Ledley King suggests Spurs players were in a rut under Mauricio Pochettino

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Tottenham legend Ledley King has revealed that he has already seen some positive signs in terms of how the Spurs stars are responding to new head coach Jose Mourinho.

Drawing from his experience as a player, the former Spurs captain said that the current squad will be relishing to learn from Mourinho who has won trophies including the Champions League and Premier League during his managerial career. 

He claimed that it was apparent that the players are soaking up the experience and the knowledge that the Portuguese manager has to offer.

Speaking to Sky Sports, King said: “[Mourinho] is a winner. He’s won everything. From my experience, if someone like that comes into your club you listen, you take everything on board and you try to soak up as much as you can.

“You believe that if you do the right things you’ll become a winner. I see the players doing that at the moment; they’re soaking up everything, they’re listening and so far the results have been good.”

Tottenham have completely turned their form around since Mourinho arrived at the club last month.

While they were struggling to get any wins in the Premier League towards the end of Pochettino’s reign, they have gone on to win four of their five Premier League games since the 56-year-old took over.

King identified the return of the players’ confidence as the key variable that is leading to improved performances recently.

He said, “Confidence plays a big part in sports, we know that, and Spurs seemed to be stuck in a bit of a rut at the moment in time when Mauricio went.

“The players are confident again. They’re a good group of players and they just needed to get back to what they do best and so far under the new manager it seems to be working well.”

The former Spurs centre back also spoke about how crucial the London derby between Spurs and Chelsea is on Sunday in the race for a top four finish..

King added: “The race for top four generally does go right down to the wire. What’s great is that four or five weeks ago it looked a long way off, finishing in the top four, but now it really is a realistic goal.

“Chelsea have obviously dipped over the few weeks while Spurs have really picked up some positive results and gained momentum. It puts the game right on a knife-edge in terms of who’s got the advantage at the moment. These are two good teams and I’m expecting another really good game.”

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While I, like many Spurs fans, wasn’t really happy with the appointment of Mourinho when it happened, I have changed my mind since then. A change was clearly needed at the club and I believe bringing a serial winner like Mourinho in was exactly what was needed. I am excited to see what he can do with this set of players given some time to work with them.

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