Back in late November, Daniel Levy and the Tottenham board decided to sack long-term manager Mauricio Pochettino after five and a half years in charge of the North London club.
The Argentine had led Tottenham from a team that struggled to even challenge for the Europa League to a Champions League finalist in just half a decade.
The only blotch on his Spurs CV was the lack of a trophy, and a poor 2019 was enough to earn him the sack.
Within 24 hours, Jose Mourinho was hired as the new head coach at Tottenham, bringing with him a wealth of experience and a pedigree of winning silverware.
Spurs enjoyed an immediate uptick in results and goals, although that eventually subsided as the injury list mounted and Tottenham’s defensive troubles returned.
After 20 games in charge of his new team, Mourinho looked back and assessed his time so far, feeling positive about the progress they had made in a short space of time.
He said (Football London): “I’m pleased. According to the circumstances I’m pleased. Independent to the unlucky situation we have with injuries I always want more. I always realise we have to improve in so many thing but according to all the difficulties because we’re not just speaking about some injuries, we are speaking about big injuries and every player is important, but we are talking about players who because of their stature, their charisma, they are more important than others.
“So when you lose Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane, Sissoko and Son, really, really hard but every day we work is going to be important work regarding the future. I know them better, they know me better. I think when you go through difficult moments it’s very hard but at the same time you can learn a lot about yourself and the others.
“My experience before Spurs, the only experience I had of coming to a club, I think it was January, was in Porto. That half-season was so, so, so strong but then the next season was very good and the next season was historical. So let’s face this difficult moment not in a dramatic moment but fight for what we can fight for this season. We can fight and then next season will be a better one I believe.”
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