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Mauricio Pochettino guided Tottenham to the Champions League final last season in dramatic circumstances, but the Argentine was sacked just last month after a poor run of form in the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho has since been appointed as the manager of Tottenham and has helped revive the club in such a short time.
The Portuguese insists no one will want to draw Tottenham in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Mourinho said upon Tottenham’s qualification to the Champions League second round: “I think from the teams that finished second, I think the teams that finished first will wish they don’t play against us. We are one of the strongest teams from the second group.
“I know we are a country that goes through a crazy period which many, many times leaves marks on players and teams and conditions, but by the end of February I will understand my players better, they will understand me better.
“We have two more months of work together. I think so, we will be much more ready. But today was not a question of being or not being ready.
“Today was a very difficult situation. It was play and prepare a game where you put more emphasis on the players who rest than the players who play and the result that you are fighting for.
“That is very difficult. I try to hide that feeling from the players but the players are intelligent guys and they understand clearly my focus was not on today. My focus was on what next.”