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Tottenham boss Mourinho on Bielsa: Stop with the disciple talk!

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has had a dig at the fans of Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa ahead of today's game.

Manchester City chief Pep Guardiola and former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino are among the Leeds manager's admirers.

But current Spurs supremo Mourinho, whose side host Leeds this lunchtime, said: “I'm only a disciple of my father and I don't like that situation in football.

“Even younger coaches, even people that worked with me before, I don't like that: 'Oh, they are a disciple of Jose'. Everyone is an individual with their own ideas. You can be influenced by one or another but, in the end, what matters is the individual.

“And I think to speak about Mr Bielsa is for people who know him well. I don't know him well.

“I think he was Athletic Bilbao coach in one of the seasons I was in Real Madrid. Now is the first time we're in the Premier League at the same time.

“For sure, he has to be a very good coach but I'm not the person to analyse him because I don't know him even personally. I just shook hands a couple of times."

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