Tottenham travel to Munich on Wednesday where they take on Bayern in their final match of the group. Both teams have qualified already for the next round, but Mourinho isn't taking any chances.
Tottenham's heavy defeat to the Bundesliga giants was the beginning of the end for Pochettino, who was sacked seven games later. Bayern have suffered back-to-back Bundesliga defeats and are in turmoil as they lag seventh in their domestic division but, to Mourinho, the recent past was not a principal concern.
“I forbid any image of it [the 7-2],” Mourinho said during his pre-match press conference.
“I watched it a couple of times: me, my staff and analysts try to go through every single aspect of that but not one single image for the boys. No. Not at all. We’re going to focus more on us than on Bayern.
“We’re going to try to develop our model of play, with different bodies, different phases, different players. But there is a certain way that we try to play football and try to develop our principles of play. And we’re totally focused on us.”
Mourinho: "I haven't had time to know all my players well. And playing in games is different than training. So tomorrow is an opportunity for many of the boys that didn't play in the last weeks to show what they are capable of" pic.twitter.com/Hv3FUSWpOI— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) December 10, 2019
Mourinho has opted to rest Harry Kane,
“You think our team is the same without Harry Kane?” Mourinho added.
“It’s not the same. And, of course, Bayern depend a little on Lewandowski. Their coach thinks differently to me.
"I left Harry Kane at home, and I expect Lewandowski to play. But maybe he gets injured [on Wednesday night] and doesn’t play at the weekend – so it’s better he thinks twice and doesn’t play Lewandowski!
“I arrive in mid-season, without four, five, six weeks to work and know the players – so we have to do everything while we are running. It’s very important to me that the players are coachable and open. I think the boys need me and my job is to help them.”