“Sometimes the results are the consequence of multiple situations in football and mine and my coaching staff's methods are second to nobody in the world.”
Despite Tottenham losing five out of the last six Premier League games, Jose Mourinho has refused to let go of his trademark confidence.
While his reputation continues to suffer with laboured performances and deteriorating results, the Portuguese still hangs on to his reputation as the ‘Special One’.
But the special shine has almost been dulled beyond repair, with his struggles in north London just the latest chapter in a managerial legacy that has taken a hit.
Reports claim that for now, he retains the support of chairman Daniel Levy – after all, it was his decision to dispense with the services of wildly popular coach Mauricio Pochettino, in favour of ‘proven winner’ Mourinho.
But over a year into his spell, there are whispers emerging that the problem that surrounded him at both Chelsea and Manchester United has followed him.
A report in the Athletic claims that the fundamental differences between Mourinho and his predecessor’s training sessions are leaving players increasingly frustrated.
Pochettino, who has since taken over at Paris Saint-Germain, was always focused on a positive, dominant style of play, that looked to take advantage of his players’ strengths.
Mourinho in contrast, has always tended to tailor sessions around the strengths of his opponents.
Recent examples included spending hours working on how to combat Liverpool’s throw-in routines, or sessions completely centred around neutralising West ham’s threat from set pieces.
A dressing room source said players were left baffled methods, with the risk of ‘tactical overload’ becoming more apparent with every week.
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It’s suggested that certain members of Mourinho’s playing staff are becoming bored and frustrated with the negative approach to training, while concerns over a lack of intensity have also been raised.
Under Pochettino, the Spurs stars would regularly be given gruelling double-session, something that while everyone didn’t agree with, did help them adapt to his high-pressing system.
With Mourinho however, there are more days off and when players are in, some feel they are not being worked hard enough.
He will never admit it, but there are now assertions that the ‘Special One’ has become the 'Outdated One', shaking that tag could be his most impressive feat yet.
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