Tottenham stars have Mauricio Pochettino complaints over Jose Mourinho amid sack pressure
Members of Tottenham’s first-team squad have a series of complaints about manager Jose Mourinho, believing his training methods to be too heavily focused on their opposition, lacking in attacking instruction and also not intense enough all compared to life under predecessor Mauricio Pochettino.
Mourinho is facing increasing pressure over his future at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with Spurs in miserable form in the Premier League.
Having previously been tipped as a title contender in December, Spurs now find themselves battling to play European football next season.
The north London club sit ninth in the league and nine points off of fourth-placed West Ham albeit having played one game less.
But Spurs have lost five of their last six top-flight games to slide down the table, going down 2-1 to the Hammers at the London Stadium at the weekend. They have picked up just 12 points from their last 12 league games.
And amid growing calls for Mourinho to be axed by chairman Daniel Levy, The Athletic say a section of the Spurs dressing room are fed up of the manager’s methods in training.
The Portuguese said at the weekend: “Sometimes results are a consequence of multiple suggestions. Mine, and my coaching staff’s methods, are second to nobody in the world.”
But some of his players disagree and believe training is too defensively focused and centres heavily on how the opposition will play, rather than focusing on their own strengths.
The Athletic say multiple dressing room sources have indicated that some players – though not the entire squad – are increasingly unhappy about Mourinho’s approach.
The former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United tactician has had 15 months in charge since replacing Pochettino.
And players are said to now be looking fondly towards the days under the Argentine, now at Paris Saint-Germain, despite their struggles in the final months of his tenure.
To execute his demanding style, Pochettino implemented double sessions at times and while it was not popular then, some Spurs players now feel they are not worked hard enough in training.
In addition, some senior figures in Spurs’ squad feel that they do not work on attacking patterns and ideas in training enough, with it claimed they even rely on techniques learned under Pochettino when in matches.
RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann is thought to be Tottenham’s top target if they do part ways with Mourinho in the near future, while Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers is also admired.
Spurs will have to pay out around £30m if Levy decides enough is enough with the current boss due to clauses in his contract.
The Londoners return to action against Wolfsberger in the Europa League on Thursday but already have one foot in the last 16 after a 4-1 first leg win.
After that, Spurs take on Burnley at home in the Premier League on Sunday before facing relegation-battling Fulham the following Thursday.