Having started the season off with flying colors, Spurs’ form has dropped significantly, taking just 12 points from their last 12 league games, leaving them ninth in the table and raise questions about Mourinho’s future.
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Athletic claim that although Mourinho “has not yet lost the entire dressing room, some members of the team are increasingly unhappy with his approach”.
Forwards are reportedly concerned that training focuses almost entirely on defense and doesn’t make mistakes, with some privately claiming to depend on the attack patterns learned under Mauricio Pochettino.
The players noticed that the atmosphere at the club was increasingly based on fear of what could go wrong as the next game approached, with Mourinho constantly demanding caution rather than the riskier football they were used to under Pochettino. .
The Portuguese manager’s method of developing game plans against each opponent has proven to be effective against Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal, but some players are said to be “bored and frustrated” by the time spent on a particular aspect of their defensive form. A Athletic According to a source, players are suffering from “tactical overload”.
“Everything has changed, even training is now so defensive,” a source from the locker room said. Athletic. “There is no plan to move the ball forward. The plan is to defend, to throw the ball at Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, and that’s it.