“YOU’RE NOT SPECIAL ANYMORE!”
That was the chant from the unforgiving Chelsea away fans toward Jose Mourinho as they witnessed their team beat their former favourite son’s Spurs 2-0 on Sunday.
Those fans weren’t wrong either. Mourinho was tactically outwitted by young Chelsea manager Frank Lampard who surprised Spurs by playing a back three when they had deployed a back four all season. It was a calculated and brave move by Lampard and Mourinho didn’t know how to handle it. Sure he made a change at halftime, but by then his team was already 2-0 down. His adjustment came too late.
Yep bravery is not something that is familiar to Mourinho of late. He prefers the more conservative approach … “Park the bus!”. Mourinho fans will be quick to point out that since he has taken over Spurs they have been scoring freely. That’s true … against Burnley, Bournemouth and West Ham.
His record against so-called top six teams?
0 from 2, scoring 1 goal in the process (vs Manchester United lost 2-1, vs Chelsea lost 2-0). On Sunday, Spurs took on a Chelsea team that had lost 4 of their last 5 EPL games and were battling for confidence. It should have been a relatively routine victory for someone of Mourinho’s caliber. It was anything but.
Back in the booth, former legends and football pundits, Michael Owen and Glenn Hoddle, were scathing of Mourinho’s inept performance. Once again Mourinho blamed the officials for his side’s defeat, attempting to deflect attention away from his side’s dismal showing. Both Owen and Hoddle said that, if anything, Mourinho contributed to his team’s downfall by waiting so long to adjust to Chelsea’s tactics when it was obvious in the first 5 minutes that something was wrong.
Spurs have a couple of benign fixtures coming up against Brighton, Norwich and Southampton. Those should give the Mourinho fan club a chance to rejuvenate themselves and sing his praises from the rooftops.
January 11 brings the visit of Liverpool and Feb 2 the visit of Man City. The parking bay for the big Mourinho bus is being lined up as we speak.
Jose … “you’re not special anymore!”