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Jose Mourinho has today been relieved of his duties as Tottenham Hotspur manager, as Chelsea’s London rivals decided to cut ties with the Portuguese.
Mourinho was appointed in November 2019 following the sack of Mauricio Pochettino, and was tasked with uplifting a Spurs side that struggled in Pochettino’s final season. In his first season, he lifted them from 16th to 6th, but results haven’t gone as expected this season.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has reacted to the sacking of the Portuguese and admitted that he is surprised at the decision, but can only wish Mourinho well.
“More or less I’m always a bit surprised when it happens [a managerial sacking],” Tuchel said when asked about Mourinho’s departure.
“We’re all competitors and we all try to beat each other but in the end we wish every manager has a good atmosphere and is in a good state and place to work.
“It never feels good as another manager when someone is sacked but it’s not my job to comment on that. It is what it is.
“Everybody fights hard for results and when a big decision comes like this, it was a surprise. I honestly didn’t see it coming.”