Infamous for his fiery temper and run-ins with players and opposing managers alike, Jose Mourinho is one of the most storied managers in world football. Boasting a knack for tactical brilliance and a win at all cost mentality, Mourinho has proven time and time again that he is in fact the man for the job.
Now in charge of Tottenham Hotspur, Mourinho has once again brought life to a team in desperate need of a real spark. Players are thriving under his rule and the team is shooting its way back up the Premier League. Still, people are questioning the chaos that comes with the brilliance that is, Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho’s previous stint as manager of Manchester United was an audacious attempt to steer the club back to its former glory. Although criticized for his time at United, Mourinho was able to achieve feats that he himself considers to be some of the greatest of his illustrious career.
After an underwhelming but unsurprising 6th place finish to his first year in charge, United secured both the Europa League and the English League Cup. Not a bad season by any means.
The Portuguese boss was then able to elevate Manchester United to a 2nd place finish the following year, despite being denied the money required to tighten up his defense and perfect his tactical model. Achieving 2nd place again in the near future would be a dream come true for a struggling Manchester United.
Mourinho works off of a solid, rigid defensive model, that allows for creativity and freedom in attack. This is sometimes referred to as counterattacking football, and what he’s better known for, parking the bus.
The Special One is famed for his thorough scouting reports and having his team trained in various tactical models that allow them to adopt the relevant formation and strategy for any given game or situation.
‘The Special One’ nickname was bestowed upon Mourinho for a reason: He’s a winner.
Beginning his career at Portuguese giants Benfica, Mourinho proceeded to win the UEFA Champions League with Porto in 2004, a feat that pundits still to this day believe may never be achieved again by a team outside of Europe’s top 8.
After arriving at Chelsea the following year, the South Londoners won England’s top flight for the time in over 50 years. They then won the domestic treble the following season.
He then moved to Inter Milan where he won back-to-back Serie A titles and lead an impeccably built team to his 2nd UEFA Champions League trophy in just his 2nd year in charge.
Mourinho moved to Real Madrid in 2010 where he won both La Liga and the Copa Del Rey once later returning to Chelsea to recapture the English Premier League title before his tumultuous stint at Old Trafford.
Falling-outs with the United board over the acquisition of a world-class center-back eventually lead to Mourinho parting ways with the club and fans left wondering what could have been.
A trend of success seems to be the theme of Mourinho’s managerial career. Currently, in North London, Dele Alli has returned to form, and Son Heung-min, before his injury, broadcast his abilities as one of the world’s best as Tottenham chased the top 4 in inspiring form.
Now with serious injuries plaguing the club’s top players in Son Heung-min and Harry Kane, Mourinho’s prowess will really be put to the test.
If Tottenham can secure the top 4 or even improve as a top 4 team for the 2020/21 season, then it is safe to say that Jose Mourinho has yet to fail. An exciting future for Spurs fans.