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"I'm only a disciple of my father"-Mourinho

Fri 01 January 2021 | 18:38

Mourinho claimed he does not know Bielsa well enough to judge, but dismissed the suggestion a coach should have "disciples".

Tottenham's match against Fulham has been postponed due to several players being infected with the Coronavirus, and now Jose Mourinho's team has to face Leeds United. Many believe that Marcelo Bielsa, the experienced Leeds manager, was Mourinho's role model in the world of coaching, but the Tottenham manager is not interested in using such terms.


I'm only a disciple of my father. I don't like that situation in football

," he told a news conference.

"Even younger coaches or people who have worked with me in football. I don't like that they are "disciples" of Jose.

"Every coach is an individual with his own ideas. They can be influenced by one or another but they are an individual.

"I don't know [Bielsa] well. I think he was Athletic Bilbao coach in one of the seasons when I was at Real Madrid. Now is the first time we are in the Premier League at the same time.

"For sure he has to be a very good coach, but I'm not the person to analyse him because I don't know him. I've shook hands a couple of times, that's it."

Leeds have won their last two games and are looking for their third consecutive win. If the Bielsa men win this game, they will be equal to Tottenham with 26 points, while a victory for Mourinho's team could take them into the top four.

"You might start bad, or end bad or have a difficult moment in the Christmas period or difficult moment with injuries, it is very difficult to be stable in terms of results," Mourinho said.

"I believe that we are going to have good periods again. When you go through all the other clubs [playing well], apart from maybe Aston Villa who have kept that stability, one was knocked out of the Champions League, another one drew two matches in a row, another one lost three matches in a row away from home.

"It is difficult for everybody. I keep saying, maybe not everyone agrees with me, that in every club there are good players. In every club there are players that could play for the top clubs.

"I am not speaking about Liverpool and Chelsea, I am speaking about the teams considered with less potential. That is getting fake and fake and fake. I don't look anymore at the dimension of the club, I don't look anymore at the table."

This will be Mourinho's first meeting with Leeds in all competitions.



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