Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Leicester City – Reaction
He’s always got an opinion, and everyone has an opinion on him, but love him or hate him, Jose Mourinho is putting his stamp on Tottenham Hotspur and it’s getting results.
We’ll never know how an already troublesome campaign would have panned out had Spurs gone down another avenue following Mauricio Pochettino’s departure. The Lilywhites already looked stale and need new direction, they needed a plan ‘B’ – enter the ‘Special One’.
Admittedly, it’s not always easy on the eye, but the ease and effectivity displayed in brushing aside top-four contenders, Leicester City – Tottenham’s fifth Premier League game without defeat – provided ample evidence that Spurs – who were fourteenth when Mourinho took charge – are well on the road to recovery.
“I think it was an intelligent performance,” the Spurs chief enthused after three first-half goals had knocked over the Foxes.
“I knew that for them to play with this back five is not a very comfortable situation. I want to be honest with Brendan. I don’t remember someone was so honest with me when I was playing without a striker, but I want to be honest with Brendan and it’s easy to analyse that to play without Ricardo Pereira, Soyuncu and Chilwell destroy a backline.
“So we decided to take away from them where they can hurt us, which is basically behind us. We took away from them our defensive depth by making our defensive block a little bit lower than we normally do.
Mourinho continued: “Then we gave the ball to them, to their back three because we wanted them to bring the ball and we wanted them to feel quite comfortable, leaving their comfort zone, which is where they are not playing many matches.
“Bennett and Morgan, we wanted to take them away from their comfort zone to try to explore the counter-attack and fast transitions. So when we scored three goals in the first half, I think the game is over.”
“Then it’s just about being compact and controlling the game, so I’m very happy because it’s a lot of pressure for us. For them too because they have had a phenomenal season and now they are fighting to keep the position that was their position for the whole season and we are fighting until we can and see in the end.”