Jose Mourinho is aiming to restructure the focus of former Tottenham Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino which paid more attention to the Premier League and Champions League games over the FA Cup. Mourinho said he is desperate to lift the world’s “biggest domestic cup” following his biggest inspiration by Ricky Villa many years ago.
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Pochettino never believed in FC Cup even though leading the club to several FA Cup semi-finals, he claimed that winning them wouldn’t value his players’ into serial champions like the Premier League and Champions League.
Tottenham Spurs haven’t lifted the FA Cup since 1991 and they are without silverware since Boro boss Jonathan Woodgate netted a winning goal against Chelsea in the 2008 League Cup final.
Spurs current coach Mourinho has 11 domestic trophies to his credit throughout his career and he has presented the other side of the coin to the Argentine in his first pre-FA Cup press conference on Friday.
“We are not speaking about just ‘something’ for me, the FA Cup is big, it is the biggest domestic cup. I played the Copa Del Rey, Barcelona against Real Madrid and the Italian Cup, Inter vs Roma, and they are not comparable with FA Cup Final, even when the two teams competing are not the biggest in the country. For me the FA Cup is a very, very special cup. And that’s for me, individually,” said Jose Mourinho.
Tottenham Spurs have carried the FA Cup eight times, including the one of 1981 when Villa’s brilliant solo goal led them to beat Man City in the Final game.
Jose Mourinho continued his press conference, “Me, as the Tottenham coach, I know what the competition means to the Tottenham supporters. The history they have, the memories they have, the victories they have. The unforgettable goals they scored. The Ricardo Villa goal I watched as a teenager. I don’t forget. I could only imagine what it means to the Tottenham fans.
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“I am not saying we are candidates, I am not saying we are going to win it, but I am saying we have to play this competition seriously. You can tell me, ‘Jose you are in trouble, you have lots of injuries and not many options, and you have a Premier League to try to finish in the top six or fourth’.
“But I am not going to give more attention to the Premier League than the cup.”
Jose Mourinho made it absolutely clear that FA Cup is as important as both Premier League and Champions League, and he vowed to balance the interest.