Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has made six big changes to the previous blueprint employed by the last managerial dispensation under Mauricio Pochettino. Argentine tactician Pochettino guided Tottenham Hotspur to an unlikely Champions League final appearance last summer before his team lost 2-0 to fellow Premier League team Liverpool. He was then sacked five months later after a poor start to the campaign last season and was replaced by a more experienced and successful manager in Jose Mourinho.
Since his appointment, Jose Mourinho has been making big changes to the team according to journalist Rob Guest and that the former Chelsea, FC Porto and Inter Milan manager has been able to transform the North London club in the space of one year. With Mourinho in charge, it’s looking like it’s going to be a good season with the club just one point off leaders Leicester City on the Premier League standings.
Spurs are in second position on the table with 17 points from the first eight league matches of the season, while the Premier League pacesetters are on 18 points. Defending champions Liverpool are also on 17 points like Spurs but they have inferior goal differenceand are in third position as a result.
In addition, Tottenham are in the Capital One Cup quarterfinals with a meeting with Championship club Stoke City on the horizon for a place in the semi-finals of the competition. They are also on course to qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League.
According to Rob Guest, Jose Mourinho has made the following changes to the team he inherited from Pochettino:
- The ‘too nice’ tag
- Leaky defence
- The holding role dilemma
- Lack of creativity and
- Attacking fullbacks
Mourinho has been able to transform Spurs into a strong top four contender and some believe they could even win the Premier League title ahead of the top two favourites, Liverpool and Manchester City.