Mourinho: Discussions with Pochettino can wait

Mourinho said he had not yet contacted his friend Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked by Spurs last week.

After Mourinho’s unveiling to the media on Thursday, he had his first game 48 hours later at West Ham, which Spurs won 3-2, and is now preparing for a Champions League clash with Olympiakos on Tuesday.

“I needed that little bit of space to process things when I left previous clubs,” said the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss. “It does not take just five or six days to be open again.

“You take a little bit of time to process things and understand and to think and rethink. You speak with people and in a couple of weeks he will be fine and I will call him.”

Part of Mourinho’s remit at Spurs is to do one thing that Pochettino could not do – win silverware.

“I love the competition (Champions League) as much as everyone in football,” said Mourinho, who won the trophy with Porto and Inter Milan.

“It’s something that everybody dreams about, to win it. Not everyone has the privilege to be a Champions League winner, which I was happy enough to do twice.

“Do I want to win it a third time? Of course, I would love it but I know the difficulties of it.

“But with these boys, I will never be afraid of any Champions League match that comes into our faces. I repeat, we need to qualify, that is the focus. I always say that.”

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