Jose Mourinho made his return to the Premier League for the third time in his career on Saturday (23rd November) a few days after being appointed Tottenham manager but is he the manager that Spurs are looking for?
Although Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham had not got off to the best of the starts this season, with the North London side sitting in 14th place in the Premier League on his departure, it still came to a shock to most fans after their Champions League campaign last year which saw them face Liverpool in the final.
Just 12 hours after the sudden sacking of the Argentinian, Spurs had already appointed a new manager, “The Special One” Jose Mourinho.
Some Spurs fans are shocked and disappointed with this appointment, however could this be the answer Tottenham are looking for to save their abysmal season campaign?
If you look at the statistics, you can see that in his first five games in charge when he arrived in the Premier League in 2004, Mourinho didn’t lose a single one.
However, after his sacking and eventual return to Chelsea in 2013, the Portuguese’s form did seem to drop a bit. Had his tactics been found out? Did the big teams already know how to play against him?
By the looks of more recent statistics, studying his first five games in charge of Manchester United, the answer to that would be no, as he only lost one game.
However, the silver fox didn’t last very long there either, after being shown the door just two and a half seasons into his role.
In his first press conference for Tottenham, Mourinho said that he has “changed” and he is no longer “focussing on himself.”
Maybe, this could mean that Tottenham could go all the way with the ex-Chelsea and Manchester United manager.
His first game in charge of Tottenham got off to a good but not easy start, with the Lilywhites coming away with their first away win in 11 months after a 3-2 win against West Ham.
Super Spurs fan Paul Briffett, 20, who is a student at De Montfort University said: “I am quite excited for the Mourinho era. He has got us off to a good start and it will be interesting to see how he does in his first game at home and in the Champions League.”
Mourinho will hope to add to his winning streak tonight (Tues,NOV26) against Olympiacos in the Champions League, which is being shown on BT Sport at 8pm.