On the back of Tottenham’s 3-1 defeat to Sheffield United, some fans have been pointing the finger at Jose Mourinho and questioning if his appointment was the right one for the club.
After looking defensively solid in their first two matches, the Lilywhites’ backline were all over the place for all three of the home sides goals on Thursday, demonstrating that there is a lot of work still to be done.
The team was also disappointing going forward, as they struggled to breakdown a stubborn Blades defence.
The Spurs boss insisted after the defeat that his players had to become mentally stronger to cope with decisions not going their way and admitted that he is learning a lot about the profile of some of the players in his squad.
However, the Portuguese coach made another admission before the game that looked, in my opinion, to be a clear message to Daniel Levy.
When asked about Liverpool’s title triumph during the pre-match press conference ahead of the game on Thursday, Mourinho seemed to suggest that he is going to need time to turn around Tottenham’s fortunes, just as Jurgen Klopp did at Anfield.
The 57-year-old told Football.London: “First of all congratulations, it is obvious to everyone connected to Liverpool Football Club, not just the coaches, the players but everyone at the club. Congratulations, it is time for them to enjoy after so long.
“The numbers don’t let you lie, of course they deserved. I think what they did is what you have to do. When you trust a manager, you trust. And it doesn’t matter how you do in your first season, it doesn’t matter how you do in your second season, you keep working because you believe in him so you keep working together. So if the results in the first seasons are not good, you improve.
“If the results in the second season are not good you keep improving, and you go to the third season, you go the fourth and of course when the manager is good, and the structure behind is good, and when they manage to do a collective work like they did the results arrive.
“So I think it’s a great example for people that think in football everything is done in one week, one month or one year. So I double my compliments to them exactly because of the profile and the way they accepted it was a project, well done.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I can see where Jose is coming from but there are major differences between the Liverpool team Klopp took over and the Spurs team that Jose had when he came to North London. It is clear that the squad needs several additions but it is disingenuous of Mourinho to suggest that he needs five years as the current Spurs squad is considerably better than the one Liverpool had in 2015.
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