Jose Mourinho says he received ‘half a trophy’ at Tottenham, including to checklist of doubtful claims

Jose Mourinho says he received ‘half a trophy’ at Tottenham, including to checklist of doubtful claims

Jose Mourinho will need to have cracked a smile when he got here up with the idea of successful ‘half’ a trophy. CARL RECINE/POOL/AFP through Getty Pictures

By no means one to be out of the limelight for too lengthy, Jose Mourinho was in glowing kind as he chatted with James Corden over Zoom this week.

The Portuguese coach, having fun with a summer time off following his sacking by Tottenham Hotspur earlier than formally beginning work as Roma boss subsequent season, joined the host of “The Late, Late Present” for an interview revealed by The Solar.

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Mourinho casually dropped into dialog that he managed so as to add to his profession trophy haul throughout his 17-month tenure at Spurs, regardless of not successful something. Whereas discussing Manchester United, one other of his former golf equipment, Mourinho knowledgeable Corden that he is really received “25-and-a-half” trophies as a supervisor.

“What’s the half?” requested Corden, momentarily confused, to which Mourinho replied: “The half is the ultimate I did not play with Tottenham.”

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Trophy No. 25 got here in 2016-17 after successful the Europa League with Manchester United. Nevertheless, for Mourinho the “half” got here in April when Mourinho was fired by Spurs lower than every week earlier than they had been resulting from face Manchester Metropolis within the Carabao Cup ultimate.

Spurs subsequently misplaced 1-Zero at Wembley beneath interim supervisor Ryan Mason, however their former boss clearly feels he did sufficient within the previous 4 rounds of the competitors to warrant a fraction of any potential glory.

When Corden requested if he was disenchanted to not be saved on till after the ultimate, Mourinho aimed a sly dig at his former employers by saying: “In fact. To have an opportunity to win a trophy with a membership that does not have many, that was a dream.”


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Profitable 25 trophies is spectacular by any normal, and but Mourinho has loads of earlier on the subject of exaggerating his profession achievements. He famously claimed a “treble” at United in 2016-17, urging his gamers to have a good time their Europa League triumph by holding three fingers aloft having received the League Cup a number of months prior and the Neighborhood Protect, not rather more than a preseason pleasant, the week earlier than the marketing campaign started.

It wasn’t precisely the trio of home league, home cup and Champions League which is historically handled because the “Treble” (with a capital “T”) by Europe’s high golf equipment. The truth is, it even pales compared to Liverpool’s 2000-01 haul of FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup triumphs, which many followers round Previous Trafford and elsewhere dismissed as a “plastic treble.” However nonetheless, it was ok for Jose.


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English football was launched to Mourinho’s distinctive model of scorekeeping as early because the 2005-06 season, when as Chelsea supervisor his reigning champions had been knocked out of the League Cup on penalties within the third spherical.

Mourinho repeatedly claimed his aspect “did not lose the sport” within the aftermath, regardless of clearly having misplaced the shootout in opposition to Charlton Athletic 5-4. He might have been technically appropriate, because the document books don’t register shootout losses as defeats, however it’s unlikely Mourinho modified many minds. No less than he did not insist his squad flip up for Charlton’s subsequent fourth-round tie in opposition to Blackburn Rovers a month later.


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Eyebrows had been raised in equally quizzical vogue when Mourinho tried to defend his Manchester United team’s underwhelming house document within the Premier League within the 2016-17 season.

In a bid to show consideration away from the huge quantity of attracts United had been being held to on their very own turf, Mourinho tried to baffle us all with the brain-melting calculation that 10 attracts are in reality higher that 5 wins and 5 defeats.

“I do know 10 attracts are 10 factors. 5 wins and 5 defeats is 15 factors,” Mourinho instructed reporters. “What is best? The 15 factors clearly. However when it comes to seeking to the long run, I want to have a look at 10 matches and 10 attracts.”


Statistics had been bent to breaking level and past in June 2020 when Mourinho took umbrage over claims he wasn’t getting one of the best out of Harry Kane. The Spurs coach barked again: “I had one man referred to as [Didier] Drogba, he performed for me for 4 seasons, he scored 186 targets, which provides a median of 46 targets per season,”

He then went on to checklist all the highest strikers which have flourished beneath him, name-checking Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Diego Milito, and Karim Benzema. The one subject being that Drogba really solely scored 73 targets beneath Mourinho at Chelsea, lower than half the quantity initially said by the latter.


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Maybe the best instance of Mourinho’s malleable use of details and figures got here on the very starting of his United tenure in 2016, when hope was new and relationships hadn’t but turn out to be irreversibly frayed.

In his introductory information convention, the Portuguese coach made some extent of addressing the issues over his document of blooding younger gamers by itemizing each single youth prospect he’d given sport time to as a supervisor.

“I knew this query was coming,” he mentioned. “Do you need to know what number of gamers I’ve promoted from academies? Forty-nine. Would you like me to checklist them out?”

He then proceeded to sit down and browse by a ready doc naming each single one of many 49 academy graduates he’d seen come by the ranks in any respect of his earlier golf equipment. It did not matter that only some of these names went on to have a lot of a profession on the high stage, or that a few of them barely bought various minutes of taking part in time as late substitutes. Mourinho had his 49 names.

That is the magic of the Particular One’s “particular” arithmetic — it does not matter in the event that they’re proper or improper, and even shut, so long as they’re delivered with sufficient zeal.

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