences between the club from when he first went up against them as manager of Chelsea and now. The 56-year-old talked about the quality of the facilities in the club at the moment and insisted that it was better than any in the world.
Football.London quotes the new Spurs head coach as saying: “I just know the difference in the stadiums. One was a fantastic stadium to play football in but an old generation stadium and this one is brand new and is the best stadium in the world.
“The facilities in this one are the best I’ve ever seen and I’ve been in big clubs. It’s not like I arrive here from small clubs and think ‘wow’.
“I’ve been in big, big clubs with very good conditions. Chelsea, very good conditions, United the same, Madrid, the same, Inter the same. It’s not like I’ve been in bad conditions but here it’s fantastic.”
Mourinho was also asked about his famous ‘park the bus’ comment in reference to how Jacques Santini’s Tottenham set up against his Chelsea in a draw at White Hart Lane fifteen years ago.
He said, “They did once (park the bus). For me to play against Tottenham was always difficult.”
He admitted that he even though Tottenham hadn’t been league champions for a long time, he never found playing against Spurs easy.
“I never had the feeling that I was going to play Tottenham and it was going to be easy”, he added.
“They always had good players. They always had good managers. White Hart Lane was always very, very difficult. I never had that feeling.
“You can have the perception, OK they’re not champions for many many years, but that’s the way it is in this country, it’s not easy to win Premier Leagues.”
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It’s difficult to overestimate how far Tottenham have come in the last fifteen years both on and off the pitch. While the team has been improving steadily on the pitch, the club has also been really successful commercially and is still growing at an astonishing pace. This is why I believe Daniel Levy often doesn’t get the credit he deserves from Spurs fans.
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