It was arguably the most memorable moment of the entire All or Nothing documentary which followed Tottenham during the 2019/20 season.
Ahead of Jose Mourinho’s first Champions League game as Spurs coach, the Portuguese turned to a stunned Serge Aurier and publicly fired a warning shot to the full-back/
“Serge, you are a marker. You speak good English?” Mourinho asked, to which Aurier nodded with confirmation.
“I am afraid of you as a marker. Because you are capable of doing a sh*t penalty with VAR. So I am telling you already, I am afraid of you.”
Mourinho then watched his side concede two first-half goals against Olympiakos, before Serge Aurier scored one of four for Spurs to win 4-2.
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The Frenchman would ultimately become a regular under Mourinho, but admitted the altercation left him furious.
“In the past I would have responded directly, because if you’re scared of me, you don’t pick me,” said the right-back in an interview with Soccer Stories – Oh My Goal.
“If you don’t trust someone, you don’t let them deal with your stuff, right? So if you’re scared of me, pick someone else.
“So I was about to say, I swear, I was about to say it. ‘Pick someone else!’”
Despite Mourinho’s unorthodox methods, Aurier was a fan of the former Spurs manager, believing he had actually ironed out some of the traits that saw him fail elsewhere.
“Maybe he managed to erase his flaws,” he added. Today, regarding what I heard about him before, he is not the same coach any more.
“He is a bit more with the players and he hangs out a bit more with the players and I like that.
However, with Mourinho out of the door, his replacement Nuno Espirito Santo deemed him surplus to requirements and put him up for sale.
Despite links throughout the window, Spurs failed to find a suitor for the full-back and such was their desperation to offload him, a decision was made to terminate his contract.
“I have really enjoyed my time at Spurs and would like to thank the Club and the fans, but I feel now is the right time for me to move onto a new challenge,” Aurier explain after leaving Spurs.
Jose Mourinho’s harsh assessment may have drawn criticism at the time, but his mentor Nuno clearly agreed following the ruthless decision to let him walk for free.
Aurier often went from the sublime to the ridiculous during his four-year stay in north London, with Mourinho’s “scared” assessment often proving true.