Jose Mourinho has insisted he is still “one of the most important managers in the game” despite his recent struggles with Tottenham.
The Portuguese boss has faced heavy criticism in the last few weeks and suffered arguably one of the most embarrassing defeats of his career when Spurs were knocked out of the Europa League after losing 3-2 on aggregate to Dinamo Zagreb in the last-16.
Nevertheless, Spurs still have a Carabao Cup final to look forward to next month and are only three points off a Champions League qualification spot in the Premier League.
“I don’t think anybody is going to discuss rocket science with the guys from NASA,” Mourinho said. “But everyone around the world thinks they can discuss football with one of the most important managers in the game.
“That’s the beauty of football and I have got used to it. I appreciate it and that’s fine for me.”
Mourinho also said he still feels the love from his fans from around the globe, and uses them as inspiration for him to continue when times get difficult.
“Honestly I get my strength from myself but mainly from the people that I love and the people that I know love me,” he added. “Many of them I don’t know and have never met. I used to call them Mourinhistas.’
“‘I have so many Mourinhistas from around the world and I play for them.”
Mourinho has a rare weekend off for the international break, but he and his Spurs side return to action on April 4 when they face Newcastle.
And they then have three potentially season-defining fixtures against Manchester United and Everton in the Premier League before the Wembley showpiece final against Manchester City.