Jose Mourinho: 'I'll make new mistakes - but not the same'

Jose Mourinho will ‘not going to make the same mistakes’ as manager of Tottenham Hotspur.

The former Manchester United and Chelsea boss was speaking at his first official press conference since signing a contract with Spurs, said “I realised I made mistakes. I'll make new mistakes - but not the same."

The 56-year-old replaced Mauricio Pochettino – who he praised when answering the conference’s first question – on Wednesday morning after the Argentine was sacked after five years with the team.

Mourinho said that the former manager was ‘always welcome back at the club’.

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Speaking about his desire to win trophies in north London, the three-time Premier League winner said: "When I don't win I cannot be happy and I cannot change that. That is my DNA.

"I hope I can influence my players, because if you are happy losing football matches it is very hard to be a winner.

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"Sometimes you have to work with people you don't love and work well. I have principles that I cannot change and one of those is that I don't think I can change."

"The best gift for me, I don't need players," he added. "I am happy with the ones I have.

"I just need more time with them. I know them well from playing against them, but you never know them well enough."

ENFIELD, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Jose Mourinho, Head Coach of Tottenham Hotspur during the Tottenham Hotspur training session at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on November 20, 2019 in Enfield, England. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)
Jose Mourinho takes training (Credit: Getty Images)

The 56-year-old takes charge of a Spurs side that are 14th in the Premier League with just three league wins all season.

However, he is confident the club's fortunes will soon turn around and they will be back challenging at the top of the table in the near future.

He said: "We cannot win the Premier League this season, but we can win it next season. Not will, but can."

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