Mourinho answers critics and discloses post-match talks with Tottenham flops

Defiant Jose Mourinho claims he’s convinced he will make history at Tottenham for all the right reasons – and not the wrong ones.

Mourinho has faced a barrage of criticism and calls for the sack in the wake of Sunday’s defeat at West Ham.

But the former Special One reckons he is better equipped to deal with failure than he ever was – because he’s learned from his mistakes.

Mourinho said: “Thank God I’m not the manager I was. Thank God. Probably I wouldn’t be so calm and confident and in control of my emotions.

“During my career I had sometimes problems not in relation to results, because I didn’t have many problems with results. I had day by day problems in clubs.

“I reacted previously in a much more emotional way and instead of helping myself and the ones around me, I was creating more conflict situations.

“People with more experience, we are better equipped to cope with negative moments. I am calm. I am in control of my emotions.

“I lose a game, I am not happy. But maturity helps. I feel very confident. I believe we are going to improve.

“And I believe I will be in Tottenham history for the good reasons and not the bad reasons. I am more motivated than ever.”

Defeat to West Ham was his side’s fifth in eight games, and Mourinho revealed he took his players straight back to the training ground for a post-match debrief.

Defender Ben Davies said: “It was not so much to clear the air as a chance to learn and improve on where you went wrong. We were able to do that.

“Hopefully we can show it. Is he less fiery than he was? No not at all. He’s desperate to win and that rubs off on players. You can only thrive off that.”

Spurs have a chance to bounce back against Wolfsburg in the Europa League tonight, a tie in which they are leading 4-1, and still have a League Cup final to look forward to.

Mourinho, who admits Tottenham’s recent form “hurts”, said: “We go with a strong side, with a bench who can help turn the direction of the tie if we need.”

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