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According to reports from The Athletic, who have been reported by ‘multiple locker room sources’, some of the Tottenham Hotspur players are “increasingly unhappy” with José Mourinho’s approach.
Tottenham topped the table in December but have fallen to ninth in the league table after suffering five losses in their last six games.
Mourinho insisted that the methods used by him and his coaching staff are “the best in the world”, and Athletic assures that they have not yet lost the entire dressing room.
“Some of the attacking players, who feel that Mourinho’s training is too focused on defense and doesn’t make mistakes, are unhappy with how little attention there is to training complex offensive patterns.
“Some attacking players have even commented privately that they still depend on the moves and finishes in the last third that they learned and perfected with Pochettino because there has been very little detailed attacking work with Mourinho.”
Unless results improve, Mourinho could have a hard time keeping his job for long.
Mourinho’s priorities go above style. With Mauricio Pochettino, the Spurs used to play attractive football.
They focused on retaining possession and preferred a dominant style of football.
With Mourinho, the goal is not to improve his own game, but to exploit the weakness of others. Reactive football has worked well at times, with Spurs recording impressive victories against Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal based on a counterattack strategy.
Needless to say, when the focus was on how to override the opposition, Spurs’ attacking football has been limited at times. They rely heavily on Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min and there is very little imagination in their attack department.