April 18, 2021

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Next Level Game Over

EPL news 2021, Jose Mourinho, Tottenham, Spurs, Harry Kane, transfer news, gossip, rumours, sacking, results, UK view

You wouldn’t believe it judging by the developing crisis around Tottenham and Jose Mourinho, but...


You wouldn’t believe it judging by the developing crisis around Tottenham and Jose Mourinho, but Spurs are only three points off a Champions League spot and one game away from ending their 13-year trophy drought.

Victory over Aston Villa on the weekend saw Spurs leapfrog Liverpool move into sixth place in the table, just three points behind Mourinho’s former club Chelsea, who are currently occupying that all-important fourth place.

They also face quadruple-chasing Manchester City in the League Cup final at the end of April at Wembley as Mourinho looks to deliver on his promise inside his first full season in north London.

Yet, the knives are out for Mourinho as a mutiny appears to be forming inside the Spurs dressing room, after the former Manchester United boss backed up claims from captain Hugo Lloris over “selfish” stars.

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Spurs bounce back against Aston Villa | 01:30

He said: “The selfishness is around, the individual interests are around, the agents are around, the connections between agents and press are around.

“And instead of developing a feeling of a team, empathy, ‘I do for you, you do for me’, ‘I win if I play 90 minutes, I win if I am in the stands’.

“This is something that you need time to develop in a group.”

But the media is turning on Mourinho again as it appears he is on the brink of developing another toxic atmosphere at a club – usually one of the first telling signs that the end of his reign is near.

The 3-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb to overturn Spurs’ 2-0 advantage and knock them out of the Europa League has caused many journalists to question what is next for Mourinho and Spurs.

Kieran Jackson of the Daily Mail wrote: “Patience seems to be waring thin among the Tottenham fanbase – Jose Mourinho is now on thin ice. Last week’s Europa League exit to Dinamo Zagreb – from a two-goal advantage in the first-leg – was nothing short of a disaster.

“Now even a surprise win against Man City in the Carabao Cup final next month might not save Mourinho. They’re still in the hunt for a top-four spot, but it does seem as if their best route to Europe’s flagship competition has passed them by.

“Mourinho could see his job slip away just as fast, depending on results in April.”

The Guardian’s Paul Doyle wrote that Mourinho now seems more “pathetic” than in the past and that he is in a “bad place” as his players revolt against his tactics.

He wrote: “Mourinho has never been a manager who it has been easy to pity, not even when presenting himself as the victim of chicanery by referees, directors, journalists, opponents, football associations or an international humanitarian agency. But going into the game at Villa Park there had been something pathetic about him, and not just because he declared himself to be “more than sad” at his team’s performance in Zagreb. There he seemed angry at his players’ refusal to carry out orders but also almost resigned to his own impotence, like a weatherman shaking his fist weakly at clouds for bringing rain after he forecast sunshine.

“It made one wonder which is worse for a manager: to have players who cannot do what he wants, players who do not listen to him or players who listen to him so that they can do the precise opposite to what he wants? In any of those scenarios, the manager knows he is in a bad place.”

Jose’s emotional post-match interview | 02:28

The issue of Harry Kane’s future is rearing its head once again as he prepares to turn 28 with nothing to show for his career so far in terms of medals and trophies, instead left just chasing goal records in order to justify his abilities.

But Dave Hytner of the Guardian believes Kane’s lack off talking off the pitch is more telling than anything else currently happening at Spurs and perhaps that he feels he cannot trust himself not to answer honestly when presented with questions about Mourinho.

“It has been impossible to ignore the suspicion that Kane has kept a low profile because he does not want to be put on the spot, to face questions he might struggle to answer honestly,” he wrote.

“Or, more precisely, a particular question. It is the one that has tracked him in recent seasons but now presses with greater urgency and discomfort. With his 28th birthday coming up in July, does he think he has to leave Spurs to fulfil his ambitions?”

Elsewhere, talkSPORT’s Anton Stanley is calling for wholesale changes, suggesting both Mourinho and Kane should be shown the door and a massive overhaul must begin.

“Mourinho can only blame his players for their insipid and backs-to-the-wall displays so often. He’s the manager, if he can’t stop them doing it then he’s not worth the money he’s raking in,” he wrote. “He’s made strange tactical choices, failing to adjust mid-game to issues caused by opponents, and while some players seem to be quickly cast aside, others remain in favour despite poor matches.”

Mourinho will do all he can to fight another disappoint sacking, following bitter ends at Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United, and Spurs will be reluctant due to the reported $54m (£30m) payout they would subsequently owe him.

And yet still, the signs are already there.



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