Comparing Mourinho’s first 50 games as Spurs boss with Pochettino’s last 50

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The pressure is mounting on José Mourinho, with five losses in Tottenham’s last six Premier League games, leaving him with the worst winning percentage of any of his coaches since Juande Ramos.

Spurs’ 2-1 loss to West Ham was Mourinho’s 50th Premier League match for the club, with fewer points scored at this stage than any other club he has been in charge of.

When the Portuguese manager first arrived in England and took over Chelsea in 2004, the Blues had 126 points on the scoreboard in their first 50 games. That’s 45 more than he has achieved in the same stint in charge of the Spurs.

But it’s fair to say that his last club was not in the same position to compete as the Roman Abramovich-backed Chelsea back then. Spurs were 14th in the table when Mauricio Pochettino was fired and replaced by Mourinho in November 2019.

The club was obviously going through a difficult period in the final weeks of Pochettino’s tenure, but what about the longer-term form? Here’s how Mourinho’s first 50 Premier League games in charge of Spurs compare to the Argentine’s last 50.

Jose Mourinho

Games: 50
Wins: 23
Drawn: 12
Lost: 15

Goals for: 80
Goals against: 57
Clean sheets: 14

Points: 81
Points per game: 1.62

Win rate: 46%
Loss rate: 30%

Goals per game: 1.60
Goals conceded per game: 1.14

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Mauricio Pochettino

Games: 50
Wins: 26
Drawn: 7
Lost: 17

Goals for: 85
Goals against: 56
Clean sheets: 14

Points: 85
Points per game: 1.70

Win rate: 52%
Loss rate: 34%

Goals per game: 1.70
Goals conceded per game: 1.12

As the numbers make clear, there is no dramatic difference in terms of results, with Pochettino leading the club to three more wins and five more points overall during the same period of games.

But Daniel Levy could have expected things to move in the opposite direction when he named three-time Premier League winner Mourinho, especially with a reported outlay in the region of £ 100 million on new players last summer.

Something worth noting has been Mourinho’s inability to improve defense, a proud hallmark of his career as a coach, with one more goal conceded than in the same period with Pochettino, and five less scored.


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