The Tottenham players have become bored and frustrated with Jose Mourinho’s methods after spending HOURS defending THROW-INS before facing Liverpool, with some of the stars hankering for Mauricio Pochettino’s way of working.
- Tottenham has a terrible run of just 12 points from 12 Premier League games
- The North London side has lost six of their last seven domestic encounters
- Sprint stars believe that they are not being worked hard enough under Jose Mourinho
- They want double session returns from Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure
Tottenham Hotspur players are reportedly bored by Jose Mourinho’s training methods and longing for the return of his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino’s sessions.
Spurs are doing a terrible job, taking just 12 points from their last 12 Premier League games, while being beaten in six of their last seven domestic games.
The 2-1 defeat in the weekend’s London derby at West Ham saw Mourinho defend his methods as ‘second to none in the world’, but it now seems that not much of his squad is on board.
Jose Mourinho’s training and tactical methods have reportedly frustrated the Tottenham players
According to the AthleticMourinho’s ways have split the dressing room with an increasing number of players unhappy with the way he works.
The former Manchester United and Chelsea manager, who took over from Pochettino in November 2019, has drastically changed the approach taken by his predecessor by easing the workload to the point where players wish them to work harder.
Pochettino would demand double sessions and fewer days off, which proved unpopular at the time, but garnered small rewards by securing four consecutive top four finishes, as well as a run to the Champions League final.
However, those same methods would likely be inappropriate in the Covid-19-run season, where Tottenham played more games on a tight schedule than any of the teams in the top five leagues – 40 since September.
Some want a return to the double sessions and rare days under Mauricio Pochettino
But the report claims Spurs focuses too much on trying to perfect their defensive play and not making mistakes, which leads many players to become ‘bored and frustrated’, citing hours spent defending throws prior to a meeting. with Liverpool or finding success. with offensive crosses against West Ham.
With so much focus on these types of areas, the feeling is that the attacking players depend on moves and finishes they learned under Pochettino because of the small detailed attack work on the training field.
An athletic source told them, ‘Everything has changed, even training is now so defensive. There is no plan to move the ball forward. The plan is to defend, shoot the ball to Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, and that’s it. ‘
The clear demands of the Spurs squad are surprising given the collapse of Tottenham’s form during Pochettino’s last 11 months with the club.
Despite their flight to the Champions League final, in which they survived many fears along the way, their domestic form took a nosedive and prior to Mourinho’s arrival in November, they had not won a Premier League game outdoors since January of that year.
Players had also admitted that the Argentinian’s methods had become flawed, with even midfielder Moussa Sissoko publicly admitting that the diamond formation the team played proved to be very unpopular with a team under severe physical fatigue.
Spurs are in a sorry domestic form and lost 2-1 at West Ham United in the top flight on Sunday
After Spurs ‘record European home loss against Bayern Munich when they lost 7-2, the Frenchman said:’ We get physically tired too quickly when we play with a diamond midfield. ‘
Towards the end of Pochettino’s tenure, his team was working to create opportunities against a deep defense, a situation that Mourinho now finds himself in with Spurs.
It seemed that the Portuguese Spurs had turned back into a major force earlier in the season with tactical masterclass counter-attack victories to beat Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United, where they won 6-1.
It seems his methods are still supported by key players like Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg over the summer, but the club’s form has diminished dramatically since he topped the table in December.
After the last defeat at the London Stadium, Mourinho seems to have shifted the blame from himself, insisting, ‘(there are) problems in the team that I cannot solve as a coach alone.’
Mourinho’s position is bolstered by his £ 15m-a-year contract, which would put Spurs on a massive severance package, but even if form doesn’t improve, the look of his successor seems already underway, with RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann. a reported target.