Diego Maradona

Mourinho: Maradona used to say 'Jose, you're the best' after a defeat

The Tottenham boss was full of kind words for the Argentine legend, who sadly passed away this week aged 60

 
12:22pm on Friday 27th November 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Jose Mourinho has revealed details of his close bond with the late, great Diego Maradona, saying the Argentine legend used to phone him with encouraging words after a defeat.

Maradona passed away this week aged 60.

Following his death, tributes flooded in for the man who many believe to be the greatest footballer in history.

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Mourinho says the Diego he knew was different to that which was portrayed on camera, and praised his friend for his big heart.

"There is Maradona and there is Diego. Maradona I don’t need to speak about because the world knows and nobody will forget," Mourinho told BT Sport.

"Diego is different, the people that are the big friends of him, the people that share dressing rooms with him, colleagues, these guys are privileged.

"I can say he was a good friend of mine, but my contacts with him were by telephone and we met of course a few times.

"He had a big, big, big, big heart. That’s the guy I miss, because his football we can find every time we miss him, if we Google we will find it. But Diego, no.

"I spent the day today telling stories to my guys about him and the time we spent together and that’s the guy I miss. I especially miss the phone call that was always arriving after defeats and never after victories.

The Spurs boss says that Maradona would always give him a call with kind words when he needed it most - after a defeat.

"He knew that after victories I don’t need phone calls, he knew that in difficult moments he was always there and he was always saying after defeats: ‘Mo, don’t forget you are the best’," he continued.

"He always had this approach.

"I miss Diego."

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