Jose Mourinho doesn’t blame Pochettino for Tottenham struggling

    New Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has given his assessment of the situation that preceded Maurizio Pochettino’s dismissal

    Spurs sacked the Argentinean tactician after five-years of service, appointing the former Chelsea and Manchester United manager as his heir on Tuesday evening.

    After enjoying a stellar 2018/18 season in both Europe and the Premier League, Pochettino’s men have started the new campaign off on the wrong foot.

    After the opening 12 rounds of the Premier League fixtures, the London giants sit 11 points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City, and the club felt it is the right time for a change.

    The Portuguese boss has explained what had gone wrong for Pochettino, even before he has been handed over the reins in north London.

    Mourinho believes some of the players should be taking the blame for Poch’s dismissal, insisting they have broken the chemistry in the dressing room, not the ex-boss.

    “Maybe this season they are not having that kind of chemistry that I felt that they had in the team. I don’t know if I’m right, of course,” he told Sky Sports in September, as now transcribed by the Daily Mirror.

    “I always felt that Spurs in the last years, of course, they were not buying or not buying a lot, but they were doing something that for me is even more important, which is to keep all the good players that they have.

    “Somehow, with Mauricio, with Mr [Daniel] Levy, with everything around the club, they persuade the players to stay and to stay happy. That was my feeling – perfect chemistry.

    “They managed to give some new contracts to Harry Kane and to other players, and they looked happy to belong to that project, to that club, to that dream.

    “Maybe now, the feeling that I have with what is happening with Eriksen, with Vertonghen at the end of last season, with Alderweireld, it looks like probably now, some of the boys are not so happy to stay.

    “They have their eyes in bigger pictures. Other players getting more money to them, other players winning titles. Look to Kyle Walker winning trophies. Looking at the possibility of playing for Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain.

    “Maybe at this moment, the team is not that focused family full of chemistry.

    “It looks to me like the relationship with Mauricio is fantastic – they are more than happy to work with him.

    “The club grew up, amazing stadium to play, Champions League again. But, maybe some of the boys they want something different.

    “Sometimes, even in the perfect group, it is only one that is not happy, is something that can create a situation where step by step they lose a little bit of focus.”

    Mourinho will direct his new team from the dugout for the first time on Saturday, as Tottenham travel to the Olympic Stadium to take on West Ham United.

    The ex-Real Madrid manager will look to guide Spurs to their first Premier League away triumph this term.

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