At his pre-match press conference on Friday, the Portuguese said that what he most wanted was time to work with his squad.
There was even a Mourinho knee-slide into the wet turf, evoking memories of his touchline gallop at Old Trafford in 2004, when Jan Vertonghen headed in a barely deserved victor deep into added time.
"It's perfectly clear [for January]", Mourinho said.More news: Weather: Snow, ice in Monday forecast
"We need to improve in many things, and we are going to improve because we have the talent to improve, the desire to improve, so I'm sure we're going to improve". I complain every day with my staff, the frustration of: 'I want to do a certain kind of training.' I just can't do it.
They take on a Wolves side who are unbeaten in the Premier League in 11 games, last tasting defeat in mid-September. But of course in the way I know some players had a very good performance. "It will be a pleasure to receive him here in Molineux, a tremendous pleasure to have him". "I'm not saying he was a bad player".
"He's getting some praise for the work he's doing", he said. They're a fantastic team with a fantastic manager. "His players are ideal for the puzzle".More news: SpaceX launches 60 more internet satellites
The Spurs boss had already said that Giovano Lo Celso and Juan Foyth would not start a second game in a row, while Tanguy Ndombele, Ben Davies, Erik Lamela, Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm were all injured.
He played a cute one-two with Dele Alli to leave the midfielder with just Patricio to beat but his low strike hit the post.
"They have enough in the squad at the moment - Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez are both in form and they love an open game of football - they do not like having to manipulate the ball. So you want to be objective and asks if he starts Sunday, no he doesn't".More news: US, China agree on 'phase one' trade deal