- Sep 18, 2014
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- Man United, San Antonio Spurs
I think it's a combination of both. Jose definitely looks more refreshed and motivated than he did in the final months at United. He's got that swagger back, indicated by the Mourinho-isms that are becoming more and more prevalent when speaking to the press. The stuff about being a pony and his quote when asked about possession after the City game. It looks like he took the accusations of being 'finished' personally and he's determined to prove people wrong. Mourinho has always thrived when he's been in that mindset.I'm wondering if it is a case of Mourinho having that 'magic' back about him, as you say. Or whether it's just that the Tottenham players are more receptive to it?
Tottenham have been the runner up and the under dog for so long that I think it's as simple as their players recognising that Mourinho is a winner and that if they follow him, he might be able to break that cycle of disappointment. I feel like at a "smaller" club Jose is really benefiting from not having to manage the massive ego's that he's had to content with at the likes of United, Chelsea & Madrid in recent years.
Much depends on who we sign at CB in Jan. I doubt any team has ever won a title with both their first choice CBs out for 75% + of the season. Defence wins titles. One maybe but definitely not both and especially not if the remaining CB is made of glass.
It's gonna be an interesting game because you would think Klopp will be well aware of Spurs ability to counter and that's what they will look for against us so I'm sure Klopp will have some plan in mind to stop that. But we do hunt in packs and one good pass can sometimes undo the press and suddenly opposition teams are in 3 v 3 situations etc... in the past, it's gravy, VVD is back there, he sorts it. But not this season.Our defense since Sanchez has been dropped has 4 clean sheets in a row. Before that we had kept 2 in 12 months. Toby-Dier combination is much better suited to the low defensive line we are playing. Toby looked cooked whenever players ran in behind him so this suits him much more and he is almost looking back to his best from 3-4 years ago.
Big test will be how we adapt our tactics against the smaller sides who won't keep the ball for 60% of the game. Like WBA where we got very lucky. Can't afford to undo the hard work from getting 7 out of 9 in the past 3 and by dropping points against Palace this week. Will also be very interesting to see our counter attacking style against Liverpool's front 3 in a few weeks. And then Leicester who don't tend to dominate possession. Arsenal fell right into the trap just like Pep has in our last 2 games, sides won't be so stupid going forward.