Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has accused one of his fellow Premier League managers of going ‘too far’ with his post-match criticism and feels he is treated different to many of his peers.
The Portuguese coach has seen his Spurs side lose five of their last six league matches and after yet another defeat at the weekend against West Ham he claimed the team had problems that he ‘cannot resolve by myself as a coach.’
But when asked to expand on that remark on Tuesday, Mourinho instead opted to take aim at an unnamed Premier League manager over his post-match comments.
Probed on what he meant, Mourinho said: ‘Well nothing specific, nothing that you probably think I wanted to say and I didn’t.
‘First of all, a press conference, three or four interviews, a flash interview, a couple of minutes after games – I sometimes think that we coaches are amazing guys for not saying too many… I don’t know if I can use the words… too many [swear words].
‘I think we have to be bright guys and in control of our emotions, and not to say the wrong things. Because it’s never easy especially after a defeat. And sometimes we can say things that are controversial, and sometimes we can say things that people don’t understand.
‘We can say even really bad things, which was not my case but for example this weekend I think one of my colleagues went a little bit too far in his words.
‘But that’s another story. Because he’s not Jose Mourinho that’s not a problem.’
Mourinho could have been referring to Jurgen Klopp – whose touchline behaviour he has questioned in the past – or Mikel Arteta, with Liverpool and Arsenal both losing, though it was Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel’s post-match remarks about Callum Hudson-Odoi which caused the most controversy this weekend.
Explaining his post-match reaction to the West Ham defeat further, Mourinho continued: ‘In relation to my question, or to my words, it’s a big frustration to lose matches – especially matches like that one.
‘I prefer to lose playing well than to lose playing bad, but when you lose playing bad the feeling is just of disappointment and sometimes rage.
‘But when you play so well and you lose you realise there are things that are not in your hands, you hit the post twice, that ball, the new ball, I hate that new ball, white and dark blue now, the ball didn’t want to go inside. I cannot control, probably the yellow ball would go inside.
‘We had two posts, we had lots of crosses across the face of the goal, the VAR was of course correct with the disallowed goal, but you are waiting for a little bit of luck and the VAR is correct.
‘You make a mistake, beginning of second half you make a mistake, boom, goal. So there are things that you can work a lot, you can fight, you can analyse, but there are things that are out of your control. But what can you do if you have things out of your control? Work.
‘That’s why after the game we didn’t go home, we came back here [to the training ground], we analysed the West Ham game so the next game we were ready to analyse with the players then the next day you analyse the first game against Wolfsberger and you work again.
‘You split the groups and some guys can train, others can’t, and you manage everything, you speak to everyone to try to give the players the best conditions. And the sports science, the medical guys, we work a lot in this building.
‘And sometimes you feel frustration, you don’t control, the ball hits the post, Gareth Bale’s shot, we make a mistake, they score. There is not a mistake we make defensively that is not a goal. We are in this moment where it looks like one mistake, one goal. You do so well, you don’t score.
‘So sometimes there are moments of frustration and I think the post-match interviews are the perfect place for a coach not to say the right things, or to leave some doubt. Like today, a pre-match press conference, I think everything we say you can follow word-by-word because we are calm, no pressure, no adrenaline, but after matches is not easy for us.’
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