Jose Mourinho aims sly dig at Tottenham with “25-and-a-half” trophies comment

Jose Mourinho has claimed he won ‘half a trophy’ at Tottenham after he was denied the chance to manage them in the Carabao Cup final.

The Portuguese was dismissed by Spurs just days before the Wembley showpiece, with Ryan Mason leading the side out in their 1-0 defeat to Manchester City.

That cup campaign was one of the few highlights of a miserable 18-month spell for Mourinho in north London.

His reign at Spurs signalled the first of his illustrious career that didn’t contain a trophy win after successes at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United.

But in an interview with James Corden, published in the Sun, Mourinho suggested he is adding an extra half to his already well-stocked trophy cabinet.

Jose Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham in April

The comment came after Mourinho described the season in which he guided Manchester United to second place in the Premier League table was a bad one.

“Why is finishing second a bad season?” Corden asked.

“I like Manchester United, the fans were amazing with me,” Mourinho replied. “And I think it is good for them that another season without trophies is seen as positive.

“But with me the level of expectation coming from the media is completely different.”

Corden then said: “But some of that pressure you bring on yourself. In press conferences you’ll say things like, ‘Three, three!’”

“I don’t arrive and say three or five [trophies],” Mourinho continued. “James, if you want to be proactive you can ask me how many trophies I have won in my career — 25 and a half.”

Mourinho is adding another 'half of a trophy' after being denied the chance to lead Spurs out in the Carabao Cup final
Mourinho is adding another ‘half of a trophy’ after being denied the chance to lead Spurs out in the Carabao Cup final

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Asked about the half, he revealed: “The half is the final I didn’t play with Tottenham.”

The 58-year-old explained he would have loved to manage the final so in his words, he could “have a chance to win a trophy with a club that doesn’t have many, that was a dream”.

Spurs are still working on replacing Mourinho, with chairman Daniel Levy set to work alongside Fabio Paratici to find a new boss.

“I am not going to give any advice,” Mourinho offered as a message to his unnamed replacement. “I say goodbye, I wish you luck and I move on.”

Mourinho also outlined that he made it clear to Spurs bosses that the filming of the Amazon documentary would ‘disturb’ the work he was trying to do at the club.

The All or Nothing series followed the 19/20 campaign as Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino months into the season.

On that series, he said: “Yes I was informed about it. I gave them my opinion. It would disturb the work we were doing but it would be a good thing for the club.

“It was something that was done and it is not even for me to ask why or how.

“The positives were more important. And that it is.”

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