Mourinho said he would miss Maradona's generous larger-than-life character
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that Diego Maradona would call him after defeats, paying a warm tribute to the late Argentine great with a "big, big" heart.
The World Cup winner died from a heart attack on Wednesday aged 60.
"I spent the day today telling stories to my guys about him and the time we spent together and that’s the guy I miss," Mourinho told BT Sport.
"I especially miss the phone call that was always arriving after defeats and never after victories.
"He knew that after victories I don’t need phone calls, he knew that in difficult moments he was always there and he was always saying after defeats and in difficult moments 'Mo, don't forget you are the best'.
💙 Tottenham Hotspur head coach José Mourinho pays tribute to the legend, Diego Maradona:— Last Word On Spurs🎙 (@LastWordOnSpurs) November 26, 2020
🌟"In difficult moments he was always there. He would always say after defeats, 'Mou, don't forget, you are the best!'
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"It was always with this kind of approach, so I miss Diego."
The Spurs boss said those who had been able to spend time with Maradona had been privileged, drawing a line between the footballer and the man.
"There is Maradona and there is Diego," said Mourinho. "Maradona, I don't need to speak about because the world knows and nobody will forget.
"Diego is different. The people that are the big friends of him, the people that share dressing rooms with him, colleagues, these guys are privileged.
"I can say he was a good friend of mine, but my contacts with him were by telephone and we met of course a few times."
"I feel sorry that I didn't spend more time with him." ❤— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) November 26, 2020
Jose Mourinho pays tribute to his friend, the late Diego Maradona, and says he would always call him after big defeats as a manager. pic.twitter.com/IyQ3p4D5Rj
Mourinho said he would miss Maradona's generous larger-than-life character.
"He had a big, big, big, big heart," said Mourinho, whose side beat Ludogorets 4-0 on Thursday to move to the brink of qualification for the Europa League knockout phase.
"That’s the guy I miss, because his football we can find every time we miss him, if we Google we will find it. But Diego, no."