Jose Mourinho makes "d***head" admission over incident with Inter Milan

Jose Mourinho has opened up on an incident when he was "very violent" towards his players during his time as Inter Milan manager.

The Portuguese enjoyed a glittering two-year stint with the Italian giants, winning Serie A twice, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League.

But despite his great success with Inter, current Tottenham Hotspur boss Mourinho admits there were some low moments during his time in Milan.

Reflecting on some of the mistakes he made, the former Real Madrid and Manchester United boss recalled a hot-heated outburst after a 3-1 loss in January 2009.

“There are relationships: I coach, you play. Empathy depends on the ability to accept me as I am – it’s like a puzzle,” Mourinho told La Gazzetta dello Sport .

"At Inter, there were people waiting for someone like me to complete that puzzle. I’m never fake, I’m original: it’s me and that’s it. I was also a d*ckhead, but that was me.

“Especially after the defeat against Bergamo (Atalanta). I was very violent with the players – I told them they had won the Scudetto of s***.

"It was only afterwards that I understood I had hurt them and I apologised.”

Despite his outburst, Mourinho insists he was invested in the happiness of everyone involved at Inter – and that he shares a bond with the club to this day.

He added: "I was at my best when I felt at home, where I could feel the emotions of the group, where I was 200 per cent invested with my heart.

"That’s why, on May 22 in Madrid (the 2010 Champions League final), I was content to experience the happiness of others, all the way from [president Massimo] Moratti to the people working in the warehouse.

“I had already won a Champions League title – I used to always think of myself first and then others. At Inter, it was never like that.

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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho reveals Project Restart stance after Premier League meeting

Jose Mourinho insists he is desperate to resume football despite suggestions he was leading the revolt against starting next month. It was claimed Tottenham boss Mourinho was among the managers who wanted more time for training before the season gets back underway with hopes of starting again on June 12 under threat.

But Mourinho insists he doesn’t want a delay and is raring to go.

Mourinho said: “I don’t think my position in the meeting has been reflected fairly at all in media reports. I have not asked for any delay.

“I want to train, and I am desperate for the Premier League to return as soon as it is safe to do so, particularly now we are seeing other leagues preparing to return to action.”

Mourinho also says he is proud of his club’s reaction to the pandemic.

He said: “I am extremely proud of the way my players have maintained their fitness – they have shown great professionalism, passion and dedication.

“We have all been working extremely hard through remote squad training sessions and isolated running now the pitches are available to use again at the training centre.

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“Every player has been extremely committed in terms of their individual work and now we wait for clearance to commence working in small groups again, which I will fully support.”

The Premier League has been suspended since March 13 but the clubs are in talks over when and how to restart after the government began to ease lockdown measures.

There have been meetings each day this week and they will continue until next Monday to discuss the options and issues with playing and training in the current climate.

Project Restart however does have some issues with problems over playing at neutral venues being raised by clubs. Players are also concerned about their safety and some don’t want to return until it is safe to do so.

Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose have been vocal this week and Brighton striker Glenn Murray thinks the Premier League should until things are safer.

“Football is certainly not a necessity,” he said on Sky Sports.

“It’s a game and it’s a sport. I can’t understand why after just loosening the lockdown we’re in such a rush to get it back.

“Can’t we wait a month and see what happens? Why can’t we wait to see what happens, rather than start an unnecessary sport when people are dying?”

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Mourinho’s message to Klopp after Barcelona comeback still rings true

On this very day last year Liverpool pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the sport.

After losing 3-0 to Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final, Liverpool were faced with the impossible at Anfield.

The Reds were meant to crash out of the competition at the expense of Lionel Messi and co. but Liverpool, spurred on by the crowd, had other ideas.

Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum got the goals, and somehow Liverpool progressed to the final of the tournament.

After the match Jose Mourinho reflected on how the Reds were able to pull off such an achievement, and concluded one man was to thank: Klopp.

"I didn't expect it, I said impossible is nothing," said Mourinho on beIN Sports.

"I said if it's possible, Anfield is one of the places to make the impossible be possible, But I have to say that for me, this has one name – Jurgen.

"I think this is not about tactics, this is not about philosophy, this is about heart and soul, and a fantastic empathy he created with this group of players.

"They had the risk of finishing a fantastic season without anything to celebrate, and now they are one step from being European champions.

"I think Jurgen deserves, you know, the work they are doing in Liverpool is fantastic. But I think this is about him, this is a reflection of his personality, don't give up, a fighting spirit, every playing giving everything.


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John Terry admits Chelsea stars cried after Jose Mourinho sacking

Chelsea legend John Terry admits he and several other Blues stars were in tears when they learned of Jose Mourinho's sacking back in 2007.

The Special One was shown the door just a matter of weeks into his fourth season in west London.

Mourinho had just experienced what it was like to be beaten to the league title and they were inconsistent in their efforts to regain it.

A 1-1 draw in the Champions League at home to Rosenborg was the final straw and Mourinho was ousted despite winning five trophies in three years.

Terry was one of the major beneficiaries of Mourinho's man management, as was compatriot Frank Lampard and frontman Didier Drogba.

And the then Chelsea skipper has revealed that emotions ran high which led them to plead with the board to reconsider their decision.

He told Sky Sports : "We were all in tears. It was one of those moments where there were whispers going around, we weren’t performing as well, we weren’t doing as well in the league, and then he came in and said: ‘That’s it, I’ve been sacked.’ He went around and gave everyone a hug and a cuddle.

"Full-grown men crying their eyes out. We were thinking: ‘Where do we go from here?’ We had someone like a father figure, guiding us.

