JOSE MOURINHO is happy just being a ‘specialist in fried eggs’ right now.
Tottenham’s boss has a new-found perspective after helping feed the most needy during the coronavirus crisis.
Mourinho was stunned as he stood in the tunnel at the club’s £1billion home after doing his rounds picking fruit and veg and dropping it to the stadium’s distribution point.
Dressing rooms were being used for counselling sessions while pregnant women had check-ups in the referee’s room and TV interview areas.
Mourinho, 57, said: “I can’t believe it. It’s strange, emotional.
“You walk into the tunnel and dressing room and try to visualise what a normal day is. Then you see an incredible hospital facility.
“I feel so proud of the club. Any supporter that knows ten per cent of what the club is doing, it would be enough for anyone to be proud and non-Tottenham supporters to be grateful.”
Mourinho’s new daily routine consists of training his players via video and helping with food deliveries for Haringey Council.
Earlier in his career, total isolation would have been no problem for a man once capable of starting a fight in an empty room.
I’m the fried egg specialist. We try to make cooking simple.
But he is calmer while locked down with goalkeeping coach Nuno Santos, tactical analyst Ricardo Formosinho and Tottenham’s head of first-team performance Carlos Lalin in a rented house.
Mourinho, who famously called old rival Arsene Wenger a ‘specialist in failure’, revealed: “I’m the fried egg specialist. We try to make cooking simple.
“We don’t have our families but we are big friends. We work a lot and time flies.
“I miss football but I try not to be selfish — just balanced and human.
“I prefer to say I miss our world — football is part of that. But we have to be patient and fight our fight. I prefer to wait for better days.
“I’m so sorry for families destroyed by bad news.”
Mourinho appeared a world away from the figure whose frustrations were reaching boiling point before the pandemic, as his squad was ravaged by injuries.
Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko and Steven Bergwijn have all recovered since Spurs’ last game — a 3-0 European loss to RB Leipzig on March 10.
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Spurs stars returned to their Enfield training base for workouts this week.
And Mourinho added: “It’s a positive feeling for the boys to smell grass again.
“For them, it’s many, many weeks of injury.
“We have to wait for the right permission for them to train again in groups to see if they can come back to a normal competition level.”