The accelerated spread of the epidemic has pressed the pause button for football matches around the world. Players and fans without the ball to watch are suffering from the loss of the source of happiness. However, things always have two sides. This period of difficult lockout may feel idle for most people, but for players and teams who need to recover from injuries and rebuild from a downturn, it is a rare respite.
Tottenham Hotspur may be such a typical "beneficiary". The suspension of the tournament gave them valuable time to recover from injuries, and the team was able to meet the sprint at the end of the season with a stronger lineup (if the league can be restored). However, can Tottenham be able to regroup after getting out of the injury wave? Can Mourinho lead the team to turn the tide?
How serious were Tottenham’s injuries before the Premier League’s suspension? The team's first team has up to 6 injured people, and the lack of people is no less than that of Barcelona, which has not made up the 18-man roster. In the long list of injuries, Mourinho regrets the two killers of Kane and Sun Xingmin.
Not long after "Magic Bird" entered White Hart Lane, the team's ace Harry Kane strained his thigh muscles against Southampton in early January. Since then, Sun Xingmin has supported the Tottenham striker, playing the key role many times and helping the team escape from danger. Unfortunately, less than 1 minute after the opening game against Villa, the King of Korea collided with Konsa and broke his arm. Sun Xingmin persisted in playing the full court after the fracture and dedicated his lore at 93 minutes and 34 seconds, showing his heroic qualities.
After the 1-1 draw with Burnley, the helpless Uncle Bird even used the leader Liverpool as an example: "Imagine what it would be like if Mane and Salah were injured for four months. Don't forget us The discussion is about the best team in the Premier League."
Fortunately, this epidemic gave Mourinho a rare respite. Kane, who is troubled by a hamstring injury, can already resume training, and his comeback is just around the corner; Sun Xingmin has also ended isolation and return training and is expected to come back soon; midfielder Sissoko will also fully recover and he will be dispatched by Mourinho at any time.
If the league can be restarted, Tottenham will compete with Manchester United, Sheffield United, Everton, Arsenal and other direct opponents. For the "Magic Bird", the return of strong support may not ensure that the team will return to the top four, but The morale and confidence of the generals is undoubtedly a huge improvement.
The suspension of the league has bought precious time for the wounded to recover, which is naturally what Tottenham fans like to see. However, can the cloud over Bailu Lane disappear with the end of the epidemic? Can Mourinho really lead the team to regroup?
Judging from the team's problems and Mourinho's performance, no one is very optimistic.
Tottenham has made great progress in the hands of former coach Pochettino. Not only did their record improve steadily, they also played more aggressively, their offense was more enjoyable, and they stood on the stage of the Champions League final last season. However, after Mourinho took over, the team's outlook has changed significantly. A technical midfielder like Eriksson is not to be seen, defensive counterattack has become the dominant idea of the team, the game was cut to pieces, and an unbearable incident of Loscelso's malicious trampling to escape punishment occurred.
As Sun Xingmin said: "We must adapt to new things, even though this is completely different from what we are used to and advocated in the past five years."
Due to the short coaching time, it is understandable that the offense has not been smoothly adjusted. Even the defense that was once proud of Mourinho has not given the team much improvement. After 26 rounds of the Premier League, Tottenham had only three zero seals, and Mourinho is still trying new formations and starting candidates after half a season of debugging.
In fact, the decline in the skill of training defense has already appeared during Mourinho's coaching of the Red Devils. In his third season of coaching the Red Devils, Manchester United's conceded goals have risen sharply. According to OPTA statistics, in the last 21 away games of coaching Tottenham and Manchester United, Mourinho's team only completed one zero cover. Such data obviously cannot match the title of "Magic Bird".
Of course, Mourinho also has "sufficient" reasons to justify himself. For example, the three goalkeepers under his team have suffered injuries and mistakes in succession, which makes people lament that even luck is not on their side; for example, the lineup in his hand is obviously crippled, and many of them have passed their peak period.
But an unavoidable phenomenon is that the anxious Mourinho has already fired on the players. After losing to Chelsea, Leipzig and Norwich, Mourinho publicly denounced Ndombele as an "invisible man" and put the midfielder on the bench.
Such public criticism not only failed to serve as a warning and incentive, but would seriously damage the team's morale and affect the team's internal unity. After that, the team lost to Leipzig 0-3 in the Champions League and was eliminated.
In the UEFA Champions League knockout round in 2014, Chelsea lost 1-3 at home to Atletico Madrid in the second phase of the Mozambique. After the game, Mourinho pointed the finger at Hazard and blamed the Belgian for taking a short run at a critical moment. "As a player, Aiden is not mentally prepared, he has not followed the opposing defender at the critical moment."
The negative effects of publicly criticizing the team's big names began to appear later, and Mourinho's third season at the Blue Bridge became difficult until he was finally fired.
The relationship between Mourinho and the big names of the team seems to have become a "tradition." Pogba, who coached the Red Devils, and Casillas, who was in the hands of Real Madrid, all accelerated the disintegration of Mourinho and the team and contributed to the "Mu San One of the factors of the "year" spell.
Whether "Magic Bird" will stay in Tottenham until the third season is unknown, but the curse of "Mu Sanyue" has a tendency to slip to "Mu Sanyue". Since joining Tottenham, the team's record has not improved, but has been repeatedly humiliated. The two-round defeat of Leipzig in the Champions League has become a new injury.
You know, the last time Mourinho won in the Champions League knockouts was 6 years ago. Pushing forward, it has been ten years since Mourinho won the Champions League last time-in the 2010 Champions League final he led Inter Milan to the Bernabeu defeating Bayern to the top.
The "magic bird" who once led Porto to create miracles and climbed to the top of Inter Milan is no longer magical. It seems that Mourinho is going downhill after he retires from the coach of Real Madrid. After helping Inter Milan reach the top of Europe ten years ago, Mourinho became the third coach in history to lead two different teams to win the Champions League.
On the night of the cup, the spirited "madman" made a bold statement: "I want to be the only coach who has led three different clubs to win the Champions League." Looking at this goal now, what he has to do is to bring Tottenham into the Champions League next season.
The severe epidemic situation forced the league to be suspended, giving the Tottenham team a precious opportunity to recuperate. However, Mourinho still has a long way to go to lead the team to regroup. To rebuild his style of play, revive morale, and rebuild prestige, the "madman" needs more time and money to reproduce the "magic bird". "Brilliant.