Jose Mourinho sends message to Mauricio Pochettino after replacing him at Tottenham

A young Spurs side was beaten by two deflected goals at Wembley

A young Spurs side was beaten by two deflected goals at Wembley

Jose Mourinho has vowed to reverse Tottenham's fortunes as the Portuguese gave his first interview since taking over from Mauricio Pochettino at the Premier League club.

He is renowned for his tactical prowess and has managed FC Porto, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United.

Ekstra Bladet get straight to the point and say Mourinho going to Tottenham is "terrible" for Eriksen, and they've done some research to explain why. I don't have a great experience of getting teams in mid-season, it is only the second time I have done it. He returns to management for the first time since being sacked by Manchester United in December.

"One of the reason I came was because of them [the players]", he said.

The yawning gap to leaders Liverpool stands at 20 points after 12 games, but Mourinho lavished praise on his new squad and claimed a first league title for Spurs since 1960-61 in 2020-21 is possible.

On Tottenham's current lowly standing, Mourinho added: "In the Premier League, we know where we are and we know we don't belong there". You never lose your DNA, you never lose your identity, but I have time to think about many things.

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Premier League giants Chelsea have maintained their record as the biggest conveyor of players for the England national team after Nigerian-born defender Fikayo Tomori made his debut for the Three Lions earlier this week.

Despite their recent poor run, Tottenham thrived under Pochettino's leadership.

"I can't thank this man enough", Alli tweeted alongside a picture of Pochettino with the England worldwide. "Good luck and hope to see you again my friend". I'm not going to make the same mistakes.

"I don't need players, I am so happy with the ones I have".

Tottenham have this evening provided updates on the fitness of both Tanguy Ndombele and Jan Vertonghen, ahead of the club's meeting with West Ham United.

Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso, and Ryan Sessegnon have started just eight of a possible 36 Premier League matches together. Spurs club chairman Daniel Levy said in the statement.

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