Jose Mourinho is not jealous of Manchester City or Liverpool after hinting that Tottenham is his toughest job since managing Porto as Spurs hosted Middlesbrough in Tuesday night’s FA Cup third-round replay.
Mourinho has been a dealt a harsh hand with long-term injuries to Harry Kane, who could be out until next season, Hugo Lloris, Ben Davies and Moussa Sissoko, while record signing Tanguy Ndombele has often had niggles.
And Mourinho says: “I was watching Man City and I looked to the bench - [Raheem] Sterling, Bernardo Silva, [Ilkay] Gundogan, [Nicolas] Otamendi. You know?
“Liverpool, you see the team, you see the bench. And they have injured [Joel] Matip, [Dejan] Lovren, [Naby] Keita, Fabinho.
“I’m not jealous, I have an amazing job, but they are different jobs. This is a different club.”
He adds: “It is the second time I get a team mid-season, it’s just the second time for me.
“The first time was also not easy because it was the end of a team, the end of an era.”