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Full transcript of Mourinho’s passionate 300-word response to pressure claims

Jose Mourinho delivered a passionate, five minute long response when asked how he is dealing with the current pressure on his shoulders at Tottenham.

Spurs are in a woeful run of form, and Sunday's defeat to West Ham was their fifth in their last six Premier League games.

They now sit nine points off the Champions League qualification spots, and there have been rumours circulating that Mourinho could be relieved of his duties unless things improve rapidly.

But in what appeared to be a pre-planned statement ahead of his side's Europa League last-32 second leg tie against Wolfsberger on Wednesday, Mourinho seemed to want to make it very clear that he is not feeling the strain at Spurs.

When asked how he is coping with what is one of the worst spells of his managerial career, he replied: "First of all, there is a positive in the negative that you say that I'm not used to this, and that my career has been the opposite of this. That's a great thing.

"But I want to know which coach at the end of his career can say that he has always had blue sky and never cloudy or a bit dark. Perhaps only a coach who is always at a dominant club in a league.

"It shows how beautiful my career has been. Does this make me happy? No. Does it make me depressed? Not at all. It is a challenge.

"I work for the club, the players and the supporters. I always feel I have to give them so much. The fact I'm giving them hard work but not the results hurts me and it's a great challenge for me because I believe I can give it. I gave it everywhere I've been and I'm more motivated than ever.

"I never felt what normally coaches felt when the results are bad, when they are lonely men. That's what we normally are. I never felt that in this club and in this building.

"I feel not only respected but supported and that everybody in the same boat. On one hand nobody is happy but on the other hand nobody is depressed. I feel positive.

"Maybe it can look a bit weird for you after losing so many matches but I'm positive. I cannot say I'm happy but I'm not unhappy, and I wake up wanting to come here.

"Everybody is loving training and working as hard as possible with so many matches.

"We want to play tomorrow, we want to play on Sunday and we want to try to get back as soon as possible to getting good results."

Spurs' next two league games could be make or break for Mourinho, with his team facing Burnley on Sunday before taking on Fulham the following Thursday.

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