Tottenham legend Micky Hazard believes we can expect to see a lot more of Jose Mourinho’s ideas and principles embedded in the team when footballing action resumes following the coronavirus shutdown.
The Tottenham head coach has come in for criticism from some in the media following the team’s poor results in the last couple of months.
With key players including Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Moussa Sissoko out of action due to injury, the Champions League finalists have struggled with form.
Most, if not all of Tottenham’s injured players, are expected to be fit before Premier League action resumes (Football.London) and Hazard believes that they will make a big difference to the team’s prospects.
He also insisted that Mourinho will relish having more time to work with the players on the training pitch.
Speaking to the Daily Star, the former Spurs midfielder said: “Sometimes things are out of your control as a manager. Imagine Liverpool without Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
“Spurs lost three players who have been similarly influential in the last few years.
“The injury list caused issues and he’s never really had time to implement things as there’s been midweek games one after the other. He hasn’t really had much time to work on the team defensively – or even their shape.
“But I fully expect from now to when football kicks off again, to see a big change. I expect to see a lot more of his ideas and he’ll have instilled the attributes he’s renowned for.
“That winning mentality and some solid defensive work. That’s been Spurs’ biggest flaw this season. They’ve conceded goals out of nothing.”
Hazard also remained confident that the Portuguese coach will win trophies at Spurs just as he has in every club he’s managed.
He added: “It’s been stop-start, but over the next two-and-a-half years I expect him to achieve something big. Winning trophies is certainly in his repertoire.
“Pochettino was a great manager – but he hadn’t won any silverware. If you’re going to get rid of a great manager like that then you need to go for the very best.
“Mourinho is a born winner and he’ll add a trophy to the cabinet before his time at the club is out.”
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While our terrible luck with injuries this season have certainly crippled Mourinho, what has been a much bigger challenge for the Portuguese coach, in my opinion, is the lack of time to work with the players on the training pitch. On top of the injuries we’ve had, the squad has also had to contend with a game every three days for the past few months.
Mourinho is a manager who relies on drilling defensive and attacking structures and processes. That will require a lot of time on the training field. I expect us to be much better once he’s had a preseason to work with the team.
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