The dream start as Tottenham boss is finally over for Jose Mourinho, as he recorded his first loss at the helm in North London last night.
Spurs travelled to Manchester to take on Manchester United, Mourinho’s old side, just a year after the Red Devils chose to sack the Special One.
Mourinho is, of course, only in the Tottenham job because Daniel Levy and co took a similar decision over Mauricio Pochettino’s position, bringing his five and a half years at the club to a close.
Poch and Spurs had made a woeful start to the season, sat down in 14th in the Premier League, and lacking a defensive backbone and the intensity that was once a trademark of their game under the Argentine.
Jose Mourinho was asked how he fixes that problem now that he has inherited the squad, to which he replied that he did not have the time to work on that at this moment.
He explained (Football London): “Working, which I’m not doing a lot of that work. You cannot work on intensity when you are permanently playing matches every two to three days. You can work on other things, you can work on principles of play, you work on tactical positioning, but intensity, aggression is something you cannot work on.
“How can I work on these items of the game when I have to play Saturday again. I just can’t do it. So it has to be in time and try to influence the profile of the players and their concentration levels too, because today the throw-in is a total lack of concentration too. The team only reacted after Rashford had the ball and after he started facing the first defending. That was when we started reacting and before that is why we were not there.
“We need to work on concentration levels but the players are fantastic. Very good players, very good professionals. They want and they will.”
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