Jose Mourinho has a reputation for being an extremely tough coach, constantly demanding the best from his players.
However, Sergio Reguilon has revealed that the Tottenham boss has a different side to him that some do not see, claiming that he cares about his players on a human level.
The Spanish defender opened up on Mourinho’s generous gesture towards him on Christmas Day when he came to know that the former Real Madrid man would be spending it on his own.
When asked about what Mourinho was like in person, Reguilon said in an interview with AS: “I would like you to know him the way I know him. I could tell a thousand wonderful anecdotes.
“For example on Christmas day, who knows I am alone. We got to training on the 25th at 3 and I had a box on my site. I open it and it was a suckling pig already cooked.
“He told me ‘I know you are alone at Christmas so you don’t have to cook dinner and eat well.’
“It has details that people don’t know on a day-to-day basis, but for a footballer who is aware of how you are apart from football is very important.”
However, the 23-year-old also admitted that the Tottenham boss can also be tough when the situation demands.
When asked whether Mourinho’s reputation was unfair, he responded: “When he has to be hard, he is hard like anyone else. But he is a person who cares a lot about everyone.”
The left-back also admitted that the Tottenham boss has a different philosophy compared to that of Spain boss, Luis Enrique, as well as a different approach to training.
When asked to compare both, he said: “For me Mourinho and Luis Enrique are two top coaches. Each one has his method, each teacher has his booklet. Luis Enrique likes more to be in control of the ball, more to the Spanish philosophy of taking care of the ball.
“Mourinho likes that we are strong, that we also have the ball of course, but they are different ways of training. But in their measure, they are top each.”
Spurs Web Opinion
While many are quick to get on Mourinho when he calls players out, the Spurs boss does not get enough credit for the relationship he builds with some of his players. Many who have been coached by the Portuguese coach speak very highly of him as a person and a friend.
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