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.
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.
“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.