Spurs boss Mourinho ready to break the rules ahead of Everton clash

Tottenham Hotspur's Portuguese head coach Jose Mourinho reacts after seeing a goal from Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane disallowed during the English Premier League football match between Sheffield United and Tottenham Hotspur at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, northern England on July 2, 2020.

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says he will have no problems ditching the elbow-bump in order to hug Carlo Ancelotti on Monday night.

Spurs host Everton in a vital fixture in the race for European qualification. A game which sees two of the elite managers of the last 20 years face off for the first time in the Premier League.

Mourinho says he “loves” the Italian, who like Mourinho has managed at Chelsea and Real Madrid in an illustrious career. And he believes Everton are lucky to have him.

“I think everyone in football admires Carlo as a coach and as a person,” he said. “If you don’t know him as a person, at least you know him as a coach.

“It’s not because I like him so much as a person that I’m going to say the obvious, which is: he’s one of the top managers in the world of the last two decades and of course now.

“It’s a privilege for the Premier League to have Carlo back. It’s a privilege for Everton to have Carlo as manager, or head coach, whatever way you want to call him.

“As a manager we all know him, and we don’t need to speak of him, because his office in his house. I don’t know if it’s the house in Milan or London or Liverpool but some office in one of his houses is full of cups. So he doesn’t need anyone to speak about Carlo.

“As a person I had the privilege to know him for a few years. To stay and be with him a few times in UEFA meetings in some different occasions. I just love Carlo.

“I think he’s a fantastic guy. I think I’m going to break the rules. Now is one-metre distance. I’m going to break the rules and I’m going to hug him because I like Carlo very much.”


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