‘Speak with me in two years’ – Mourinho on what he wants to achieve in the long-term

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur head coach, Jose Mourinho, has already had a big impact in North London since taking over from Mauricio Pochettino back in November.

In just over a month, the Special One has taken Spurs from 14th in the Premier League to 6th, and from 12 points shy of the top four to just three.

Mourinho has also made positive changes to the personnel at Tottenham, handing Lucas Moura a consistent first-team role, moving Dele Alli into his preferred number 10 role, and even giving Eric Dier another chance in the side.

Toby Alderweireld has also now signed a new long-term contract at the club, keeping him in North London until 2023.

The new Spurs gaffer has made it clear that one of the most important jobs for him now is to get to know the players on a deeper level in the next couple of years in order to progress the club and those playing for the badge.

He said (Sky Sports): “Yes. I need to understand the players, the persons. Not even the players, but the persons they are. I need time to understand that, you don’t know a person by a look, you don’t know a person by one week of work, and I work with so many different people that I just want, in this moment, to learn everything I can about them.

“If you speak with me in two years’ time, I will probably know them deeply. In this moment, everything is very superficial, and a very important part of the work is to try to know them the best I can.”

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