Tottenham’s draw against Newcastle on Sunday has once again brought up Jose Mourinho’s uglier side.
When asked why his side has suffered so much this season from winning positions in their hunt for a top four finish in the Premier League, Mourinho simply replied, ‘The same coach, different players’.
Tottenham have lost 13 points from winning positions in the last 15 minutes of matches of this campaign. That statistic is devastating to Spurs and Mourinho’s reputation as a successful top flight manager.
Tottenham’s draw against Newcastle on Sunday has brought out Jose Mourinho’s uglier side
Tottenham have lost 13 points from winning positions in the last 15 minutes of matches
There has been murmurs of unrest behind the scenes at the North London club and Jose’s comment will not go down well with Harry Kane and co.
He added Sky Sports: ‘The point for me at the moment is to put together a team that can win, but in the end a bit deja vu. I believe a lot of these white hairs come with things that I’m not used to seeing in football games at this level. ‘
Mourinho’s sourness and bitterness towards his players hasn’t always been around.
When Mourinho arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2004, he took English football by storm with back-to-back Premier League triumphs and billed himself as ‘the special’.
His football was fast, his sideline and media presence was entertaining, and people quickly got up and took notice.
Mourinho left Chelsea in 2007 to take over for Inter Milan and later moved to Real Madrid; enjoys successful stints at both clubs and consolidates his position as a world-class tactician.
On his illustrious tour of Europe’s elite, Mourinho demonstrated an admirable ability to take the blame for a poor performance or result – taking the responsibility and pressure off of his players and keeping a closer eye on him.
When Mourinho arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2004, he took English football by storm
You either loved or hated him, but no one could deny his star quality at the helm of a great team.
This continued during his second arrival at Chelsea, when he led the club to a new Premier League title and League Cup in his first season back.
But the tide would start to turn in the 2015/16 season and Jose’s effortless charm would start to show cracks.
Amid a string of poor results and performances, Jose only started to blame his players as they took just 11 points from their first 12 Premier League games. A terrible start to a title defense.
Mourinho had signed a new four-year contract at the start of the campaign, but was out by December with nine defeats in 16 league matches.
His great asset from the previous season, Eden Hazard – who had won the Premier League Player of the Year award – started struggling under Jose’s regime and although he tried to change tactics to try out different positions, nothing worked.
After his departure, the club’s technical director Michael Emenalo spoke about ‘palpable disagreements with the players’ prior to his departure.
He told their own television channel: ‘There clearly seemed to be a palpable disagreement between manager and players and we think it was time to take action. The owner is forced to make a very difficult decision for the good of the club. ‘
Mourinho created ‘palpable disagreement with the players’ prior to his departure from his second stint
Mourinho had created a gap behind closed doors and damaged a great relationship between himself and Chelsea Football Club. And this has not been a one-off. This is a trend that he has shown and is still showing today with Tottenham.
After Chelsea, Manchester United emerged to sign Mourinho a three-year deal in their desperate pursuit of more silverware.
And the leaders of the Red Devils remained content with his first year in the lead, winning the EFL Cup and Europa League with players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba leading the way.
His second season turned patchy, and after falling out of the Champions League to Sevilla in the round of 16, he went on an extraordinary 12-minute tirade letting out reporters and quoting “ football heritage ” as to why he was still the best. right man for United and said how ‘happy’ he was despite the fans calling him names.
And he didn’t just create a gap with the fan base. His relationship with Paul Pogba became icy. Mourinho stripped Pogba of his vice-captaincy role at the club and a training video of the two having a tense exchange at Carrington appeared shortly after.
He also took a very public dig at left back Luke Shaw, claiming the defender was playing with his ‘own body but my brain’.
Jose Mourinho’s relationship with Paul Pogba turned icy at Manchester United
After a game with Everton, Jose said, “He had a good performance, but it was his body with my brain. He sat in front of me and I made every decision for him. ‘
The boss is said to be incredibly animated and constantly shouting instructions to Shaw from the sidelines and recently Shaw shared how hard it was under Mourinho.
“It was difficult because I couldn’t get my word across,” Shaw told the BBC this season.
“There were a lot of people behind me here, so I knew I had that support, but I just had to keep my head bowed and my mouth shut.”
He also dug out Luke Shaw, claiming he needed constant instructions from the sidelines
And if you say his second season was patchy, his third season was a disaster.
The first four months of the 2018/19 campaign turned out to be his last at Old Trafford, and he took off in a blaze of controversy and madness.
Mourinho demanded ‘respect’ from journalists as he rant: ‘I only won more Premier Leagues than the other 19 managers [in the league] together. ‘
“I am the manager of one of the greatest clubs in the world, but I am also one of the greatest managers in the world.”
Mourinho got a bust-up with a Chelsea coach after his side conceded an equalizing goal in the 96th minute
There was also a tunnel break with a Chelsea coach after his side got an equalizer in the 96th minute from Ross Barkley at Stamford Bridge.
Despite his team winning only seven of their first 19 games that season, Mourinho completely stole the headlines with moments of anger and madness and always spoke arrogantly about himself to the media. It was clear that he has lost the dressing room.
Mourinho was fired in December 2018 and the mystique he once possessed had evaporated into thin air.
So it really comes as no surprise that the same pattern is now playing out at Tottenham.
Mourinho has really started to show his short fuse and has caused obvious rifts within the squad.
His relationship with Real Madrid borrower Gareth Bale has left many behind. What was meant to be a delectable reunion for the Spurs believers and their former golden child has turned into a puzzling debate on social media and among experts.
Mourinho’s relationship with borrower Gareth Bale this season has raised concerns
Talented midfielder Dele Alli also got an incredibly cold shoulder from Jose after being defeated on the fringes of the squad. Harry Winks is another one who must be pushed aside by the boss.
More recently, he left the Spurs roster and staff were baffled by his comments about Toby Alderweireld, insisting he couldn’t play Newcastle because he wasn’t training, despite the club releasing footage of him three days before the match. the training field. .
The plates are there. Mourinho loses his players and the players lose faith in him.
A once formidable manager, who took pride in his team’s game management and ability to win trophies at almost any price, is now a very frustrated figure at another top club.
His days at Tottenham seem to be numbered, but are his days at the top also coming to a depressing end?