‘He didn’t have a good relationship with the dressing room’: Serge Aurier BLASTS Jose Mourinho’s assistant Joao Sacramento and blames him for Tottenham’s downfall… but reveals he ‘identifies a lot’ with Mourinho and has nothing against him
- Serge Aurier has hit out at former Tottenham assistant boss Joao Sacramento
- The full-back says that Sacramento was the root of Spurs’ problems last season
- The Portuguese coach was number two during Jose Mourinho’s time as manager
- Aurier praised ‘born winner’ Mourinho and says that he got on well with him
Serge Aurier has brutally pointed the finger at Jose Mourinho’s assistant Joao Sacramento for Tottenham’s downfall last season.
Mourinho was sacked by Spurs in April 2021 after a run of just one win in five Premier League games, with the club having also suffered painful exits from the FA Cup and Europa League.
There was a reported divide between the decorated boss and Tottenham’s players, but Aurier suggests that there was more of an issue with number two Sacramento.
Serge Aurier has hit out against former Tottenham assistant manager Joao Sacramento
Sacramento was reportedly unpopular with the Spurs squad and failed to connect with players
The full-back, who departed Spurs last summer and now plays for Villarreal, opened up on Mourinho’s tenure during an interview with The Telegraph.
‘Football is different compared to 10 years ago,’ he said. ‘He [Mourinho] is still a great coach, but there are things that have evolved. Sometimes players need more love and attention.
‘I’m not speaking for Jose, I’m speaking for his assistant. Joao is a tough guy and he didn’t have a good relationship with the dressing room, that’s why everything deteriorated. There was a lack of good communication.’
Sacramento was just 30 years old when he was named as Mourinho’s assistant in November 2019 and it was only his second coaching position in senior football after being number two to five different managers at Lille.
Jose Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham less than a week before last year’s League Cup final
Aurier quit Spurs last summer and now plays for Champions League semi-finalists Villarreal
The Athletic have previously reported that he was unpopular with the squad during his time in North London and failed to connect with players.
‘It was one of his [Sacramento’s] first experiences in a first team and he lacked calm with the players,’ Aurier said. ‘He needed to be more concerned about the person behind the player. Sometimes when you don’t play, a lot of s*** goes through your head, and you need someone to calm you down and help you, to give you good vibes, not to send you negative messages. And I think it all started there.’
Aurier revealed that he has fonder memories of working with Mourinho, who is now in charge of Roma.
‘One day we argued, but it was over a tactical issue,’ he said. ‘I wasn’t happy with his decisions and I went to talk to his office. I know I could talk to him without any problems because he likes the player to be honest. The day after, the problem was solved.
The Ivory Coast international says that he has nothing against ‘born winner’ Mourinho
‘I love it because Mourinho listens to you, and then he tells you what he thinks. Sometimes you hate him and you want to kill him, but then you love him because his character is that of a born winner and I identify with him a lot. I have nothing against him.’
Mourinho’s sacking came less than a week before Tottenham were due to play Manchester City in the League Cup final, a game which they lost under interim boss Ryan Mason.
‘Imagine if we had won that final with him [Mourinho].’ Aurier said. ‘Maybe they would have gone crazy for him to stay and they would have offered him a contract renewal just for short-term thinking after winning a title. And if the club really wanted to sack him, it would have been impossible to do that after winning the Carabao Cup.’
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