Football.London’s Alasdair Gold believes that Jose Mourinho will guide Tottenham Hotspur to a top-three finish as well as silverware next season.
Mourinho has come under a lot of criticism during his short time in the Spurs hot seat so far, with many questioning the head coach’s negative tactical approach (ESPN FC).
Irrespective of what one feels about Tottenham’s style of play, it is indisputable that performances and results saw a marked improvement since the restart.
In fact, Mourinho insisted that Spurs could have done even better than their sixth-place finish if they were not hit with a severe injury crisis earlier in the season.
Gold is confident that the 57-year-old will make the Lilywhites a much-better outfit next campaign.
When asked by a fan in a Q and A if he still believed that Tottenham would finish in the top three and win a trophy next season, Gold responded: “I do. They might be shocking to watch right now but I can see the foundations Mourinho is putting in.
“They’re fourth in the table since he arrived. With a few of his targeted transfers in there and his managerial knowledge and experience compared to his rivals, I think when it comes to the crunch he’ll get Spurs doing what he wants.
“With a full season, without the problems of this year, I think it’ll be different.”
The journalist also claimed that the team’s mentality and approach to cup competitions will change under the Portuguese coach due to his hunger to win silverware.
He added: “He (Mourinho) wants to win everything he’s in. He’s been in the Europa League twice and won it on both occasions.
“He will want to keep that record going. Spurs need silverware to start the ball rolling.”
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As Gold says, there are very clear signs that Jose is drilling the team to be ruthless in both attacking and defensive transitions. While I can see us consistently getting results against teams like Leicester and Arsenal who like to play out from the back, I question if this approach can yield us results against sides that employ a low block and let us have the ball.
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