“People look at me with different eyes” – Mourinho hits out at pundits over team selection

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has hit out at his critics after claiming he is treated differently to other managers in the Premier League.

With the Portuguese enjoying a recent good run of form with the North Londoners, Mourinho has claimed that some have different expectations of him compared to his peers.

When Mourinho joined Spurs in November, the Lilywhites had slumped down to 14th position in the league but are currently still in the mix for Europa League football following the 3-0 victory over Leicester City (BBC).

Despite this impressive turnaround in what has been a very disappointing season, on the whole, Mourinho is not impressed with how he is being treated.

In an indirect dig against some football pundits Mourinho told Sky Sports: “People look at me with different eyes. I know people expect me to do things that you don’t expect with many others. I don’t read much, but with some of the questions I get, I have that feeling, yes.”

Mourinho has been criticised often for his team selection after leaving some of Tottenham’s big buys on the bench, however, he has insisted the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp do not receive the same criticism.

“For example, the other day after a game (the 3-1 win at Newcastle) the first question was about a player that didn’t start.

“When a player is not playing with other coaches it’s never a problem. They make rotations. They make decisions. They leave on the bench incredible players and everyone looks at them and feels that this is their job. That’s the way a big team has to be.

“When Tottenham, for the first time in the season has, for example, Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn, Erik Lamela and Heung-Min Son (all available), people always ask me about the ones that are not playing. So, yes, in some aspects I feel that a bit.”

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I have to admit, I wanted to see more of Tanguy Ndombele after the return to football. Mourinho claimed he was doing well in training but we still didn’t see him play. However, I have to agree with him in the sense of Guardiola does not receive the same level of criticism for mixing up his side.

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