José Mourinho would not like to talk about Harry Kane. The agony of losing his magic striker to a hamstring break until April was excessively crude. “In the event that I talk excessively, I get discouraged,” the Tottenham supervisor said. “And afterward you state I’m hopeless and feeling awful. It’s smarter to talk about things that make me giggle.”
Mourinho needed to show a picture of brilliant energy as he plunked down to see the visit of the Premier League’s runaway chiefs, Liverpool, in the Saturday’s lunch time kick-off. He was shaved and pleasantly coiffured, looking great. How was he feeling, one journalist inquired. “Astonishing,” he answered, blazing a full-shaft grin.
At a certain point, he hung an arm around his press official and said the overwhelming test of Liverpool didn’t stress him. “In this room, just two people feel that we can win however we accept,” he stated, before going to the press official who, at this point, was looking somewhat awkward. “In the event that you don’t accept, get out, man!”
So we should discuss the things that could make Mourinho grin. Since taking over from Mauricio Pochettino on 20 November, he has shut the hole on the best four from 11 focuses to six. Toby Alderweireld has marked another agreement – sparing the club a fortune on a potential substitution focus half. Furthermore, Dele Alli has rediscovered his structure. Mourinho pointed out that Hugo Lloris and Ben Davies would have returned from long haul wounds before the month’s over, which would resemble having “two new players”.
Be that as it may, Mourinho’s Happy One act was never going to keep going for the entire show and, similarly, he realized that he would talk about Kane, not least since his crowd would request it. What he said got the genuine state of mind at the club, one that has obscured altogether in the course of recent weeks and feels amazingly tense as the pecking order endeavors to explore the exchange window.
“We don’t have another – there isn’t a striker in the squad,” Mourinho said. “We have just one, he isn’t fit we don’t have another. You realize that you can’t play like we regularly play when Harry Kane isn’t in the group. The main thing I can let you know is that, obviously, we can’t do a similar way [as we do] with Harry.”
It is a surprising situation when a Champions League club has just a single senior striker and Mourinho was not going to oppose this idea. Pochettino normally went to the wide forward Son Heung-min when Kane was inaccessible however Mourinho is less alright with this course of action.
“He isn’t a striker,” Mourinho said of Son. “Danny Rose can play conservative. Be that as it may, he’s a left-back. It’s as basic as that. Davinson Sánchez can play striker tomorrow however he’s a focal protector. A striker, what I call a No 9, an objective man, Son isn’t.
“A few clubs have four and five [strikers]. On the off chance that the facts demonstrate that Inter Milan is purchasing [Olivier] Giroud [from Chelsea] … Giroud, [Romelu] Lukaku, Lautaro Martínez, Alexis Sánchez – a few groups, they have four. Bury is one model. I can discover more.”
For Mourinho, the issues have mounted, with Kane by all account not the only new long haul truant – Moussa Sissoko is likewise out until April after knee tendon medical procedure. The group have not played well since the 2-0 home thrashing against Chelsea on 22 December. Protectively, they have been free and blunder strewn, which is un-Mourinho-like; there have been issues with the parity of the midfield and insufficient entrance in the last third.
Mourinho has brought a more straightforward blueprint, it stays a work in progress and it was uncovering to hear Jan Vertonghen protest after the New Year’s Day rout at Southampton that they had utilized “long balls excessively fast”. The circumstance has not been helped by Mourinho’s absence of time on the preparation pitch, with this having been just his second clear week. “It has not been two months working with them, it is a couple of days,” Mourinho said. “Fundamentally, we don’t prepare. Obviously, I’m unsettled. I need to improve such a large number of things.”
The so called Humble One has veered towards a progressively settled change sense of self: the Complaining One, with different burrows at arbitrators, restriction mentors and players; even ball-young men and ball makers. There was a stacked remark when he supported his choice to play Kane in each moment of each match separated from the Champions League dead elastic at Bayern Munich.
“Offer him a reprieve to play who?” Mourinho inquired. “There have been no conditions to leave such a decent and significant and special player out. In the event that he played an excessive number of matches, [they] were the national-group friendlies.”
In what manner can Mourinho make better conditions for his squad? At the present time, it is hard to look past the enrollment of a player or two this month and, surely, the subject has the fanbase boiling with rage. The sense has been that the club can’t stand to revive in what is constantly a troublesome, pioneering market; the pieces to fit the more drawn out term confuse can appear to be tricky. Then again, can the club bear the cost of not to do as such?
Mourinho trod all the more cautiously with this one, swerving an inquiry regarding the Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek, an objective for the club. They likewise have an enthusiasm for Lyon’s Moussa Dembélé. As far as takeoffs, Kyle Walker-Peters might be advanced to Crystal Palace.
The director doubtlessly needs fortifications be that as it may, simultaneously, he thoroughly understood the absence of January spending when he acknowledged the activity. Is it safe to say that he was currently in a situation to step his feet in the workplace of Daniel Levy, the famously obstinate executive? Obviously not, notwithstanding the wounds.
“At the point when I showed up, the train was on the run and it’s not reasonable for me to offer remarks about what occurred previously,” Mourinho said. “I think I need to go with a greater number of eyes on the future than the remainder of the period and, particularly, eyes to the past.”
Mourinho sounded hazardously near proposing that anything from the rest of the period would be a reward yet what is obvious to him is that the circumstance is a long ways from his first attack into English football, when he had an open checkbook at Chelsea in 2004. He was asked what number of windows it would take to reboot Spurs and reacted by saying that it relied upon numerous things. Liverpool, for instance, expected to determine their goalkeeper issue and they did as such by purchasing Alisson, a player Mourinho knew was truly outstanding on the planet. So took just a single window.
“We need to do it in an alternate manner,” Mourinho proceeded. “Astonishing exchange windows, you need less time. Adjusted exchange windows, you need additional time. This is the profile [at Spurs]. For me, better late than never, so more exchange windows since we are not going ever to be the exchange window ruler.
“Obviously, it’s an alternate test and you should look to it likewise in an alternate manner. So you can say: ‘José, José, José, José’ – it’s consistently José, you know … ”
For Mourinho, this isn’t just about him. He needs individuals to see a more extensive picture.