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Jose Mourinho’s reign at Tottenham was not long-lived after he lasted just 17 months in the hot seat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. But former winger Erik Lamela has claimed Mourinho worked extremely hard to be successful despite his disastrous tenure.
Mourinho was appointed as Tottenham boss in November 2019 after Mauricio Pochettino was dismissed by the club.
Taking over the club in 14th place, Mourinho earned the club a sixth-placed finish on the final day of the season, salvaging an otherwise poor season.
But after going first in the league just before Christmas, the Portuguese boss was sacked just months later after falling to eighth by April.
He had suffered a similar fate at Manchester United the season before.
Having taken over the club in 2016 with the club in fifth, he was sacked in December 2019 after leaving United 19 points from the top of the table.
However, Lamela, who signed for Spurs in 2013, has praised his former boss for his mentality and work ethic.
“José is an amazing coach,” Lamela said to The Times.
“His mentality is amazing. He tried his best for the club — I can say that because it’s the truth.
“I know how hard he worked for Tottenham, he was a great guy as well and I enjoyed the time with him.”
There can sometimes be an intense media scrutiny focused around a manager when he is under pressure, but Lamela admits that the team could have done better to prevent his departure.
He continued: “When the managers go you feel bad because the feeling is that the team is not doing amazing.
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“Of course we all have a responsibility of when the team wins and when the team loses. Those moments don’t feel good.”
Lamela has since moved to Sevilla, scoring three goals in nine La Liga games, and his contribution means the Andalusian outfit sit just one point from the top of the table with a game in hand.
Meanwhile, Tottenham are positioned in sixth with a view to going fourth if they can beat Manchester United on Saturday.
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