Jose dismisses Nagelsmann questions: ‘What’s that? New generation?’

Date published: Tuesday 18th February 2020 2:45

Jose Mourinho has spoken out on the progress of RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann, ahead of Tottenham’s Champions League clash against the German title-chasers on Wednesday.

Nagelsmann has many admirers following a successful stint at Hoffenheim, and now with Leipzig.

He has led his current side to within a point of Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga and represent a difficult proposition in the Champions League, particularly following news of the injury to Spurs forward Son Hueng-min.

And Mourinho was asked whether he had been following Nagelsmann’s rise and whether he represents a new generation of coaches.

Ahead of the Champions League last-16 tie, Mourinho said: “What’s that? New coach generation?

“The opponent is Liepzig. I don’t have an opponent’s coach. I don’t play against him. I play against his team Leipzig.

“Hoffenheim before. Did very well. Next step Leipzig. Doing very well. If he goes in the same direction the next step will be even bigger. I wish him obviously the best.

The 32-year-old was linked with the Tottenham job before Mauricio Pochettino was sacked, and Mourinho was asked whether that meant he had something to prove.

He added: “To prove? After 20 years of career and 25 titles, to prove?”

 

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