Jose Mourinho reflects on a 'special' moment for him at Newcastle United

Jose Mourinho left St James’s Park, and glanced at the statue of Sir Bobby Robson, with a smile on his face for the first time last night.

Thursday, 16th July 2020, 7:30 am

Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur side beat Newcastle United 3-1 at the stadium thanks to two goals from Harry Kane and a strike from Son Heung-min.

It was Mourinho’s first Premier League win as a manager in the stadium in eight attempts.

And, for once, the 57-year-old didn’t have a “sad face” when he looked at the statue of the late Sir Bobby, his mentor at Barcelona, when he left St James’s Park.

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“It’s special for me, but it’s special for us, because we needed these three points,” said Mourinho. “If we didn’t win, I don’t think we go to Leicester with any dreams of a Europa League spot.

"But, for me, it is a good feeling. Not because it was the only stadium in the English Premier League where I never won before in the Premier League. I have no problem with that.

"But, of course, I’m very happy for the team, and finally I can leave the stadium and look to Mr Robson’s statue and laugh with him, because every time I came here, I leave the stadium and look at him with a sad face.

"This will be the first time I leave the stadium and I have a smile.”

The result left Newcastle 13th in the Premier League ahead of Monday night's game against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium.