Jose Mourinho was sacked by both Chelsea and Manchester United for losing the faith of his playing squad in both 2015 and 2018 – and that might just be repeated in 2021.
The once legendary Portuguese boss watched his Tottenham side throw away a lead to lose against Arsenal in the north London derby before being embarrassed 3-0 at Dinamo Zagreb to crash out of Europe.
Although Mourinho was keen to praise their Europa League opponents and look to the future following that defeat, he spoke about some issues behind the scenes after beating Villa on Sunday.
Although some fans might want to see a manager call out those who might not be a postive influence behind the scenes, it didn’t go so well at Stamford Bridge or Old Trafford.
Mourinho said in one of his final interviews as Chelsea boss in December of 2015: "The players that are not performing well, they must feel attacked in their pride and their self-esteem and they have to do everything to get results in a humble way.
"I don't think in this moment they can feel they are top players or they can feel they are superstars. They have to look at the Leicester boys and to feel these are the stars, these are the top players.
"They have to look to Sunderland and Watford and say: ‘We are at the same level. I am not the superstar, I am not the player of the season, I am not the world champion, I am not the Premier League champion. At this moment, I am at your level.'"
Mourinho then said before he was sacked by United in December of 2018: "I expect (better) from my players, especially players that week in, week out, you ask me 'why don't they play?', 'why they don't they start?'
"(It) was a good match to play, a match without any kind of pressure, a match in a competition that everybody likes to play.
"And, in the end, my team improved, really, when I made the changes that I didn't want to make, which is a little bit of frustration because I didn't want to play the three players that I played in the second half."
Fast forward three years and history might yet repeat itself as Daniel Levy targets Champions League qualification with a top four finish in the Premier League.
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“Football nowadays is not easy in relation to that,” he told Sky Sports of his Spurs players.
“The selfishness is around, the individual interests are around, the agents are around, the connections between agents and press are around. And instead of developing a feeling of a team, empathy, ‘I do for you, you do for me’, ‘I win if I play 90 minutes, I win if I am in the stands’.
“This is something that you need time to develop this in a group. Nowadays you need time because society and the psychological profile of younger people is not an easy one.
“I want to be proud of my players, it does not matter the result. And during my career I was proud of my players many times after defeats.
“I was not proud last Thursday or at the Emirates. For me, more than thinking about what position we are going to finish, whether we are going to win the (Carabao Cup) final, is to try to develop this spirit that we need.
“But I cannot do it alone. I have to do it with my club. I have to do it with my players in the dressing room.
"But tonight I am really happy with what they did.”
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