The humble one began his tenure as Spurs’ head coach with an away win at West Ham – Spurs first Premier League win on their travels for almost a year.
Jose Mourinho kept to his new image with these words post-match : "It’s not about me; it’s about the players and club. I will hate if somebody says ‘Jose made an impact.’ I made no impact. Nothing. I just helped them a little bit to win this match.“
Truth be told. Mourinho selected a team that echoed the best days of Pochettino’s Spurs. A 4-2-3-1 formation that crucially played Dele Alli behind Harry Kane in a number ten role. For 70s minutes at least, Spurs played the Hammers off the park, with a deserved commanding three goal lead.
By all accounts, Mourinho’s humble words rang true, the new coach did nothing radical. However, the difference in the players’ confidence and attitude was marked and in contrast to recent league form.
Noticeably, there was a whole lot of vim and zest about Dele Alli’s performance as he linked play brilliantly in Spurs’ offence. And while it is true that West Ham’s defending was shambolic, the home team had no answer for the cut and thrust of Spurs’ play.
Son Heung-Min, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane all profited from Alli’s Man of the Match performance with a three goal lead established early in the 2nd half. However, the fact that Spurs faded badly in the last 10 minutes will be a cause of concern (not to mention the concession of two goals) for Mourinho but there is time for him to fix that.
There is no doubt that this much-needed win bore the thumbprint of the best of Pochettino’s management, there is no doubt that despite his protestations to the contrary Jose Mourinho did indeed make an impact.
COME ON YOU SPURS!!!