Mourinho calls out Pochettino: “He’s won what, which trophy?”

FILE PHOTO (EDITORS NOTE: GRADIENT ADDED - COMPOSITE OF TWO IMAGES - Image numbers (L) 670853046 and 632296086) In this composite image a comparision has been made between Jose Mourinho manager of Manchester United (L) and Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur. Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur meet in a Premier League match on October 28, 2017 at Old Trafford in Manchester. ****LEFT IMAGE*** MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 20: Jose Mourinho manager of Manchester United looks on after the UEFA Europa League quarter final second leg match between Manchester United and RSC Anderlecht at Old Trafford on April 20, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Manchester United reach the semi-finals 3-2 on aggregate. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) ***RIGHT IMAGE*** MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium on January 21, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho took a dig at Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino’s lack of trophies across his entire coaching career.

After hanging up his boots in 2006, Pochettino has gone on to enjoy successful spells in charge of La Liga side Espanyol along with Premier League duo Southampton and Spurs.

The Argentine has won a total of 230 times in his 496 matches throughout his managerial career.

Pochettino’s reputation has only grown this season after leading a cash-strapped Spurs to a fourth consecutive Premier League top-four finish and their first-ever Champions League final.

The former centre-back even recently confirmed that Real Madrid had made an approach for him to replace Zinedine Zidane as manager last year.

Despite his growing profile in the football world, however, Pochettino is yet to do the one thing that really counts at the end of the day – win silverware.

The closest he’s come to such a feat came in Spurs’ EFL Cup final defeat to Chelsea in 2015.

And, while Mourinho admires Pochettino, the former Manchester United coach couldn’t help but point out this worrying fact.

Furthermore, the Portuguese reckons Liverpool are favourites to win the Champions League due to Jurgen Klopp’s greater experience in finals.

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“They have the team, the players, the structures, and are good coaches,” Mourinho told L’Equipe.

“What did I have that was special the other season to win the final of the Europa League that I don’t have today?

“He’s won what, which trophy? I admire the work of Mauricio and Jurgen, both merit being successful with something huge, and there’s nothing bigger than winning this cup, but one of the two is going to lose.

“Jurgen will be in his third final; I can’t imagine the feeling it would be for him to have played three finals and not to win.”

Meanwhile, Mourinho is expected to make his managerial comeback in the summer after leaving United in December.

The 56-year-old has been linked to a number of high-profile roles, with French clubs Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon being most recent ones.

“It’s impossible [to coach PSG]. You can’t coach a club that’s got a coach! Speak to me about a club where the door is open,” said Mourinho.

“I don’t have an answer [about Lyon]. I don’t respond to that type of question. I have a lot of respect for all clubs – those that think of me and those that don’t think of me.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Jose Mourinho is seen in the stands prior to the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Everton FC at Craven Cottage on April 13, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 13: Jose Mourinho is seen in the stands prior to the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Everton FC at Craven Cottage on April 13, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

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