Tottenham’s Manager, Jose Mourinho will face Slaven Bilic this weekend, insisting he is much calmer these days compared to when the pair previously met four years ago.
During a 1-1 draw with Bilic’s West Ham at Old Trafford in November 2016, Mourinho who was in charge of Manchester United was sent off for kicking a water bottle – his second red card in a month.
The water bottle-booting was provoked by Paul Pogba getting a yellow card for simulation; a caution Bilic admitted afterwards was harsh and Mourinho said: “That’s because he’s a football guy. He has a lot of experience and, I think, apart from our friendship, football people understand this kind of situation.”
Jose Mourinho who admits it is sometimes very hard to stay calm, said. “I haven’t lost my passion, but I am more experienced and have more emotional control.”
“The good thing is that – for a long, long, long, long time – I didn’t get a suspension or a ban”.
When Jose Mourinho was asked on Tottenham’s chance to go top of the Premier League if they beat West Brom on Sunday: “It’s nice. We are not going to hide that you always look at the table and where you are” he said.
“If you look through clinical, cynical eyes, you see that [being top] doesn’t mean a lot; the league is so compact.But to look at it and see you are third or second or fourth or first makes a difference.”
Mourinho who was seen criticising his players on social media a week after they suffered a disappointing loss and performance at Royal Antwerp in an Instagram photograph of himself on the team bus, said “Bad performances deserve bad results. Hope everyone in this bus is as upset as I am. Tomorrow 11AM training.”
Some of the players criticised the move, but Mourinho said the barb was not aimed at provocation or even inspiration. “No, that was not the objective,” he said. “I am not an Instagram man in my nature. I have to be honest. I’ve nothing to hide.”
He further explained that “I was asked by my sponsors to do it because, when I closed my account a few years ago, we had a few million followers and the sponsors were not happy when I closed it, so now I am doing it bit by bit.
“Do my players look at it and read it? I’ve no idea. The diversity of the posts makes it just good fun in the end, and people like to follow for that reason. It’s quite funny. No problem.” He said.