They return to the Champions League in mid-week, with little more than that to play for.
But Mourinho says he has made a concerted effort to improve his behaviour on the sidelines, although he admits he can not be described as ideal just yet. I didn't think I was a winger but then I went to Barcelona and they asked me to do a job and Mourinho is asking him to do a job.
Agreeing that he is not ideal, Mourinho said, "I'm not going from the Bad One to the flawless One, no way, but I try, I make an effort and I'm happy with the way things are going". Now, for a few months he is free of minor injuries and I'm really happy. I like the Geordies.
"I'm pretty sure that I would win".
Mourinho, whose team visit Newcastle United on Sunday, has been involved in numerous confrontations with officials during his career.
"I don't know why, I think it's the only stadium in the Premier League where I have not won - also Huddersfield but I only played there once", he said.
But Mourinho brushed away the comments and claimed the Frenchman - who only played 25 minutes against Huddersfield last week - knows he is a box to box midfielder.
"But I just think - midfield players". What I know of the club, it has an incredible army of fans, a city that lives for the club and supports the club. Kenedy is expected to play on the left and Matt Ritchie could make way for Christian Atsu on the right.
"I wanted a better way [in midfield] against a side that was defending in a block". Benitez, another example. It is hard to understand [Newcastle's problems].
Phil Jones, Smalling's central-defensive partner, said the players were "devastated" by the defeat, which leaves them just two points ahead of third-placed Liverpool, who beat Southampton 2-0.
Now, they could have a better chance of getting that result after Islam Slimani came into the club on deadline day.
Newcastle United's first home win since October lifted them from 18th to 13th in the table and Benitez was full of praise for goalkeeper Dubravka.