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Mourinho’s the Humble One set for Spurs battle

Call him the Humble One.

After 11 months analyzing how his reign at a fractured Manchester United ended, Jose Mourinho believes he is taking charge of Tottenham Hotspur emotionally stronger.

The Portuguese was handed a route back into English Premier League management this week following Mauricio Pochettino’s firing.

“I’m humble enough to try to analyze what I did in my career,” Mourinho said yesterday. “The evolution, the problems, the solutions.

“The principle of the analysis was not to blame anyone else.”

Mourinho first arrived in England at Chelsea in 2003 calling himself a “Special One”.

Asked if he was no longer as brash, Mourinho said: “I was always humble but you didn’t understand that.”

It is the first time Mourinho has been hired by a team in mid-season since 2002 when he was hired by Porto — the team that set him on the path to managerial superstardom with UEFA Champions League glory two years later.

“Eleven months were not a waste of time,” Mourinho said. “These 11 months were a time to analyze, to rethink, to prepare and anticipate things.

“You never lose your DNA. You never lose your identity. I had time to think about many things. Don’t ask me what are the mistakes. But I realize during my career I made mistakes but I won’t make the same mistakes. I’m going to make new mistakes.”

Falling out with players and the club leadership — even the media at times — were clearly among the mistakes at Real Madrid, Chelsea, and United.

“I’m stronger,” Mourinho said. “When I say I’m stronger — from the emotional point of view. I am relaxed. I am motivated. I am ready. I think the players felt that in two days.”

Mourinho’s first game is a London derby at West Ham United tomorrow, with Spurs 11 points from the four UCL places.

Tottenham hasn’t won the league since 1961.

“We can’t win the Premier League this season,” Mourinho said. “We can ... next season.”

Mourinho paid tribute to his predecessor Pochettino and backed the Argentine to find happiness again at a different club.

He said the club’s door will always be open for Pochettino, who guided Spurs to the UCL final last season.

“I have to congratulate him on the incredible job he did,” Mourinho said.

“This club will always be his home, this training ground. He is always welcome here.

“Tomorrow is another day. He will find happiness soon. He will give everything like he did at this club.

“He will leave with sadness with the feeling that he did great work. It is what everyone at the club felt.”


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