It’s been a whirlwind for Spurs fans since the international break ended. We’ve said goodbye to our greatest manager in the Premier League era, welcomed in the serial winner Jose Mourinho, and saw our boys notch three important wins on the bounce.
Say what you will about Poch, but he will go down as the manager that took us from mid table to the Champions league final in just 5 years time. Meanwhile challenging for two league titles in the process. He was magic, but that magic always seemed to run out during the final act.
Now there is a new face in the Spurs dugout. A face that any football fan knows all too well. The special one. Jose.
Daniel Levy pulled a rabbit out of his yet again by enticing the Portuguese manager to Tottenham. Although, if his recent interviews reveal anything, it seemed Jose was just as interested in Spurs as we were in Jose.
In his first official Spurs press conference he said:
“Now I only have one shirt and only one passion and only one thing in my mind, which is my club, and that is Spurs.”
Now that we are three games in with Jose at the wheel, what all have we learned about Tottenham’s future under the new manager?
- Eric Dier is going nowhere.
The defensive midfielder was lost under the final years of Poch’s reign. Lack of form, injury problems and behind the scenes mischief all lead to the England international falling out of favor. However, Jose loves a tank-like midfielder in front of his defense and that is exactly what Dier can provide. He still looks miles off his best, but in a few weeks time we may see the return to form that he deserves.
2. Dele is the key.
From day one in charge of Spurs, Jose has made it clear that he rates Dele very highly. That confidence may stem from the many times he saw Dele score against Jose’s Chelsea teams in particular. Either way, after just three games, the 23 year old looks back to his very best after scoring three and assisting another in back-to-back-to-back man of the match performances. Dele’s free role will give him the license to make those patented runs from deep that causes defenses so much trouble.
3. Jose breeds confidence.
This squad looks rejuvenated, simple as that. With every “big game” loss under Poch, the squad seemed to take a step back in their belief that they belong in cup finals against Europe’s best. Although he did get them to Madrid last year, that was a make-it or break-it game for Pochball at Tottenham. Unfortunately for him, it broke. But now, if we do make it back to that big game or cup final this year, the players will have a renewed sense of belief under Jose that may just finally get them that trophy that we have so desperately hoped for.
What have you learned from the first week under Jose Mourinho’s tenure?
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