Spurs star insists media’s portrayal of Mourinho is wide of the mark

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Jose Mourinho
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Jose Mourinho attracts a lot of media attention no matter where he goes and the situation has not been different since he arrived at Tottenham.

The Spurs head coach’s tactical decisions have been scrutinised endlessly (ESPN FC), his handling of the players has been questioned (talkSPORT) and there have even been reports suggesting that the players have not really taken the Portuguese coach since his appointment in late November (The Sun).

However, what is coming out of the Spurs camp seems to be entirely different. The likes of Lucas Moura (ESPN Brasil), Ryan Sessegnon (Daily Star), Eric Dier (Evening Standard) and Toby Alderweireld (Evening Standard) have already discussed how much they are enjoying working with the 57-year-old since he arrived in North London.

Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris has now revealed that the media’s portrayal of the Tottenham boss is far from accurate and insisted that it is a pleasure to work with Mourinho on a day-to-day basis.

The Frenchman also claimed that it was a great opportunity for players to learn given the success he has achieved in his managerial career.

Speaking to Eurosport, Lloris said: “He’s great. He’s a character. So of course, through the media, you can have preconceived ideas, but when you get in touch with him on a daily basis, inside a training centre… I think it’s a privilege.

“He’s coached so many great teams, so many great players. He’s got a lot of experience and a lot of trophies in his cupboard. When you’re a player, I think it’s a chance to be at his side because there’s so much to learn.”

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There are some football purists who have never liked Mourinho either as a person or a coach and they will continue to do their best to bring him down. However, it is clear that the players have taken to him and I believe the same is true of the vast majority of the fan base. It is only a vocal minority on social media that seem to hate his guts.

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