The international break has a funny way of making everyone go a little crazy, and it seems as though Jose Mourinho has fallen into that very trap.
The Tottenham boss is undoubtedly one of the greatest to ever step into a dugout, although his recent lack of success has left people questioning his methods and wondering whether he has what it takes to survive in the modern game.
For Mourinho, the criticism is nothing new, and he told a club event that he doesn’t even care about all the hate as he only draws on the support of his own little cult to keep him going.
“Honestly, I get my strength from myself, but mainly from the people that I love and the people that I know, they love me, even if many of them I don’t know them,” Mourinho said (via Sky Sports News). “I have never met them.
“I used to call them the ‘Mourinistas’ because in Portugal we use these ‘inistas’ in the end of the name of the club that we love to express to supporters.
“So, for example, if you are from Porto, you say Portista, if you are from Benfica, you say Benfikista. And if you are from Mourinho, we say ‘Mourinista’. And I have so many more ‘Mourinistas’ around the world that I, I play for them.”
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Mourinho was later asked how he deals with those who criticise him, and he simply insisted that there is nobody in the world who is worthy of speaking to him about football.
“I don’t think anybody is going to discuss rocket science with the guys from NASA, with everybody around the world,” he began. “They think they can discuss football with one of the most important managers in the game. That’s the beauty of football. I got used to it. I appreciate that. So that’s fine for me.”
His tirade then turned towards the ‘irresponsible, unmotivated’ current generation of players, whom he urged to copy Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the man who only refers to himself in the third person, kicks other people for fun and sees himself as a walking deity.
“If everybody outside football, they think is the coach that is going to make miracles and transform and unmotivated player in a motivated player and non-professional player in a professional player, if somebody thinks that is just to to put responsibilities on the person that that cannot make miracles and to take away responsibilities from the individual,” he said.
“And I believe in these in these new generations, this is happening a lot. Even Ibrahimovic with thirty nine years old, this is not people that is in love with what football can give you because they have everything.
“This is people that is in love with football. So when you are a 12-year-old, I think you have really to be in love with football.”