Tottenham have had a poor start to the new Premier League season, having won just one of their four matches so far. Manchester City and Liverpool have already built a significant lead over Spurs, with the Reds the only team remaining who can boast of a 100% record.
While the two teams were no doubt favourites for the title before the start of the season, the football they are playing seems to suggest that there will once again be a massive gap between the 2nd and 3rd spot this season.
Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insisted a few weeks ago that Tottenham were one of the three teams who realistically had a chance of winning the Premier League title (Sky Sports).
However, it appears that the Portuguese has changed his opinion on the title race after the first few weeks of football.
The 56-year-old insisted that it was the great structure that they have in place behind the scenes at Liverpool and Manchester City that made them such forces to be reckoned with.
When asked what separated the top two teams from the rest, Mourinho told The Telegraph, “I think it’s down to the structure of the clubs (top two). When you look at City, for example, the owner Ferran Soriano (chief executive), Txiki Begiristain (director of football), Pep Guardiola, Pep’s staff and then the players.
“This looks like harmony, empathy, chemistry, quality, sharing the same project, sharing the same ideas.”
“Liverpool? I also think that Jurgen (Klopp) is in a good position. He is very stable. I think he has control of his ‘areas’. He is supported by people who think the same way, the structure of the club.
“Okay, Pep: fantastic coach. Jurgen: fantastic coach. I think if tomorrow one of them leaves and another top coach comes – of course, he has to be top like they are – the team will still be there (at that level). I think performance is globality. I think basically it is that.”
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In fairness, Tottenham also have also had a lot of stability for the past few years which is what has enabled us to finish in the top 4 for four seasons running. Playing away from home for almost two full seasons will affect any side and hopefully, Spurs will be able to improve their points tally now that they are back home this season.
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