Breakups are never easy. I remember when I got dumped by my girlfriend, it was one of the saddest days of my life, I was 10. She found a new boyfriend the next week, the guy happened to be my best friend. I got over it, but I’ve been wishing death on that prick ever since (you’ll be glad to know he is still alive, according to Facebook). Tottenham did the same thing my girl did to me when they parted ways with their manager of five years Mauricio Pochettino. But, instead of waiting a week, they waited around 12 hours to show off their new lover: Jose Mourinho
In fairness, Tottenham stank over the past 12 months. Spurs had won just six of their 24 Premier League matches this calendar year. It was time for Poch to go. Manchester United legend and now talking head on Sky Sports described the Tottenham and Jose Mourinho union as a “marriage of convenience” saying, “Mourinho needed to get back into the Premier League to re-establish himself. Levy needed someone who could get the football club quickly back up to a level that is acceptable and into the Champions League. This is a marriage of convenience.”
Whatever the reason for the appointment, Jose has work to do. Spurs are 10th in the league, 2nd in their Champions League group, and have an FA Cup to play for. What ought to be judged as a good first season for Jose Mourinho?
Spurs are 10th in the league and got their first away win in 10 months in Jose Mourinho’s first game in charge last weekend. Mourinho has a wealth of talent in his Tottenham team. Harry Kane the ‘Goal-scoring Machine’, Lucas the ‘Brilliant Brazilian’, and Heung-min Son the ‘Skillful Leg-breaker’. With 15 games to go Spurs have more than enough time to make into the top four. It will not be easy though. Chelsea and Leicester City are currently occupying the spots that are realistically attainable and they have been superb this season so far.
Success: Top 4 finish
Spurs have recovered from their embarrassing 2-7 loss to Bayern Munich in October. They have won their last two games against group weaklings Crvena Zvezda and Olympiacos.
They will most likely make it through to the next round but they will be pitted against a team that has won their respective group. These are usually the Juventus’, Barcelona’s, PSG’s of this world. Even though they made it to the final of the Champions League last season, I don’t see how anyone would think that this Tottenham team, right now, would do the same. If they get a favorable draw in the last-16 and get a team like RB Leipzig, they may have an opportunity to make some noise in the quarters.
Success: An honorable second-round loss against one of Europe’s elite
Historically Tottenham isn’t a club that wins trophies. This comes as a surprise because they have been a good Premier League side since Jermain Defoe left. Jose Mourinho will endear himself to Spurs faithful if he can win the FA Cup. This is a cup that he should take serious.
Success: FA cup trophy