Since Jose Mourinho’s appointment, there has been a lot made about his negative style of play and questions about whether his philosophy works in the modern era (Yahoo Sports).
Some Spurs fans have been quite insistent that they are not looking forward to the kind of football the Portuguese manager could have Tottenham playing based on his time at Manchester United.
Mourinho’s former teams have a reputation of playing quite negative football and often preferring to sit on leads whilst attempting to close out games.
However, in his first press conference as Tottenham manager, Mourinho has insisted that Spurs fans can expect to see a continuation of the style thew saw under Mauricio Pochettino.
He admitted that in due course he will attempt to put his own fingerprint on the team.
When asked what style of play Tottenham will play under him, Mourinho told Football.London: ” Very similar to before. That’s what I keep saying. Very similar to before.
“Of course I am going to try to add some details and sometimes details that can make the difference and progressively we will arrive to a fingerprint but the style of play has to be always adapted not just to the club culture but especially to the players’ qualities.
“And that’s the way it is so these are the players, they have the qualities, adapted to a certain way of playing football and that’s the way I want to do it.”
Even previously, the 56-year-old always reiterated that he adopts his tactics and his strategy to the qualities of the players at his disposal (Coach’s Voice).
With Mourinho raving about the Tottenham squad in his press conference, one would hope he abandons the ultra-defensive set up he employed towards the end of his time at Manchester United.
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Just viewing Mourinho’s tactics as defensive or boring does a disservice to the 56-year-old’s tactical nous and his record across his career. While he is yet to prove that he has it in him to adapt to the modern era, he is capable of evolving and hopefully, he has studied his failures at Manchester United and learned from them.
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