Jose Mourinho admits he was lazy and annoying during his playing days
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Jose Mourinho admits he was lazy and annoying during his playing days

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that he was lazy and annoying during his playing days.

The admission comes after his former teammate at Rio Ave between 1980 and 1982 Baltemar Brito opened up Mourinho who played as a midfielder in his days.

Brito, who was also part of Mourinho's coaching teams at Uniao de Leiria, Porto and Chelsea, suggested in an interview that his colleague was annoying, moaned a lot and was lazy in his playing days.

In his Friday press briefing Mourinho said of Brito's comments.: "Me as a player? Correct-absolutely correct.”

Asked what Mourinho the manager would do with Mourinho the player; the 57-year-old gave an honest response.

"I wouldn't play him. I wouldn't play him. That's so easy. Offered (to other clubs), take him! Take him for free!"

Brito in his interview despite his description of Mourinho said the Portuguese, contrary to popular belief, was not lacking in ability but his mindset held him back.

Speaking to Bleacher Report he said: "He was an attacking midfielder, usually playing behind the target man.

"He had great ability, but what may have held him back is that he already had his life sorted in a way at the time his mother was a teacher, his father, a coach. Our impression was that football was like a hobby for him.

Mourinho whose team was eliminated from the FA Cup by Norwich has had his team on a downward trajectory in recent games and will hope for a change of fortunes when they take on Burnley this weekend.