Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho insists he is still one of the best coaches in the world despite his side’s alarming Premier League slump.
A 2-1 loss at West Ham on Sunday afternoon was their fifth in six league matches and sees the pressure building on Mourinho, who is on one of the worst runs of his long and distinguished managerial career.
Tottenham’s demise has been stark as, from a position at the top of the table in mid-December, they have now won just three of last 13 games, meaning their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League through the league are all but over.
They were undone by goals in either half from Michail Antonio and Jesse Lingard, thanks partly to more defensive mistakes, with Lucas Moura’s second-half header getting them back in the game.
Mourinho is often accused of being outdated, but was bullish when asked whether he questioned his methods amid the poor run of form.
“No, not at all. Not at all. Zero,” he said.
Asked what gave him so much confidence in his ways, he added: “Because sometimes the results are the consequence of multiple situations in football and mine and my coaching staff’s methods are second to nobody in the world.”
The current run of form is far worse than the results which saw Mauricio Pochettino sacked in 2019.
Yet Mourinho says his club, who are nine points adrift of West Ham in fourth, are not in crisis and hinted that the Europa League will now be their priority as a ticket into next season’s Champions League.
“I don’t know what you mean by crisis,” he said. “If crisis is frustration and sadness in the dressing room, I’d say so because nobody is happy and we all showed that in this game.
“When a team fights the way the team did until the last second, trying to get a different result, it’s never a group crisis, because groups are in crisis when you’re not together in the search for better results than you have.
“So I wouldn’t say crisis. I would say a bad, a really bad run of results. That is obvious. We’re losing too many matches.
“But in the Europa League we are alive. Europa League is a window of opportunity that is open for us, and maybe we can also get to Champions League through the Europa League.”