Tottenham Hotspur head coach, Jose Mourinho, has been in charge of the club for almost exactly one month since the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino.
However, despite being in charge for a decent amount of time now, this was actually Mourinho’s first full week with his players.
The winter schedule is so hectic for those competing in the Champions League and Premier League that the Special One has often only had a few days between each game.
However, since the late win away to Wolves last week, Mourinho has been given plenty of time to work with his lads on the training pitch.
What great timing too, as the manager comes up against his former side in Chelsea, with a win for Spurs enough to leapfrog their London rivals into fourth.
Mourinho was asked what he focused on in training this week, as well as whether we would see a different Tottenham on Sunday.
He said (Football London): “The intensity of the ideas because the ideas we always tried to bring them to the training pitch. When I say ideas I say obviously the tactical ideas, but one thing is to do it with lower intensity because you played yesterday or you play tomorrow. You don’t even do it with proper opposition, you do it with passive opposition.
“In this moment, in this week was the first week where we managed to do it also using the physical adaptations and we work at the intensity we like to work at which is an intensity very very high because this is the way we try to play either defensively or offensively.
“So it was fundamentally about that and between January, February I think we are going to have a couple more weeks like that unless we have some FA Cup replays to play and then we interrupt one of these weeks but if we don’t have draws in our match against Middlesbrough and eventually in the next round if we win then we are going to be fine because we will have more weeks to work.
“I hope the team improves. I think we are improving step by step but fundamentally we are improving more with the matches we play than the training sessions we have.
“The matches are what’s bringing us to do the correct things, to do mistakes, analyse the mistakes, to go over the mistakes which of course we did since I arrived. Another thing is to have a training week to work so I would be disappointed if the team doesn’t answer well to the quality they gave me because they gave me lots of quality and commitment, and desire in this week of work.”
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