ottenham boss Jose Mourinho says he ignores criticism of his methods as he remains “one of the most important managers” in the game.
Mourinho has enjoyed a trophy-laded career and was appointed by Spurs to end their long silverware drought, which stretches back to 2008.
Howevever, Mourinho finds himself under pressure with Spurs slipping to sixth in the Premier League after leading the table in November.
The north London club were also knocked out of the Europa League this month after losing 3-2 on aggregate to Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb in the round of 16.
“I don’t think anybody is going to discuss rocket science with the guys from NASA, with everybody around the world,” Mourinho said in a virtual event organised by the club’s sponsor.
“They think they can discuss football with one of the most important managers in the game. That’s the beauty of football.
“I got used to it. I appreciate that. So that’s fine for me.”
The 58-year-old said his supporters, whom he labelled ‘Mourinistas’, motivate him to bounce back from a difficult spell.
“I used to call them the Mourinistas, because in Portugal we use ‘ista’ in the end of the name of the club that we love, to express the support,” he said.
“I have so many Mourinistas around the world that I play for them.”
Additional reporting by Reuters.