"We actually spoke to the board and said: ‘Listen, we want him to stay, can we not bring him back? It’s a rash decision, he’s the best we’ve worked with.’ Unfortunately they’d made their decision. But yes, there were full-grown men in absolute tears.

"He was so demanding on the group, and he pushed us to our limits at times. It’s not until you finish playing that you realise why he did what he did.

"You’d be sitting there at 8pm at night, and you’d get a message from him: ‘How’s Toni and the kids? Tell Georgie and Summer I love them! How is school going?’ I thought, my god, I’ve never had that from a manager.

"I’d get in and sit next to Lamps and say: ‘Lamps I got a message from the manager last night,’ thinking I’m the special one. Lamps would say: ‘Yeah, so did I’, and Didier would say the same!

"Every now and again I’ll get a message or a picture or a video from him, just saying hello to the kids. My kids absolutely idolise him. And that’s because of the connect he has, that people probably don’t see from the outside world."

Mourinho would return to take charge in 2013 and won the league title two years later before his second stint ended in greatly differing circumstances with the Blues languishing in 16th place.

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Marcus Rashford reveals the ‘ups and downs’ with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United

Marcus Rashford admits there were “ups and downs” with former manager Jose Mourinho, but the Manchester United forward feels stronger for the experience.

Having flourished under Louis Van Gaal, the 22-year-old remained a key component under the Portuguese during his topsy-turvy two-and-a-half-year stint in the Old Trafford dugout.

The Europa League was among three trophies won by Mourinho in his first season, with United finishing as Premier League and FA Cup runners-up in his second campaign before things unravelled during his third.

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It was a challenging period but one that the England international has benefited from.

“It was tough but I think in five or six years’ time, you look back on it and they’re the moments that will give you that mental toughness,” Rashford said.

“Because as an all-round player, I think I’ve improved a lot and a lot of it is down to them two years under Jose.

“Yeah, we had ups and downs, but when I look back on it, it was a tough period but definitely a period that made me a better player.”

Rashford has been out since mid-January with a back injury, which meant featuring for United again this season and representing England at Euro 2020 was up in the air.

But the coronavirus suspension will give him time to recover – and means he will not have to go into the European Championship short of full fitness.

“Yeah, for me I was probably going to go back with the team in the middle or end of April, but that would have been a push because obviously I didn’t want to miss the summer,” Rashford told the Utd Podcast.

“I doubt I would have been 100 per cent fit going into that tournament or even finishing off the season, but that’s what we were aiming for and obviously since then a lot has happened with this virus.

“So, for my body, really, it’s been good to just let it (rest). I can give it its full duration to rest.”


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Former United and England team-mate Wayne Rooney recently said he should not have gone to the 2006 World Cup due to a foot injury, suggesting Rashford should not push it if he was in a similar position.

“I definitely pay attention but at the same time when it comes down to it, making the decision whether you feel like you can go or you can’t go, it’s tough to basically say no to something where you could give it a good go,” the United forward said. “But I understand what he’s saying.

“It’s one of them things as players you want to try and play every game you can, really, and of course you are going to have niggles and little injuries, but you know timing’s key in everything.

“If it’s not the right time to do it, then you have to try and pull yourself out of it.”

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John Terry opens up on Jose Mourinho threatening him in front of Chelsea squad

John Terry has lifted the lid on Jose Mourinho’s famous mind games by retelling one occasion when the former Chelsea boss threatened to sell him and centre-back partner Gary Cahill during a poor training session.

The Portuguese manager – now in charge at Tottenham Hotspur – returned to Stamford Bridge in 2013 after leading the Blues to back-to-back Premier League titles during his first spell between 2004 and 2007.

However, Mourinho was not impressed by a sloppy display by the defensive duo during the first day of training in pre-season after winning the Premier League in 2015 – and made an example of them to raise the bar.

During an Instagram Live with snooker great Stephen Hendry, Terry was asked if Mourinho liked to be close to his players or if he regularly gave them earfuls. He responded: “He knew when to push your buttons and when not to.

“Even small things, you’d be sitting at home and get a text message off him going, ‘Unbelievable today in training you’re my main man, love you, captain.’ You’d sit there and go, ‘That’s unbelievable’.

“So a really good relationship, but also I was petrified of him, like probably most players was. You’d go in the next day and you’d get nothing from him at all.

“He’d walk past you, say nothing and blank you. You’d think you’ve upset him. Did I text something back? You look at your messages and think, ‘No, I’m alright there.’

"After training, he’d go, ‘That’s why you’re my captain, you just needed that little push.’ We won the league and came back pre-season, first day, me and Gary Cahill kept giving the ball away. He stopped the session, we’d just signed Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa, a couple of others.

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Tottenham: Jose Mourinho to take live video training amid coronavirus lockdown

Jose Mourinho will use live video training sessions for his Tottenham players during the coronavirus pandemic.

The covid-19 pandemic has forced the squad to self-isolate with the United Kingdom in lockdown and suspended until at least 30 April.

Until now players have been using individual programs in isolation with the club giving the squad flexibility over when workouts are to be completed.

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Harry Winks provided an insight into the “strange” circumstances surrounding the challenge now facing Spurs.

“It’s a bit strange for all of us, but I’ve got my head around it,” Winks told the club’s website.

“We’ve all been given a schedule, but it’s flexible, we can do it in our own time.

“So, for instance, I might have a lie in one day, but then I’ll work later. The important thing is to get it done.”

Steven Bergwijn and Son Heung-min have been granted permission to return to their home countries.

With Son flying back to South Korea for personal reasons and Bergwijn returned to the Netherlands for the birth of his child.

Both players will continue with individual programs alone.

Bergwijn is recovering from an ankle injury picked up against Burnley earlier this month, while Son sustained a broken arm last month.

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