Jose Mourinho has been speaking about how he makes decisions in his career, his use of data and the pressure that fans and the media can bring.
The 58-year-old Portuguese was relieved of his duties at Tottenham Hotspur last month and already has his next job lined up after Roman announced that he would become their head coach this summer.
Mourinho has also become a brand ambassador for XTB.com, a foreign exchange and contract for differences brokerage, and as part of that deal he sat down to speak with them about aspect of his management.
The former Spurs boss was asked how he deals with unexpected high pressure situations.
“It comes down to preparation. It’s important to always be prepared for all eventualities, because, in this way, you can adapt to pressure moments by relying on your preparation and your repetition,” Mourinho said.
“For me, every game has a pressure because they all mean different things. There is pressure with a derby, a semi-final to make the final, a final to win the trophy, and three points to progress up the table and not lose your position.
“The best way to keep the pressure away is to prepare with consistency, and also in normal conditions so the players don’t feel anything different.”
On his own emotions, he added: “Once the whistle goes, I am only focused on the match and the moment. I don’t think about me or my emotions.
“I think about what is in front of me and what we need to do to adapt to what is happening.”
Mourinho always brings with him plenty of pressure from the fans and the media, but the new Roma head coach said he cannot let that come into his thinking.
“We don’t let outside influences affect what we do inside. Pressure is always there in football, so we focus on the basics and our preparation and we keep the environment fun but committed and professional,” he said.
“When making big decisions, I make sure I have all the information I need to hand. This is the top ‘tactic’ because it is impossible to make any decisions without knowing all the details and taking time to understand them.”
The Portuguese was asked what he does in situations where his instincts tell him different things to what the data suggests.
“They [instinct and data] both have an important role. I think if all decisions are based solely on data, then many factors will be missed; data doesn’t give the full picture,” he said.
“When you sign a player, it isn’t just their data but their mentality, their support system, their work ethic, that are so important. You see that when players make a step to a big club, they need to have the mentality to take on the pressure and the expectation, and deliver.”
Mourinho believes that dealing with situations that don’t go as planned can be helped by planning for every possible scenario.
“I think it is all about preparation,” he said. “When you prepare for all eventualities, it allows you to adapt quicker and also eliminates the surprise element.
“When I was at Porto, I told the team I expected to draw United, the hardest team in the draw – we then drew United, but we were prepared so it was as we expected, and we weren’t worried about the challenge ahead.
“I think the biggest surprise can be when something goes perfectly to plan, just as you predicted, because, in football, you almost always expect something to happen that you don’t prepare for.
“When we won the Champions League final with Inter Milan, it was a perfect game in that sense. What we prepared for, we executed, and I felt we were always in control.”
As Mourinho steps into his next job back in Serie A where he enjoyed so much success with Inter Milan, he was asked how important it is to surround himself with the right people.
“It is incredibly important and I rely on my team a lot,” he said. “The squads these days are so big, and there are so many tasks for a manager that you need to know you can maintain quality levels even when you aren’t there.
“You also need to be challenged and supported when it comes to key decisions for the team.”
Source by Football London