Two months ago Jose Mourinho used to be fielding questions over whether Tottenham can even end a 60-year wait to be topped English champions but a disastrous flee has set up his defensive trend wait on below the microscope.
Since beating Arsenal to drag top of the table in early December, Spurs bear obtained proper two of their 10 league games to stride the total trend down to eighth role – seven aspects adrift of the pinnacle four.
A 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on Thursday manner for the first time in Mourinho’s 20-year managerial profession he has misplaced wait on-to-wait on home league games.
The worn Chelsea, Accurate Madrid and Manchester United boss used to be dropped at Tottenham by chairman Daniel Levy to voice trophies after Mauricio Pochettino’s 5 years in fee ended without silverware no matter enormous development.
Pochettino helped turn out to be Tottenham from serial below-achievers to Champions League regulars no matter little transfer funds and being compelled to play shut to two beefy seasons at their non permanent home at Wembley.
Below his watch Spurs moved into their shimmering fresh £1 billion stadium.
However no matter the goodwill the Argentine had generated, he used to be sacked in November 2019, 5 months after reaching the membership’s first-ever Champions League last.
The axe fell after Pochettino had mustered proper 14 aspects from Tottenham’s first 12 games last season.
Over the last 12 games, Mourinho has managed proper 13 and for the first time since 2012, Spurs bear misplaced three consecutive Premier League games.
Cup success is what the Portuguese can even merely now favor to keep his job and salvage his first beefy season in fee at Spurs.
Tottenham face Manchester City within the League Cup last in April, aiming to total an agonising 13-year wait to lift shut a trophy.
Mourinho has additionally been desirous to level out he has obtained the Europa League in his two old seasons within the competitors, with Porto and Manchester United.
“I set up rigidity on myself every single day,” talked about the 58-year-aged. “I place now not want others to position rigidity on me. So, since 2012 without three defeats in a row. However since when and not using a title? Presumably I will give one.”
Then again, it’s now not proper outcomes but the nature of Tottenham’s decline that has some supporters already calling for his head.
Followers of a membership neatly-known for attacking football and flair gamers bear in fresh months been fed a diet of deep defending, with the hope of launching Harry Kane and Son Heung-min on the counter-assault.
“They’ve forgotten what to total after they earn the ball,” talked about Spurs gigantic Glenn Hoddle as Chelsea imposed themselves with ease on Thursday, proper over every week after the Blues made a managerial commerce, with Thomas Tuchel changing Frank Lampard.
Mourinho’s motive of that lack of aim threat is the loss of the prolific Kane to injury.
However even without the England captain he has an dear array of attacking capability to lift shut from in Son, Steven Bergwijn, Gareth Bale, Carlos Vinicius, Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela.
Bale used to be now not even given a minute off the bench on Thursday, with Mourinho making proper two adjustments as he chased an equaliser in opposition to Chelsea.
Mourinho’s inability to imprint why the Welshman’s second spell at Spurs has been this kind of disappointment to this level is quick changing into another stick with which to beat the manager.
“I’m doing my only, he’s doing his only, every person is doing their only,” used to be all Mourinho would yell when requested about Bale’s lack of minutes.
Because it stands, although, Mourinho’s only is now not only ample to fulfill the calls for of Tottenham followers.