At this stage of his career, Jose Mourinho can no longer count the clubs he has been at on the fingers of one hand.
Even so, he stresses that he loves every team he has been at, with one exception. Speaking during a press conference ahead of Roma‘s next match, the coach was very honest about his former employers.
“I hope the Tottenham fans don’t get me wrong, but the only club in my career where I don’t have still a deep feeling for is Tottenham,” Mourinho said. “Probably because the stadium was empty, Covid time. Probably because Mr Levy didn’t let me win a final and win a trophy.”
The boss was in charge of Spurs between December 2019 and April 2021. He went on to explain he has felt affection and a connection at all of his jobs except for in North London.
“It’s the only one – all the [other] clubs I feel a connection. Maybe people [will say] you cannot love every club. Yes, I love every club!” Mourinho added. “With Roma, we will be connected forever, like all my previous clubs – except Mr Levy‘s club.”
It is clearly still a major bone of contention for Mourinho that Daniel Levy decided to sack him just a few days before the Carabao Cup final which Spurs were in. They instead had Ryan Mason in charge as caretaker boss and were beaten by Manchester City.