Jose Mourinho refutes the notion of being jealous of the Manchester City and Liverpool squads.
Spurs are eighth in the standings of the Premier League after losing 1-0 to Liverpool last weekend. Mourinho insists it is difficult to expect immediate results with the squad he currently has at hand.
“Come on, it is what it is. We cannot have a squad like some other teams. It’s not us,” Mourinho said. “I was watching Man City [against Aston Villa] and I looked to the bench – [Raheem] Sterling, Bernardo Silva, [Ilkay] Gundogan, [Nicolas] Otamendi. You know?
“Liverpool, you see the team, you see the bench. And they have injured [Joel] Matip, [Dejan] Lovren, [Naby] Keita, Fabinho. I’m not jealous, I have an amazing job, but they are different jobs. This is a different club.”
The Portuguese boss delved a bit deeper into what it feels like to manage Tottenham. He added, “It is the second time I get a team mid-season, just the second time. The first time was also not easy because it was the end of a team, the end of an era. It was an era without titles.
“Porto was not winning but it was the end of… I don’t want to say of a generation but it was the end of a team in the end of a season. Twelve players out, twelve players in, start everything from the beginning. Forget the good things of the past, forget the bad things of the past and let’s build from new. That is my experience in Porto coming in the middle of the season.”