Jose Mourinho has “forbidden” his Tottenham players from watching their Bayern Munich horror show.
The German giants thrashed Tottenham 7-2 at White Hart Lane in October in a result which was arguably a big factor in Mauricio Pochettino’s downfall as Spurs boss.
Serge Gnabry scored four in the demolition and Bayern have already won Group B and Tottenham are resting four big players with Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Serge Aurier and Jan Vertonghen all left behind in London.
But Mourinho does not want any of his players to be battle scarred before tackling the big-scoring Germans in the Allianz Arena.
Spurs boss Mourinho said: “7-2? I forbid any image about it. I watch it a couple of times with my staff and the analysts, try to go through every detail but not one single image for the boys not at all.
“We are going to focus on us, more than Bayern, to develop our model of play with different faces and diff bodies but there is a certain way we try to develop and we are totally focused on us and less on Bayern.”
Mourinho was in typically entertaining form as he admitted he had been learning German before taking the Spurs job three weeks ago, mocked a question about his record on developing young players and recalled one of his previous visits to Munich with Chelsea in 2005.
But there was also a clear determination from Mourinho – who has won the competition twice – to win silverware this season and he believes Spurs can go a long way if they can avoid a tough game in the last 16.
“We are qualified. We are in the knock out. The fact we are second diminishes the possibility a little bit in the last 16. We play second match away, against a group winner, clubs like Barcelona , PSG… the best will be waiting for us, it’s going to be difficult for us,” said Mourinho.
“And I think it’s going to be difficult for them. In the quarter final, when everybody in the same basket, that is the moment everybody has the same chances, the big big big big step is the first knock out.”
Mourinho did not fancy answering a question in German but confirmed he had lessons during his year out of management after being sacked by Manchester United amid heavy links with Bayern.
“The motivation was to learn. I try to learn all time and was not working for a few months. Curiosity and culture. I would love to be able to answer in German which I cannot at this moment,” said Mourinho,
“But I would love to. It was not related to jobs as you can probably think and you wrote at the time but not at all.
“But I don’t imagine myself in Bayern. For one reason. I’m so happy with my job I don’t look to the next step. I will leave Tottenham one day when Mr Levy eventually and the supporters and players want me to leave. I don’t think t leave at all. That only reason.”
Mourinho is preparing to play some youngsters at Bayern and snapped at a question about his record on developing young players as well as recalling a comical moment in Munich in the past.
Back in 2005, Mourinho got a touchline ban after a bust-up in Barcelona, hid in a laundry basket at Stamford Bridge to get in the dressing room and got former assistant Rui Faria to wear a hat to hide an earpiece so he could communicate from afar.
“I was suspended. I couldn’t communicate with the team and I decide the best way was to go to hotel and communicate from hotel. When I arrived it was 1-0 to Chelsea. We were winning already,” smiled Mourinho who sarcastically answered the question on youth development.
“Scott McTominay, only the best player at Manchester United, Rafael Varane is one of the best players in the world. It’s fair criticism, yeah.”