Mourinho hits again at critics counting on stats

Jose Mourinho has taken intention at critics who’ve used statistics to denounce his fashion of play. He claimed highlighting sure possession-based numbers to attract conclusions is “like an unimaginable piece of meat or fish however badly cooked.”

The Tottenham boss has confronted questions over his conservative method all through his profession however notably at Spurs which contrasts along with his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino’s extra expansive techniques, but Mourinho has steered the group to second place within the Premier League.

Mourinho informed Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp “one of the best group misplaced” as Spurs have been crushed 2-1 the defending champions at Anfield on Wednesday evening, regardless of the Reds having fun with 76% possession with a conflict of types.

Nevertheless, Mourinho mentioned: “You like the phrase ‘possession’ and you like the stats. You [the media] generally. It’s a little bit just like the effectivity of gamers and generally you say ‘the stats say participant B had 92% of effectivity on his passing.’

“However the stats do not say that that participant solely made passes of two metres… they do not say that that participant was a centre-back that solely handed to the opposite centre-back or a quantity six who solely handed the ball to quantity eight, and the man who had 65% effectivity on his passes is the man that made the assists… the man that makes the tight passes, the man that makes 60 metres passes to alter the course of the play.

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“So the stats, many, many instances are like an unimaginable piece of meat or fish however badly cooked. It would not inform me a lot. What tells me is the variety of targets that you just rating and the variety of probabilities that you just create.

“So you’ll be able to have much less time with the ball however rating extra targets than the opponent, create extra probabilities, create higher probabilities however for some purpose, to not rating the targets in relation to this. That is for me the elemental factor. In relation to the best way we play, generally it’s our personal choice, generally it’s our recreation plan.

“Different instances it’s the opponent that creates that state of affairs. So for instance, towards Crystal Palace [in a 1-1 draw last Sunday], within the first 20-25 minutes of the second half, in no way that we tried to play that method. The truth is, we did precise the alternative, that was the gameplan that we tried in that interval.

“Generally the sport goes in a course the place the duty is the opponents. These are conditions the place I’m all the time supportive of my gamers when the opponent in some second is simply higher than you and forces you to play in a method like you do not wish to do it.”

Mourinho took one other swipe at Klopp after he was named the prime males’s coach on the Greatest FIFA awards after profitable final season’s Premier League title, beating Bayern Munich‘s Hansi Fliuck and Leeds’s Marcelo Bielsa.

“I feel the one likelihood for Flick to win is that Bayern discover two or three extra new competitions for him to win it,” Mourinho mentioned.

“So possibly if he wins seven titles in a single season, possibly he wins the award. I imagine he solely received Champions League, Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, European Tremendous Cup, German Tremendous Cup, he solely received 5 and the most important one in every of all. I feel ‘poor Flick’, the one likelihood is for Bayern to search out two or three extra trophies to see if he can win it.”

Mourinho insisted he was now not within the recreation searching for private validation, having mellowed after arriving at Chelsea from Porto in 2004 and declaring himself the “particular” one.

“I am not working within the search of any recognition,” he mentioned. “OK, 15 years in the past after I arrived and I used to be most likely a bit too conceited for what you have been used to, possibly sure, possibly I used to be. However I am not. I work for my membership, for my gamers. I attempt to give happiness to the individuals who love my membership, the membership the place I work. I’m very formidable.

“That did not change in any respect. I feel you’ll be able to nonetheless learn on my face that to lose damage me the identical, nothing modified. However that state of affairs of on the lookout for some recognition, that is not for me, that is not for me. I do not care.”

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