West Ham 2-3 Tottenham: Jose Mourinho is ‘back where he belongs’
It has been a long 11 months for Jose Mourinho.
December 2018 sacked from Manchester United on 18, Mourinho has not exactly vanished from public life.
There were a variety of those appearances that are persuasive, a sponsorship commitments and interviews on Sky Sports’ football protection.
Only today , back in management and able to reflect on a satisfying 3-2 win for his new team Tottenham at a possibly tricky London derby in West Ham, can Mourinho acknowledge he sometimes wondered during the moment:”What am I doing ?”
He’s never felt like that at the area. Not even if it went wrong at United or, previously, at Chelsea when responses was elusive.
Life was just nice again for its Portuguese After Son Heung-min had scored the initial goal of the Tottenham reign of Mourinho to place his team in their way to a success in the London Stadium which was much more cozy than the ultimate scoreline indicates.
“I was back where I belong,” he explained. “That is my natural habitat.
“Was I extra emotional? No. Was I nervous ahead of the match? No. But I love it.
“To confess, the most troublesome moments for me personally in this 11 months has been that the portion of the summer when, for the very first timeI didn’t have a pre-season. I looked at other supervisors and nightclubs doing matters. It was a weird feeling.”
This Mourinho made his remarks in a packed room full of soccer journalists.
Today’s game would have been a reasonably big deal anyhow given the local competition but, in fact, without Mourinho it might have been supporting Manchester City’s meeting with Chelsea and, possibly, Liverpool’s triumph at Crystal Palace since the must-see event of this weekend.
Tottenham restricted media to a representative each organisation once Mourinho was unveiled by them in their training ground on Thursday and still had to turn down more than 50 requests for entrance.
The London Stadium played host to 380 football journalists. The guy on the gate who has been round the block a couple of times and distributes the passes, said it had been unprecedented.
This may or might not be true. But, beyond doubt, Mourinho is box office. He might state, since he did again on Saturday, it’s”not about him”. However, it seems to wind up being all about him.
Regardless of how the connection between supervisor and team works outside, Tottenham will get to the end of Mourinho’s time in charge with a profile that is larger than they have.
Given that chairman Daniel Levy is searching for a naming sponsor for their magnificent new arena, and is trying to bridge a commercial gap that still exists between Spurs and the different members of England’s’big six’, several astute members of the football fraternity are speculating that Mourinho’s box office appeal might be a significant reason behind Levy’s latest managerial appointment.
So tepid were West Ham for the first 70 minutes of the game, it’s impossible to draw some conclusions that are noteworthy from Mourinho’s first game in charge.
There were not any substitutions since Tottenham were .
Before Son scored the opener, it was intriguing to see Mourinho prompt him into nudging a few strides backwards to close the gap between him along with full-back Ben Davies, that had been telling him.
When Tottenham got their moment, Mourinho first cried to his left who were celebrating – then, when he got no reply, to Toby Alderweireld 40 yards away to his right, to provide an instruction.
“I want to do my things and I’ve started doing my things,” he said later having a glint in his eye. “I expect that you [the media] do not know it very well and you don’t speak about it a good deal.
“However, the positional play is different and incredibly adapted to the gamers.”
A combination of Mourinho’s managerial history along with the hand gestures that he was using because he delivered a mini lecture to Davies indicates emphasis was being put on making doubly sure opponents loitering in hazardous positions were adequately watched and the ball was played quickly on the counter.
The interesting stuff, especially about Harry Kane, who isn’t a ram striker in the mould of Didier Drogba or even Romelu Lukaku, for can be assessed over time.
The impressions of Mourinho at Tottenham were favourable as had been the case in United.
He said since it meant the players were happy, it was very important to listen to music pumping in the dressing room following the West Ham game. The decision was down to the players,” he said – he was stunned to hear them playing 1980s tunes on 26, though it’s understood. Mourinho stated there had to be an alteration, so Dele Alli has taken more than DJ.
It will take some time for the stain of the last few weeks to be removed and a few stereotypes will never disappear. The West Ham lift operator joked before kick-off:”When I’ve finished doing so I will park Jose’s bus.”
There were not any music in the honor of the new manager in the Tottenham support. However there were not any for Mauricio Pochettino.
Despite the fact that there is enormous disappointment to observe that the Argentine depart, if are any guide, there is also recognition that the situation could not be abandoned as it was forever since performances and results were not good enough.
Mourinho has been made in to change the dynamic. He must do so knowing lots of his team felt a special bond since he is no longer about with Pochettino, which will not be erased.
Mourinho looked satisfied.
Because he hit the air in front of 20, his celebration at Tottenham’s opener signaled an element of aid. When a crate of bottles smashed into the ground following a late Marouane Fellaini goal at Old Trafford but there was not one of this anger out of the night of his last but one victory for a manager.
After staying for the last whistle – something that he did not do in Manchester – Mourinho and Alli shook the hand of Manuel Pellegrini, turned calmly, adopted and hugged his backroom team.
No histrionics, no controversy. A man.