Premier League: Decoding Jose Mourinho's tactics at Spurs
Jose Mourinho got off to a winning start at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday in gameweek 13 of the Premier League. The Portuguese was appointed Spurs boss a few days earlier. That was after the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino, who spent more than five years at the club. Here we decode what will be his tactics at Spurs.
Spurs rode on first-half goals from Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura to gain a comfortable lead. A third from Harry Kane four minutes after half-time gave Spurs their first Premier League away win since January 20, However, West Ham rallied on late to get two goals at the death. Michail Antonio and Angelo Ogbonna were the goal-scorers for the Hammers.
Mourinho was pleased with his side's positioning and dynamism in terms of the possession after the match. Expect his side to be aware in terms of positioning as time progresses. It isn't just about what the team will do with the ball. The focus in a Mourinho team is always about being aware without the ball. That's a tactic he will use here.
Mourinho is a master of strategies and doesn't hinge on philosophies. One could see Spurs not building from the back against teams that like to press a lot. The team is also set to play a lot of long balls when sides close down well. Mourinho analyzes the opponents well and changes his tactics as per what could be more realistic and effective.
Spurs are a quality side and Mourinho will want to thrive in terms of attack. He is likely to be more sound with a 4-2-3-1 formation given on the resources. He can also opt for the 3-5-2 in certain matches. Mourinho likes the factor of having a side who can make few mistakes as possible. A lot depends on the defensive foundations.