West Ham beat Tottenham 2-1 at the London Stadium yesterday. Michail Antonio admitted that he was surprised by the manner in which Jose Mourinho sent his team out to start the match, when speaking to the club’s official website.
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Spurs boss Mourinho is under real pressure. If the powers that be in north London see Antonio’s comments, perhaps they could be the final nail in the Portuguese’s coffin.
Jose keeps telling everyone how he is one of the most progressive, forward-thinking coaches on the planet. It’s not not ringing true at the moment, however.
The Hammers earned a hard-fought three points. We are now sitting pretty in fourth spot in the Premier League table, nine points and five places above Tottenham.
In fairness to Spurs, they dominated the final 30 minutes of the game.
A common theme for Tottenham this season, however, has been how slow and defensive they have started games.
One man is to blame for that – Jose Mourinho. The former Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United manager has forged a reputation as one of the best managers in the world over the past 17 years or so.
Unfortunately for him, however, the magic seems to be wearing off.
With the amount of attacking talent that Jose has at his disposal, setting up so defensively and with such a slow tempo is almost indefensible.
Jose Mourinho approaching the end at Tottenham?
The only thing that makes it acceptable is winning games consistently. And Spurs quite simply haven’t done that this season.
Michail Antonio spoke to WHUFC.com and shared his surprise at the manner in which Tottenham approached the game yesterday:
“You expect teams managed by Mourinho to come out raring to go, but they started slowly today.”
The way Tottenham started the game enabled West Ham to get a foothold in the contest.
That quite simply isn’t good enough for a club like Spurs and a manager like Mourinho.
Perhaps Antonio’s comments will make Daniel Levy and Joe Lewis think even harder about Jose’s future at the club.