Saturday’s stalemate against Burnley means that Jose Mourinho’s side have failed to win a game in any competition for almost a month.
He would make this team play predictable but practical football. That was the unwritten memo Tottenham Hotspur fans got when their club’s higher-ups decided to replace the extremely innovative Mauricio Pochettino with an about-to-be outdated Jose Mourinho in the middle of November.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United manager had learned his lessons from his failed spell at the Old Trafford stadium, we were told. A ten-month period out of management had taught the Portuguese the lessons which he hadn’t learned from a nearly two-decade-long experience, was the mantra.
There was also an unspoken expectation that after being unable to land a ‘top’ job since his latest sacking, he might have grown mild. That his appearances on the television as a pundit, in which he was all smiling, should convince everyone that ‘The Special One’ had changed.
Except that a leopard never changes its spots. Less than five months into his new job, the Portuguese has already thrown his players under the bus and blamed the board for his team’s poor form. Worse, the 3rd season syndrome, in which everything falls apart under and for Mourinho, has come two seasons’ early for Spurs.