LONDON (AP) – Jose Mourinho is portraying himself as a humble coach at the start of his Tottenham reign, and emotionally stronger.
Eleven months after his firing from a fractured Manchester United, the Portuguese was handed a route back into English Premier League management this week following Mauricio Pochettinoâ€™s firing.
Mourinho says he is â€œstronger … from the emotional point of view.â€
At his first news conference at Tottenham, Mourinho says he is â€œhumble enough to try to analyze what I did in my career. The evolution, the problems, the solutions.â€
Mourinho first arrived in England at Chelsea in 2003 calling himself a â€œSpecial One.â€
Asked if he is no longer as brash, Mourinho says: â€œI was always humble but you didnâ€™t understand that.â€
Mourinhoâ€™s first game is a London derby at West Ham on Saturday, with Tottenham 11 points from the four Champions League places.
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