Tottenham Hotspur have actually not had the very best possible start to the season which is plain to see from their terrible league position. But despite their woes, the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino sent shock waves through the football world since some individuals might fairly claim that the Argentine gaffer was worthy of more time given all the great that he provided for Spurs during his time in North London.
But on the other side of the same coin is the fact that Spurs have actually looked a shadow of their previous selves this season. More significantly, Pochettino appeared to have lost his command over the Spurs dressing space given that the start of the continuous season.
This likewise had a lot to do with the reality that some of Spurs’ best gamers from last season were neither given agreement extensions or enabled to leave for greener pastures in the summer.
With the team in dire straits entering into the global break, Daniel Levy wasted no time in sacking Pochettino. But it is the Argentine’s replacement who has actually been making all the headings over the last couple of days with Levy picking none aside from Jose Mourinho to fill deep space left by Pochettino.
Mourinho’s Immediate Check List at Spurs
Mourinho and Pochettino are as various as chalk and cheese, not just in terms of their personalities but likewise when it pertains to their footballing approaches.
While Pochettino endorsed a high-pressing possession-based design of play, Mourinho prides himself in a strong defence and fast counter-attacks.
And as luck would have it, the squad that Mourinho has actually inherited from Pochettino is custom-made for the Portuguese manager’s brand of football. However the greatest job that Mourinho has on his hands right now is to determine his finest defence.
Though Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld are 2 of the best centre-backs in the Premier League, the ‘Unique One’ will have to get both these Belgians to focus on today.
Meanwhile, Christian Eriksen has been at the heart of most of the advantages that Spurs have developed in the recent past, however the Danish international is another of those who discovers himself uncertain at the moment.
But the former AFC Ajax guy provided his brand-new supervisor a timely pointer of his capabilities with a cameo against Olympiacos F.C. in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night.
After beginning as a first-half replacement for Eric Dier, Eriksen took a while to settle into the Spurs midfield. However as the game went on, he handled to find his passing variety and eventually established Harry Kane for Spurs’ 4th and last goal of the night. The duo can go on to make history together if Mourinho can get Eriksen to commit his future to the club.
But perhaps the part that Mourinho is most thrilled about at Spurs is working with their powerful attack that includes the similarity Kane, Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Dele Alli.
And each of them have actually provided a good account of themselves in the last 2 games by playing a part in the objectives that Spurs scored against West Ham and AFC Ajax respectively.
From Title Pretenders to Title Contenders
Regardless of constructing among the most steady and constant clubs in the Premier League throughout his tenure at Spurs, Pochettino stopped working to win a single trophy at the club and it ultimately cost the Argentine his job.
Nevertheless, that has to be the one and only ‘failure’ throughout his time at Spurs, the truth that he might not take Spurs to the next level.
And Mourinho is perhaps the very best manager to bridge that gap for the North London club and take them from title pretenders to title contenders at long last.
The consultation of Mourinho does signal the start of a new era at Spurs given that he features a recipe for instantaneous success, Spurs fans may not have to wait for a lot longer to taste success.
Having stated that, if Mourinho does go on to work his immediate magic at Spurs, the work of his predecessor, Pochettino, must not be forgotten. After all, Mourinho will be reaping the fruits of Pochettino’s 5 years of labour.
In addition to this, let’s not forget that Mourinho’s success at a club frequently comes at a heavy expense as he leaves behind a disjointed dressing room and a sensation of unrest among the fans.
If history does go on to repeat itself, Spurs will find themselves in a location where they require a supervisor in the Pochettino mould to help them restore.
But that will be much easier said than done as managers like Pochettino do not occur frequently in the modern era as was pointed out by Gary Lineker. Whichever way you take a look at it, Pochettino’s shadow will certainly hover over Spurs for years to come.