Ironically, calls before a match for officials to display a particular sort of behaviour is something the authorities are generally particularly quick to stamp down on.
Generally, though, even in high-pressure confrontations like the one anticipated at White Hart Lane tonight, Mourinho feels he has slowly “evolved” to keep himself out of trouble.
“I felt an evolution on the emotional control,” he promised. “The calmer I am, the better I can read the game.
“And I’m even happy that my assistants can look to the touchline sometimes for communication and I see that I am still stay in a privileged position.
“I felt that I had to change my behaviour, which I’m really really happy with. That’s my personal case. I cannot speak for other guys.”
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Tottenham go into the game buoyed by five wins in their last six games, while Liverpool have won only once in 2021.
Mourinho feels that however much they try to bluster it out, Klopp’s side are missing Virgil Van Dijk as much as Tottenham miss Harry Kane.
“They lost a fundamental player,” he said. “We can say what we want, we can try to hide things, but some players are special and they are impossible to replace.”