After revealing yesterday evening that Spurs are a pony in this year’s horse race for the title, Jose Mourinho acted incredibly coy during the press conference after their 0-0 draw with London rivals and potentially title rivals Chelsea. Jose said his team were disappointed with the result and that they should not even be considered as title contenders. Like others I believe this was a bit of tactical mind play and that actually the ‘happy one’ was thrilled with the point in what was a pragmatic performance by the North Londoners.
Jose has been his old-self this season, with his approach to away fixtures and his ruthlessness to drop certain players who are not pulling their weight. He’s found a system that is working as they currently sit top of the table with ten games played, with certain individuals such as Eric Dier and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg flourishing under him. I’ve always said you either make it or break it under Jose, his style is not for the faint hearted and he’s one if he likes you he’ll throw an arm round you and if he doesn’t, you’ve probably got more chance of getting a smile from the grim reaper himself. He’s got Harry Kane playing as a tenacious central midfielder and dominant striker, Son Heung-Min looking like a double-figure goalscorer and Serge Aurier looking like a completely different prospect than he has been since he arrived in the capital. He seems to have created a wiser mentality in that dressing room and although some results this year haven’t been brilliant like many other of the big clubs, in the last five Premier League games Spurs have accumulated 13 points out of a possible 15. The way he set his team up in their 2-0 win over Manchester City in their last home fixture was pure Jose, with them playing on the counter and creating a wall which City couldn’t penetrate. Yesterday’s point was a good one despite Jose cleverly stating that the dressing room wasn’t happy, but he knows his team had to be clever and not lose the game especially with them facing both Arsenal and Liverpool in the next three weeks. Although it may not be the football that many Spurs fans witnessed under the much loved Pochettino, they seem to be in their best position for the title since 2016 where they lost out to Leicester City in that famous season.
I’ve got huge admiration for Jose and probably sit in that rare category of people who likes him and appreciates his persona. He’s a winner and an entertainer and I wasn’t enjoying watching him in Manchester, but at Spurs he seems happy and looks as if he’s got his grove back.
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