Opinion: A plea to Jose Mourinho – The manager of yesterday

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho is currently doing his best to show that he is the manager of yesterday, the man who had his time in the sunshine and is now ticking down towards retirement.

The Special One coined a particular brand of football at the beginning of the century that put an emphasis on hard work and rigid defending above all else.

However, with each passing job, that way of football has been creeping further towards the doldrums, particularly in the Premier League.

Although he won plenty at Man United, you could see that the fans were unhappy with the boring brand of football, which is ultimately why he didn’t last at Old Trafford.

With Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp building two of the best teams the world has ever seen, with pressing from the front, lightning-fast counter-attacks, pace, power, and an unrelenting desire to win every single game, the days of park-the-bus have gone.

When it comes to a big team like Spurs, a team that made the Champions League Final last year, they simply must be more ambitious and brave with their football.

They have one of the best centre-forwards in the world and one of the best wingers. They have a World-Cup-winning captain in goal. They have a bright, young playmaker in Lo Celso and even Eric Dier is enjoying a resurgence. Why not build a team around that?

Why not make the most out of the players’ strengths and create a new brand of football? Why can’t Mourinho see that he is being left in the past? Why can’t he adapt?

Four at the back with two full-backs who are equally at home in defence and attack. One midfielder who is happy to sit deep and defend all day long. Two central midfielders who can create from deep or take it in turns to get forward. Two wide forwards who are given the license to roam. One centre-forward there to finish off the moves.

A 4-3-3 formation, similar to the one seen at Liverpool, would be absolutely ideal for a new-look Tottenham team.

We have seen what Kane can do for England in that formation with the likes of Sterling and Sancho either side.

Mourinho, I beg of you, make a change, look to the future, be ambitious, and become a manager of today, rather than a man stuck in the past.

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