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PremierLeague-News.Com - Here we take a look back at what Jose Mourinho said in his first press conference as Tottenham head coach and whether he's meeting his targets
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The pressure continues to mount on Jose Mourinho's shoulders after Tottenham missed a huge opportunity to move into the top four at the weekend. While they ultimately would have only been in the Champions League places for just over 24 hours had they won following West Ham's victory at Wolves on Monday evening, the late 2-2 draw away at Newcastle could prove crucial to their aspirations come the end of the season. Looking good for a top-four finish in December as they were challenging at the top of the league, 2021 has not been a good year for the club so far as they have tumbled down the league table. Spurs are currently three points off fourth with eight games remaining but their form is going to have to improve drastically between now and the end of the campaign if they are to secure Champions League football for next year. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Already coming in for plenty of criticism from fans following their recent results, the calls for Daniel Levy to make another managerial change and part with the 58-year-old will only grow louder if they do not meet the targets they set out before the 2020/21 season kicked off. While the season can still be a success with a Carabao Cup final against Man City to come later this month, Mourinho is not exactly flavour of the month with some supporters due to a number of factors. Many see the team's brand of football as extremely negative despite boasting some quality players, while some of his post-match comments, coupled with bad results, haven't exactly gone down well recently. So what exactly did he say in his first press conference as Tottenham boss in November 2019 and is he meeting the targets he set out? football.london takes a look back at what he said after being appointed. Read More Related Articles Tottenham's core of 7 players who will take club forward next season including one young star Read More Related Articles Main target signs, Pochettino favourite out - Tottenham's new midfield after Levy transfer magic Mourinho on if he will make big changes What he said "I don’t want to make big changes. I want to respect the base and the base is the work they did for five and a half years. "It’s not the work they did for two days. The work we did for two days we hope that is a plus. We hope that is an update. Not a change. The base is what they did before. This is not about me. "This is not about me coming here and saying everything was wrong with Mauricio [Pochettino], not at all. Not at all. I just come to try to understand why in the last year the results in the Premier League were not good and to try to understand how I can help them to reach again a good level because, as I was saying, the players are very good and I am not here to make dramatic changes. Jose Mourinho was all smiles in his first press conference as Tottenham head coach in November 2019 (Image: Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images) "I am just here to follow the process and get across my ideas in a progressive way: don’t lose that stability, don’t create the confusion in their brains. In football you have to express yourself, you cannot be confused. So I am going to be very, very careful in relation to that." Reality Tottenham look far off Mauricio Pochettino's side that wowed fans in his time at the club as they challenged at the top end of the league. Making huge strides in the Premier League and also in Europe, the Argentine ultimately couldn't lead his side to any silverware and their poor form over the course of 2019 led to his sacking in November of that year. Winning all the big trophies in the past, one of the major changes Mourinho looked to make at Tottenham was to alter the mentality of his players as he looked to transform them from nice guys into winners. The head coach wants all his players pulling in the same direction and fighting for one another, yet that wasn't evident in the recent defeats against Arsenal and Dinamo Zagreb. Read More Related Articles The huge claim Eric Dier made about Giovani Lo Celso to his Tottenham teammate Read More Related Articles The three men at Tottenham Hotspur who will help decide Jose Mourinho's fate In the past he has been criticised as divisions became apparent in the clubs he's worked at and the same appears to be happening at Tottenham this season, with a number of the squad finding themselves out of the picture for long periods. The vast majority of Pochettino's squad still remains in N17 minus Jan Vertonghen, who joined Benfica on a free transfer in the summer, but Mourinho has had to make changes there to help his side get to the next level. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Sergio Reguilon have been good signings this season, as has Joe Hart, who has added experience and leadership to the squad, with Joe Rodon seen as one for the future. Carlos Vinicius has done his job after hitting ten goals for the Lilywhites in all competitions, while Matt Doherty and Gareth Bale have yet to find their top form on a consistent basis since their summer moves. Mourinho soon found out he needed to make changes to his Tottenham squad, notably in terms of their mentality, upon his arrival in the capital but it appears that he has plenty more to do if he is to get his team competing for major honours years after year. Jose Mourinho wasn't happy following Tottenham's 2-2 draw at Newcastle (Image: Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images) Mourinho on Tottenham's style of play under him What he said "Very similar to before. That's what I keep saying. Very similar to before. "Of course I am going to try to add some details and sometimes details that can make the difference and progressively we will arrive to a fingerprint but the style of play has to be always adapted not just to the club culture but especially to the players' qualities. "And that's the way it is so these are the players, they have the qualities, adapted to a certain way of playing football and that's the way I want to do it." Read More Related Articles Two Tanguy Ndombele moments proves Jose Mourinho must consider Tottenham change Read More Related Articles Jose Mourinho's Toby Alderweireld treatment a strange but common theme at Tottenham this season Reality Pochettino's Tottenham team were very easy on the eye with their attractive brand of football that saw them challenge for the Premier League title two years on the trot. Given how good the football was to watch under the Argentine during his five-and-a-half years in the job before his departure, many didn't want Mourinho to replace him as the style of football he plays is rather different to his predecessor and perceived by some fans and pundits as negative. While fans may put up with it if results are going their way and it leads to trophies and success, they will not put up with it if the results aren't there.
