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Thomas Tuchel will be coming up against Jose Mourinho for the first time in his career, and the German gaffer is really looking forward to coming up against the experienced Portuguese.
According to Tuchel, he doesn’t see Jose Mourinho as a role model because of the gap between them.
Tuchel was still working in the academy when Mourinho was enjoying success as a club boss, and he has so much respect for the former Chelsea manager.
“I’m not so sure, first of all I strongly believe that it’s Tottenham against Chelsea and not me against Jose,” he said.
“I’m very happy to compete with a strong team against his side; I’m very happy to arrive with a squad with our quality, with our mentality and with the atmosphere that we are in right now. This is the most important.
“Was he a role model? Honestly, when I started my career, he was so far away like the moon from the earth, so he could not be a role model at all.
“I was happy at the academy [at the time of Mourinho’s early career], then I was promoted to first league football and from there I just enjoyed and focused on every day.
“He’s one of the best managers in the world; he has now created a squad at Tottenham that’s very strong, and very competitive, and that would be the challenge.”