Mourinho equally acknowledged that he will make ‘new mistakes’ in north London. That is perhaps only natural, but he considers himself no less capable of achieving success than he always has been, while his negative experiences have served to help him in the long-term.
“I’m not going to make the same mistakes,” the three-time Premier League winner said as he addressed the media for the first time since replacing Mauricio Pochettino on Wednesday.
“I’m going to make new mistakes. I am stronger. I am not fitter – I was always fit, but I am stronger from an emotional point of view.”
He continued, “I am humble. I am humble enough to try to analyse my career. Not just the last year, to analyse my career, its evolution. The problems and the solutions.”
Mourinho had been out of management for 11 months prior to getting the call from Spurs and explained that he has had a lot of time to ‘think’ and ‘prepare’ for his next role.
Having not taken a new job during the summer, he said that he expected to in a position where he was joining a new club midway through the season and is ready for the associated challenges of that. More specifically, he doesn’t expect to make wholesale changes immediately.
“I cannot think that I can come and change things in two or four days. I don’t have great experience of taking teams mid-season [and] it is only the second time I have done it.
“I did it at Porto, but I thought about it during these months [out of management] because I had the feeling I was going to get a team mid-season.
“I need to trust the base and the base is what was done before,” he said, adding that the squad has previously been in the hands of a ‘good manager’ in Pochettino.
Takeaways from JM 1st Presser:
Not going to change much from Poch style
Small details will make big difference
Not much transfer wise in Jan
Tried to sign multiple Spurs players in past
Spurs should see him as ‘Mr Club’ not Mr Chelsea
One shared non negotiable principle: Winning
— Ben Haines (@benhainess) November 21, 2019
As for any lingering concerns from fans over his allegiances, having previously managed rival clubs, Mourinho insisted that he is always fully committed to his current side, regardless of where he has been or what he has done in the past.
Indeed, in 2015 Mourinho revealed that he had refused the Tottenham job in 2007 the first time he was approached because his attachment to Chelsea at that time was still too strong.
“I think I am Mr Porto and Mr Real Madrid and other clubs as well. I am whatever club I am at,” he said in response questions of his past commitments. “I wear the pyjamas of the club and sleep in them. I am a club man, but I am a many club man.”
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