Sometimes the media pisses me off.
Spurs hammered United 3-0 at Old Trafford but the papers are still writing about Mourinho’s sulking and moaning.
He says his boss Ed Woodward didn’t sign the two centrebacks he wanted. It’s all so tedious :
MOURINHO’S WORST START TO A SEASON
Jose calls for more respect
Flawed United lack belief and Mourinho is blind to his faults
The story should be: Look how well Pochettino is doing!
The media said Spurs didn’t buy anybody. But the club gave improved contracts to seven players who are in the squad and already know each other and know how hard Maurizio Pochettino trains and how he wants them to play.
It’s an ensemble game, so those relationships are very is important.
Myself, I never judge a manager by what he says, I look at how his team plays and how it improves. Or not.
This Spurs team are fun to watch and they score loads of goals and Pochettino has provided half the England team that finished fourth in the World Cup. We even won a penalty shoot-out.
On Monday night Mourinho tried to be clever, picked the wrong team, and got his arse kicked.
Then he walked round applauding the supporters who had stayed to the end.
Why does United losing still have to be a bigger story than Spurs winning?
United enjoyed the biggest success in their history when the club was run by Alex Ferguson and David Gill.
Their treble in 1999 will not be repeated by any British club.
But now they’re a club in transition.
The team is in decline, and their highest paid player, Alexis Sanchez, is not starting games, and their spoiled manager still thinks it’s all about him.
Why don’t sports editors give more space to managers who are doing a fine job and winning games in style?
Pochettino never bitches about his limited budget. He makes his squad bigger by using kids, by finding talent at reasonable prices.
He quietly improves individuals, develops squads, evolves teams – and Poch always says it’s about them, not him.
He navigated the departure of Kyle Walker to Manchester City and replaced him with Kieran Trippier, whose accurate passes, crosses and free-kicks have become as valuable to Gareth Southgate and England as they are to Pochettino and Tottenham.
He signed Dele Alli for £5 million from Milton Keynes.
And when Lucas Moura takes United apart at Old Trafford, scoring two goals, what is the first thing Pochettino does? He thanks his South American scouts, who talked him into taking a player he was not sure about.
He shares, he motivates, he improves, he rewards – and he never complains!
Pochettino often tweaks his team, as he did on Monday night, where he had Lucas Moura playing in the Dele Alli position. The Brazilian is not as a big as Dele, or as aggressive, but he has a delicate touch that makes the Spurs attack smoother.
That Old Trafford performance showed us a different footballer to the one we saw last season. He won’t score in every game but he’ll be a valuable asset in the coming months.
The Premier League managers who know all; about Kane, Eriksen and Son now know about Lucas Moura, another star in an evolving squad.
It was Ossie Ardiles who said football is 90% confidence and this guy is a far better player than the clumsy Sissoko because he can fit in sweetly with Eriksen, Kane and Alli, with Dembele and Trippier. A skilful footballer makes those around him look good.
Watford v Spurs is on Sunday at that could be a harder game than they had at Old Trafford.
What about Arsenal?
Well , its hard for the Arsenal team to get form where they are now to where Sprs are now. It will take a while.