19 Jul Kane, Tottenham beginning to take to Mourinho’s extra pragmatic, but efficient method
LONDON — Harry Kane would possibly find yourself scoring 200 objectives for Tottenham below Jose Mourinho, or perhaps 50 and even “186.” The Portuguese supervisor, who final month in a information convention rattled off the goalscoring statistics of all his former strikers, would possibly even write the incorrect numbers down once more! For now although, the England captain is as much as 13 for the reason that arrival of the “Particular One” after back-to-back braces towards Newcastle and Leicester, his 16 objectives in all competitions towards the Foxes probably the most he has scored towards any opponent. When he will get nice service like he he did in a 3-Zero win over Leicester, Kane has frequently proved he is without doubt one of the world’s finest.
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The 13 objectives, after lacking 15 video games between Jan. 2 and June 19, is a fairly good return, too. But, like the remainder of his teammates, Kane has needed to adapt to a brand new and really overseas philosophy below Mourinho. It took a couple of months, a couple of disappointing outcomes and clarifications. There was the hairdryer therapy after the 3-1 defeat to Sheffield United. There was the horrible sequence of 5 losses and a attract all competitions on the finish of February and starting of March. However Mourinho by no means misplaced his focus and his route.
The thought was to get this team to play a really pragmatic model of football. What the previous Chelsea boss needed was a resilient team, disciplined, organised and environment friendly in each containers. Removed from the Mauricio Pochettino philosophy, there can be no extra max depth or excessive urgent. Nonetheless, there can be a have to be good and fast in transition and to be clever in your motion off the ball. Towards Leicester, Spurs showcased as soon as once more how deadly they’ve turn out to be on the counter. That is how they scored all three of their objectives, with Kane concerned in every. He began the primary with an exquisite by ball for Son Heung-min early on and adopted that up with two excellent finishes within the house of three minutes simply earlier than half-time.
The Londoners fortunately left the ball to the Foxes (71 p.c possession) to punish them like they did Newcastle and Everton just lately. And there may have been extra, with Toby Alderweireld’s lengthy ball in direction of Son was one other instance of fast play ahead. The overwhelming message from the supervisor has been to not be involved with build-up play or taking dangers. The perfect instance on this present day may need been the unbelievable 50-yard, half-volley cross from Lucas Moura for Kane, proper after the break by which the striker went one-on-one with Wes Morgan and got here near finishing his hat trick. Moura’s and Son’s tempo is getting used so completely by Kane in the meanwhile, with the striker not solely scoring however typically dropping deeper to create house in behind for the pacy two wingers.
The position of Giovani Lo Celso, who’s been enjoying as a No. 10 behind Kane however truly does a little bit of every little thing, is essential too. The ever-busy Argentine, who can defend and function an additional defensive midfielder alongside Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks, additionally offers an choices between the strains. On Sunday, his common place on the pitch was near his two teammates.
We are actually beginning to see the Tottenham Jose Mourinho desires subsequent season, as Harry Kane defined after the sport. “It is a completely different model to Mauricio [Pochettino]. We’ve had loads of time to work on it throughout the break. It was onerous for him [Mourinho] to come back throughout the season to place his stamp on it, however now we have been in a position to do it within the final three video games. We caught them on the counter. We have been explosive once we obtained the ball again and we have been medical,” the striker mentioned.
That is the Tottenham that Mourinho will arrange subsequent season to do higher the sixth-place place they at the moment occupy within the desk. When he took over in November, they have been 11th and had misplaced their id. He has given them a brand new one. Whereas it’s not at all times pleasing to look at, it’s efficient. Because the disappointment at Sheffield, Spurs are actually unbeaten in 5 with 4 wins and one draw.
“The team is being a team. The gamers are understanding higher the rules of what we need to do. I feel it’s a good step. To come back midseason is at all times sophisticated, however I did not know it could be so sophisticated with a great deal of accidents, nevertheless it helped me to organize for subsequent season. And once we begin the preseason for subsequent season, we will probably be a step greater,” Mourinho mentioned after the sport.
With Sunday’s victory, Mourinho helps his two former golf equipment Chelsea and Manchester United of their quest for Champions League football subsequent season, all whereas pouring extra distress on Leicester and his former protege Brendan Rodgers. The Portuguese performed a giant position in Rodgers’ early profession, the Leicester boss spending time as a youth coach and later the reserve team supervisor below Mourinho at Chelsea between 2004-08. The 2 shared a beautiful embrace earlier than kickoff, however the reunion quickly become a nightmare for the coed and his males. Leicester performed nicely at occasions — they’d 24 photographs — however did not create sufficient high quality probabilities regardless of Hugo Lloris making six saves.
Leicester have now solely gained two of their previous eight Premier League matches and may see Chelsea safe third place on Wednesday with a win at Liverpool and Manchester United leapfrog them into fourth with even a draw towards West Ham on the identical day. The Foxes nonetheless may end within the high 4, courtesy of internet hosting the Pink Devils on the final day of the season, nevertheless it ought to by no means have gotten so far. Whereas they clearly overachieved for many of the first half of the season, the absences of James Maddison, Ben Chilwell and Ricardo Pereira have been an enormous drawback and coincided with the Foxes spectacular collapse. Rodgers has additionally made errors, like his choice to play a again three and begin the 36-year-old Morgan right here. His gamers would most likely have signed up for Europa League qualification at the beginning of the season however it should really feel like a disappointment if that’s the solely factor they get subsequent weekend.
In the meantime, Mourinho and Tottenham are trending up and already wanting ahead to aiming greater subsequent season.