Mourinho explains why he is becoming a better coach with age

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Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho has insisted that he is a better coach now than he was in his younger days due to the experience he has under his belt.

The Portuguese coach rose to fame almost two decades ago when he guided Porto to a famous treble.

Extremely successful spells at Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid then followed.

However, things did not exactly gone to plan for the 57-year-old in his last two managerial stints at Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford.

Mourinho has had to deal with plenty of criticism over recent years, with some insisting that he is past his best.

However, the Tottenham head coach believes that he still has a long future in the game.

When asked how he still manages to stay motivated, he told Football.London: “First of all, because I’m very young. People think I’m very old because I have been at this level since 2002.

“I’m not very old. I’m very young for a football manager. It’s the kind of job where you become better with experience and not worse.”

Mourinho insisted that he now makes better decisions than he did in his previous jobs due to the experienced he has accumulated in the game over the years.

He added: “I am not impulsive anymore. I am more in control of my emotions. I think better, decide better. I think a coach, the older you get, there’s an accumulation of experience.

“You are not a player. You don’t need your body to work in the same way. You need your brain to be better. I don’t need to sprint. I don’t need to jump.

“I don’t need to run for 90 minutes. I need to think. So a coach gets better and better until the motivation is gone.”

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The main criticism of Jose seems to be that his tactical approach is out of date. Many people question if his approach is good enough to win titles in the current era which is dominated by teams that employ a possession-based, high-intensity approach.

It is a fact that many of Jose’s methods that set him apart from the rest of the competition a couple of decades ago, have now been universally adopted all teams. So his teams do not enjoy the same advantage over their rivals in terms of tactical details that they once did.

However, what many people who criticise Jose’s tactics ignore, is the fact that football constantly keeps evolving. So, one certainly cannot put it beyond Mourinho to build a team that reinvents the wheel again and proves very effective in both attacking and defensive transitions.

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