The Football League Paper - - BIG INTERVIEW -

MOUR­INHO is back and by Wed­nes­day night he was top. My el­dest boy said to me that ‘they were lucky!’ I laughed. This idea that se­rial win­ners get ‘lucky’ is lu­di­crous.

It is down to work­ing very very hard at all the right things. And about be­ing clever enough to de­vise the win­ning edge. Whether that be a tac­ti­cal method of play­ing, a set of se­ri­ous home ad­van­tages, a spe­cial qual­ity in an in­di­vid­ual player; what­ever, the Mour­in­hos of the world keep build­ing a new edge.

They in­vent the new way. They don’t fol­low oth­ers.

One of his clever­est at­tributes is his abil­ity to get un­der the skin of op­po­nents. He brings down op­po­si­tion per­for­mance as well as rais­ing his own team’s game.

Jose Mour­inho al­ways seems to be one step ahead. I think he is a lit­tle bit bet­ter than ‘lucky’!

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