Now months into his reign, it’s fair to say that José Mourinho finds himself in something of a hole at Tottenham.
After a strong start, results have tailed off drastically, with Spurs slipping in the race for the top four and being comfortably knocked out of the Champions League by RB Leipzig.
The wolves are very much at Mourinho’s door, with his detractors lining up to state, boldly, that he is no longer the Special One and provide their evidence by the truckload.
AS are no different after last night’s defeat, with a piece titled ‘Mourinho is no longer special’ today after the defeat to Leipzig.
They explain that his ‘fetish competition’, the Champions League, where Mourinho ‘made the leap to fame’ seems to have ‘turned it’s back on him’.
The Tottenham boss is no longer the ‘infallible strategist’ who grew up in the playoffs of the competition but is now a manager who has now suffered three consecutive eliminations at the last 16 stage.
The defeat to Leipzig is described as a ‘disaster’, and Mourinho has ‘lost the infallible halo’ that he once had.
This defeat was his sixth in a row, the worst of his career, and also means that his last success remains the European Super Cup in 2017. He’s not made it past the last 16 in his last three attempts; suffering ‘surprise’ defeats to Sevilla and Leipzig in that time.
That’s a ‘very poor record’ according to AS, who believe he should have done better considering he was manager Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham.
They believe that Mourinho and Tottenham are almost at the point where they are relying on Manchester City to be banned from the Champions League if they are to compete in it next year, which says it all about the current situation at Tottenham.