Nothing seems to rankle with Jose Mourinho quite like the notion that he is a defender’s coach, with a safety-first nature producing unadventurous football.
‘Depends on the team,’ replied the Tottenham manager when asked to consider whether their free-scoring start to the season might silence some of his critics.
‘They cannot say that about my Real Madrid team who scored 121 goals in the league,’ added Mourinho. ‘If they say that about the way to finish second with Manchester United or last season, trying to get a way to finish in the top six and be in the Europa League, they are right.’
Jose Mourinho is said to have a safety-first nature, producing unadventurous football
Spurs have scored 31 goals in the first 10 games of the season, with 19 of them coming in the last four outings.
‘At Real Madrid, I had amazing, amazing attacking players and we managed to build the team in a certain way,’ said Mourinho.
‘I have to be honest and say we have lots of good attacking players here, but we need to give stability to the team because the team need stability at the back to feel solid, confident, to be able to have a go. So we need to find that balance.’
Sometimes it feels as if he is wary of embracing an exception and proving the rule. But the truth is that Mourinho has always built his teams from a strong and organised defensive base to create freedom for the forwards. His reputation was cast when he arrived at Chelsea and won the Premier League title in his first season, losing only once and conceding just 15 goals in 38 games.
However, the 'special one' disagrees and says that can't be said for his Real Madrid team
Real Madrid scored 121 goals and won La Liga with 100 points in 2011-12 under Mourinho