Jose Mourinho has taken a not-so-subtle swipe at Tottenham over the timing of his dismissal by Daniel Levy.
Mourinho is preparing for the second leg of the Roma Europa Conference League semi-final against Leicester, with a draw at 1-1.
It is the occasion of a first crush with the Italian club, and the first for 14 years, after having joined it at the start of the season.
Winning a trophy was something he never achieved with Spurs during his 17 months at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
He led the team to the Carabao Cup final but was dismissed just six days before the game – a game they then lost to Man City.
“I always say there’s only one game I haven’t won, that’s the next one,” Mourinho said.
“I always want to win the next one. If the next one is a semi-final, even more, because a semi-final gives you the right to play in the final… if you’re not fired before the final.
“Of course it’s not just the next game, it’s a special game and of course we want to win the competition.”
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The man in the dugout opposite Mourinho is Brendan Rodgers, who worked under the Portuguese at Chelsea.
Rodgers then managed Liverpool, where he nearly won the Premier League, before winning trophies at Celtic and Leicester.
On Rodgers, Mourinho said: “Brendan doesn’t surprise me. With Liverpool people forget what he did with far, far fewer resources than Liverpool have now.
“He did amazing things and then Scottish history [with Celtic]people forget because people don’t focus much on the Scottish Premier League.
“He did amazing things and then Scottish history [with Celtic]people forget because people don’t focus much on the Scottish Premiership.
“To win the [FA] Cup with Leicester and even the Community Shield, the stability in the club, their way of playing, their recruitment, it’s a perfect match, Leicester and Brendan; very very good.”
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