Jose Mourinho Must Prove He’s Still an Elite Manager Against Foe Guardiola
- Mourinho’s Tottenham workforce face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Sunday.
- This was once a managerial rival of equals, however Guardiola has zoomed forward lately.
- Mourinho’s strategies look outdated however that is his probability to remain related.
A way of optimism has returned to the white-and-navy-blue half of north London in latest days. The Christian Eriksen saga is over. Spurs have signed Giovani Lo Celso on a everlasting deal. They have additionally added proficient ahead Steven Bergwijn to the ranks. Now it’s as much as Jose Mourinho to maintain the positivity going.
That is not going to be simple. Tottenham face Manchester City on Sunday. Pep Guardiola’s aspect possibly 19 factors adrift of Premier League leaders Liverpool. But they’re comfortably the second-best workforce within the division. And they’ve misplaced solely considered one of their final eight top-flight encounters.
There’s greater than three factors at stake for Mourinho this weekend. Against his outdated foe Guardiola, the Portuguese should present he’s nonetheless an elite supervisor.
A rivalry of equals
Mourinho was on Barcelona’s shortlist after they had been searching for a brand new supervisor in 2008. He delivered an spectacular PowerPoint presentation [The Telegraph] detailing his plans for the membership . He had received the Champions League with Porto and two Premier League titles with Chelsea within the earlier 4 years. By most measures, Mourinho was the excellent candidate.
He didn’t get the job. Barcelona as a substitute selected a coach with no expertise of top-flight soccer: Guardiola. It proved to be a masterstroke. The former Barcelona midfielder received three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues over the following 4 years.
Mourinho will get left behind
The fashionable recreation has have left Mourinho behind. His ways are out of step with nearly all of elite managers in Europe as we speak.
The Portuguese is a pragmatist. He tends in direction of warning and favours a powerful defence over an expansive assault. That strategy used to work. But he has not received the league in 5 years, or the Champions League in 10.
A shot at redemption
Tottenham are 17 factors behind Manchester City after 24 video games. It’s a certainty they received’t end above Guardiola’s workforce this season. Mourinho will probably be targeted on closing the six-point hole between Spurs and fourth-placed Chelsea. Qualifying for the Champions League is his aspect’s principal goal.
A loss to City wouldn’t be deadly to their possibilities of a top-four end. But Mourinho desperately wants an announcement victory. His Tottenham workforce have misplaced to Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Liverpool. In the largest matches, Mourinho has come up brief.
That is an issue. Modern-day gamers will be fast to lose religion in a coach. If Mourinho’s strategies don’t bear fruit in opposition to the strongest opponents, the Tottenham squad will quickly start to doubt him.
Beating Manchester City on Sunday would hand Mourinho a significant increase. A heavy defeat would underline how far he has fallen.
This article was edited by Samburaj Das.
Last modified: February 1, 2020 10:17 AM UTC