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.”
Spurs’ stadium has already opened its doors to patients of North Middlesex Hospital’s Women’s Outpatient Services. It leaves Mourinho feeling “strange and emotional” when he walks in the dressing room.
“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.”