Even if Mourinho guides Spurs to a Carabao Cup final victory over Manchester City later this month, the north London club must not overlook the Portuguese’s team’s decline. Tottenham’s loss to Manchester United on Sunday highlighted how far they are from where they want to be.
With a Jose Mourinho band, you already knew what you’d get. Although the methods he used to achieve success at Porto, Chelsea, Inter, and Real Madrid differed slightly, the ideals that guided him at each club were the same.
By recruiting Mourinho in November 2019, Tottenham Hotspur acquired a copy of the textbook, but it has since become clear that the north London club is reading from ancient scripture. Daniel Levy was looking for a coach to take Spurs to new heights. Instead, he got a guy from yesterday who was always stuck in the past.
Although Spurs were able to become a Mourinho team in order to gain more meaningful success in the form of silverware, the Portuguese manager no longer knows how to put together a Mourinho squad. All of the skills and character characteristics that made the 58-year-old European footballer the go-to guy for instant success, as well as the hallmarks of the teams he used to create, are long gone.