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Tottenham were at their free-flowing best against Manchester United in October
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However, their 3-3 draw against West Ham after the convincing win at Old Trafford brought about quite a big change in terms of their football. Three goals to the good after 16 minutes and on course for another three points, Spurs conceded three in the final eight minutes as the Hammers came away with an unlikely point. Since then there has been much more focus on the team's defence and remaining solid rather than going out and mounting attack after attack from the very first whistle. Tottenham's current style of play isn't similar to before and it was never going to be exactly the same, but they can get there if Mourinho releases the handbrake once again and lets his exciting attackers loose on the opposition. Mourinho on if Spurs could win the title in 2020/21 What he said "We cannot win the Premier League this season [2019/20]. We can – I’m not saying we will do – we can win it next season."
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Reality Rewind the clock back to just before Christmas and Spurs were top of the pile after a very good start to the season. However, their late defeat at Liverpool was followed by a home loss against Leicester City and results soon started to change. Another defeat against Jurgen Klopp's men in January started a run of five defeats from six league games to leave them facing a huge battle to secure a top-four finish never mind contesting for the title. Tottenham are now a whopping 25 points off leaders Man City and that lead could be extended even further in the remaining league fixtures given the current form of both sides. Mourinho on working with Tottenham's players and the club's talented youngsters What he said "It’s one of the reasons I came. Everything started with Mr Levy’s vision for the club which he shared with me in a very, very specific way.
Dane Scarlett has been a regular in Tottenham first-team training this season
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"That impressed me. But I wanted a club with a good level of players and a good level of the team. We have a very good squad with good young players coming. "I don’t know in detail but it’s an academy that normally produces good talents. As I always say there is not one manager in the world who doesn’t like to play, and to help young players to develop. "The problem is some of them get players to bring through and some don’t. I was lucky to have Scott McTominay as a kid, Rafael Varane as a kid, [Mario] Balotelli as a kid. "I was lucky to have talents in the majority of the clubs where I’ve been. So if Tottenham is a great academy that produces great players it’s also something nice." Reality One thing you cannot deny about Mourinho during his time at Tottenham is that he has given the club's talented academy players a chance.
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Last season he handed Troy Parrott and Japhet Tanganga their Premier League debuts, with the latter getting a really good run in the team at the start of 2020. This year their participation in the Europa League has allowed him to dish out even more debuts as the likes of Alfie Whiteman, Harvey White, Marcel Lavinier, Jack Clarke and Nile John have all featured in Europe. Dane Scarlett was also given his bow in the Europa League and Mourinho has already claimed that the highly-rated striker, who made his Premier League debut off the bench in February, will be with the first team on a permanent basis next season. Alfie Devine has also been in Premier League squads this season after capping his first Tottenham appearance with a goal in the FA Cup tie away at Marine in January. Mourinho may have come in for plenty of criticism in the past about bringing youngsters through but he has definitely done this at Tottenham and the club could be set to benefit for years to come.
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