When Jose Mourinho arrives at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, masked and carrying vegetables, it’s a picture of the ‘new normal’.
In football’s absence, he is volunteering to help harvest fresh produce from the club’s training ground. He delivers it to the stadium, where it is distributed to those in the local community identified as most in-need during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
“I miss football,” the Spurs head coach tells Sky Sports News, now seven weeks since he last took charge of a match here.
“But I prefer to say I miss our world, like I think we all do. Football is just part of my world. But we have to be patient, this is a fight that we all have to fight.”
“You try to visualise what the normal day is here, the pre-match, the match, after the match, then you come here and just see an incredible hospital facility,” he says. “I think it’s just fantastic.”
The Premier League will hold further talks this week as it targets a return behind closed doors in June. Sport will only resume when the government is satisfied its own measures are in place.
When it does, Mourinho wants to finish the 2019/20 Premier League season.
“If we play the remaining nine matches this season it will be good for every one of us,” he says.
“It will be good for football, for the Premier League.
“If we play football behind closed doors I’d like to think that football is never behind closed doors. With cameras, it means that millions and millions are watching. So if one day we walk into this empty stadium, it will not be empty, not at all.”