Jose Mourinho came across in really calm and composed manner in his first press conference as Tottenham Hotspur manager, a far cry from the sensational and brash demeanor he has presented previously.
He insisted that the almost year-long break he has had from football has given him the time to assess his mistakes and he is now better manager as a result.
The Portuguese was confident that he won’t repeat the same mistakes that he made in the past at other clubs.
However, he did admit that there is one thing about him that will never change – he will always unhappy when the team fails to win.
When asked if he has found his mojo back after appearing to be extremely unhappy towards the end of his time at Manchester United, the 56-year-old explained that he can’t help but be miserable if the team fails to win and that is a quality he wants all his players to have.
Speaking to Football.London, the new Tottenham boss said: “When I don’t win I cannot be happy and I cannot change that in my DNA. I hope I can influence the players in not being happy without winning football matches.
“If you are happy by losing football matches, it’s difficult to be a winner in any moment of your career. That’s a basic principle. But the emotional control, to keep the self-esteem and confidence in yourself and show confidence to others and in those who work around you is very, very important as a principle.
“Another thing I have to learn and those who work around me is that sometimes you have to work with people that don’t love you and work well. The other thing is that people who work for you and around you have to learn to share your principles. I have principles that I will keep for the rest of my career and I cannot change. One of these principles is I don’t like to lose.”
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While one can certainly expect Mourinho to have a rejuvenating effect on the team for the rest of the season, the big question mark with him has always been whether he can respond calmly when the team hits a rough patch. Hopefully, he doesn’t repeat some of the antics we have seen from him at other clubs.
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