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By Mike Parrott
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has tried to defend Harry Kane's lack of goal-scoring under him. However, Mourinho tried to compare him to his former strikers in which Mourinho made up some of the numbers.
Jose Mourinho is known for his 'rants' in press-conferences over the years. Infamous press-conferences include:
How the referees have an agenda against his Chelsea side back in 2014, the 'football heritage' conference where he slated Manchester United's recent history after guiding them to an embarrassing loss to Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League round of 16, or how he deserves respect after winning the Premier League a certain amount of times that he won't let you forget.
'Respect!' Jose Mourinho's had it with his press conference :wave: pic.twitter.com/JytoDhBVXE
- B/R Football (@brfootball) August 27, 2018
However, his most recent rant for Tottenham wasn't as explosive as the others, rather how outrageously he exaggerated statistics.
The once-known "Special One" has been under-fire by Sky Sports pundit, Paul Merson for him supposedly hindering Kane. Kane has scored 7 goals in 11 games under Mourinho, but his recent performance against Manchester United showed that Kane might go the way that some of Mourinho's old strikers suffered.
Mourinho responded to Merson saying he knows how to play strikers. More specifically, he brought up the stats for his old strikers such as Didier Drogba, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Diego Milito, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
However, some of the numbers were very, very wrong.
Jose Mourinho rubbishes Paul Merson's comments about Harry Kane's future by comparing him to the best strikers he's ever coached...
...and he's coached some of the best strikers ever pic.twitter.com/QaDkSLFAJ8
- SPORTbible (@sportbible) June 22, 2020
The current Tottenham manager said that in the four seasons he spent with Drogba, the striker scored 186 times. If we actually look at Drogba's number in all competitions in professional games, Drogba only scored 164 times for Chelsea throughout his career. And hilariously, only 73 of those goals were under Mourinho.
Which means that Mourinho, added 113 goals to Drogba's tenure under him. Maybe he was including training goals too.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic on joining Man Utd. Elite mentality. :fire:
This is the desire that we love to see in players. Wish he could have played longer at United :raised_hands:
[by @BBCSport] pic.twitter.com/C96JeuuPz2
- Man Utd Channel (@ManUtdChannel) December 10, 2018
Mourinho was actually right about Ronaldo, Benzema and Milito's numbers, but was incredibly wrong about Zlatan. Or well, in the case of Zlatan, saying he only spent "one-and-a-half seasons with him" when he played 100 games and was together for three seasons.
For someone, who said in 2018, "That's the way people that don't understand football analyse football, is with stats", maybe this why he actually said that because he can't get them right himself.
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