Former Manchester City striker Shaun Goater believes that Jose Mourinho is in a better position at Tottenham Hotspur than his previous role.
Mourinho helped Manchester United to a Europa League and EFL Cup double in 2016-17, winning 84 of his 144 matches in charge but was sacked from his position at Old Trafford in December 2018 (Sky Sports).
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy took the decision to sack Mauricio Pochettino after five and a half years in charge at the North London club following a difficult start to the new season which saw them head into the recent international breaks in the unfamiliar position of fourteenth in the Premier League.
Goater believes that Mourinho has inherited a better crop of players at Spurs compared to his time at United but is expecting to see a more attacking style of play from the Champions League finalists.
Spurs are yet to win a competitive trophy since lifting the League Cup in 2008.
“I think he had the excuse to say ‘well the United players didn’t have the same quality as the Tottenham players’, but the Tottenham players are quality players that can challenge.
He told Express Sport: “Tottenham, in most games, don’t need manager, because if the players get along and they play to their abilities, they should win,”
“I’m prepared to give him the time to see, but I’m expecting the team to be more offensive.
“The players are good enough to produce offensive, quality football.”
“I used to love Mourinho,” added Goater.
“When he was at Chelsea, it was a joy to watch him.
“He used to do things like leave three players up the field and say ‘well, what are you going to do?’. Now, Mourinho just doesn’t do that.
“Im intrigued because he’s at Tottenham with quality players, and the question is, can he get these quality players playing an offensive game?
“We’ve all sort of labelled Mourinho as this pragmatic, sort of manager, but now he’s got a really offensive team.
“He’s showed me a lot of things that shows he’s learned.
“He’s talking about ‘it’s for the team; it’s for the players; it’s not about me’, because before it seemed like it was always about him.”
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