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Will Mourinho Succeed At Tottenham Hotspurs?

Written by:
Payton
Published on:
Nov/25/2019

News broke last Tuesday morning that Tottenham Hotspur had sacked Mauricio Pochettino after five years in charge of the Premier League club.

Spurs, the runners-up in the 2019 Champions League Final recently sat at 14th spot in the Premier League table. Despite their impressive past challenges in the race for a title, it was a position which club chairman Daniel Levy couldn't ignore for much longer. However, Spurs fans are wondering if the Tottenham board has acted too slowly to save their season.

The man charged with resurrecting the clubs fortunes is Jose Mourinho, the Special One, a manager who has guided all his teams to silverware. From the Champions League with Porto to the Premier League with Chelsea. The Portuguese has been given a two-year contract with the North London side. 

Considering Tottenham haven't won any significant honours since 1991, Mourinho, in theory, could be a perfect replacement for Pochettino. He has won 20 trophies across four leagues. Notwithstanding, the reservations surrounding his style of football will dampen fans expectations. Trophies may come with Mourinho, but will it be at the expense of attacking football which Spurs fans have enjoyed over the past five years? Mourinho's negative style has cost him his most recent job at Manchester United. It's now almost a year since he was shown the door out of Old Trafford. So, what will he do differently for his new club?

Not even a week into his new managerial job and he has attempted to appoint a director of football. Last season Spurs were able to reach the Champions League Final without signing any new players. Despite Liverpool taking the honours, and looking set to win the Premier League this season, it was still a major achievement for Spurs. But had they signed just one or two key players, they might have won that final. A director of football will redefine Tottenham's transfer strategy. Unfortunately, though, Jose will have to wait until the Summer to land the right director.

Tottenham has gradually earned their place amongst the elite in English football playing fast-paced, accurate, attacking play. Which is a different style we have grown accustomed to watching Mourinho's teams. The likes of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Heung-Min Son may struggle in such a strict set-up.

Many of the players Mourinho inherited from Pochettino are coming towards the end of their peak. Nevertheless, with age comes experience, and the backline could thrive under a conventional defence system. Will Mourinho go back to his old ways and park the bus in the new stadium?

Mourinho was once a mastermind of the modern game. But over the past five years, his ego has created problems at all the teams he has managed, losing the dressing room at both Chelsea & Manchester United. So why are Spurs taking a considerable risk with the Portuguese tactician? Well, it's a risk which could be rewarded with silverware. However, this is dependant on how Jose approaches the task ahead. Armchair pundits will claim Mourinho is finished, a mere memory in the Premier League archives. This sort of talk will only fuel Mourinho's desire to bounce back and prove himself once again. 

A pivotal player to Spurs' success is, of course, team captain Harry Kane, who has started the season poorly, compared to usual standards. Kane's performances for England however, have been superb. In his last two games for country, the striker has found the back of the net four times as England qualify for the 2022 Euros. 

Mourinho will be hoping Kane can carry on this form into the Premier League ahead of an intense run-up to Christmas. Tottenham face Olympiacos, Bournemouth, Manchester United and then Burnley all before December 5th. A relatively fortunate list of opponents, fans would expect a minimum of four wins if they want to stay in the race for a top-four spot. Mourinho has started his Tottenham career with a win away at West Ham. A perfect start for the maligned manager. Can Jose bring a trophy to North London in the next two years - I wouldn't bet against it.

 

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