In mid-November, Tottenham from Jose Mourinho he was running as a serious candidate for the Premier League title.
A single point behind then-leader Leicester (Manchester City had not yet burst onto the scene), Spurs were heading for a spectacular second season, something already common in teams led by the Portuguese coach.
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Four months later, the ‘The Special One’ effect wore off.
The London team is in sixth place in the table with 14-7-9 and 49 points, three below a West Ham that, for now, clings to that last Champions League ticket. Chelsea, who have raised their level with Tuchel, are in fifth place.
Somewhat disappointing, if you ask his fans directly, taking into account that the club invested a lot in signings such as full-back Sergio Reguilón and the return -on loan- of the prodigal son, Gareth Bale.
Facing a new chapter against Manchester United, the Portuguese’s 49 points are the lowest number of units for a Portuguese team in a second tournament, according to ESPN Stats & Information.Mourinho has had six league losses with Tottenham since January. Goran Stanzl / Pixsell / MB Media / Getty Images
Mourinho’s second seasons since 2003 (30 days):
* Won the league every season with the exceptions of Spurs and Man United.
Likewise, from matchdays 19 to 38, this is their fewest goals in the second half of the season so far. His lowest was actually last season with the Spurs (30 points in his last 19 games).
Mourinho’s Tottenham have at least hope of a title this season when, at the end of the month, they face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup Final.
The Spurs were eliminated in the Europa League in the round of 16 by Dinamo Zagreb and lost in the fifth round of the FA Cup to Everton.
Definitely a second atypical tournament for a Mourinho team compared to what he did with his previous teams.
With Porto he won (Champions and league), with Chelsea (cup and league), with Inter (triplet) and with Madrid the famous ‘league of records’.
Tottenham have conceded 32 goals this season, fewer than United and Leicester, who are in second and third place respectively. He records 1.06 goals conceded per game, the third best ERA in the league. Therefore, it is not a bad defense, but rather that the Portuguese philosophy has failed to captivate his pupils. Especially in key game moments and situations.
For example, in their last match against Newcastle, they allowed the match to be tied 2-2 at 87 ‘. In fact, at the end of that match, Mourinho was asked why his team no longer ‘held’ an advantage, when that has always been one of his strengths as a coach. His answer: “same coach, different players”.
Jose Mourinho did not hold back 😳 pic.twitter.com/CJBjvZqpdi
— Champions League on CBS Sports (@UCLonCBSSports) April 4, 2021
So are the players to blame? You judge, but Harry Kane leads the EPL in goals (19) and assists (13), helping Tottenham have more targets (51) than West Ham (48) and Chelsea (46).
While it is true that Mourinho has 25 titles as a coach in his resume, football continues to evolve and the Portuguese, statistically, regressing.
Self-proclaimed ‘Happy One’, Mourinho seems determined to see beyond the blemishes. However, success is about getting what you set out to do. And a second blank campaign for the Portuguese could spell his end in London … Again.