Tottenham Hotspur misplaced at West Ham at this time, their fifth loss of their final six matches. Since the beginning of the brand new 12 months they’ve taken simply seven factors from 24 obtainable, placing them solidly midtable and nearly assuring that their solely path to the Champions League subsequent season is through successful the Europa League.
Afterwards, Spurs supervisor Jose Mourinho made much more information for all of the improper causes, casting blame for the poor run of outcomes on his gamers and standing by his teaching strategies whilst Spurs slide farther and farther down the desk.
Here’s what he stated to the BBC simply after the match on the sidelines that brought on such a kerfluffle.

“I really feel that we aren’t within the place in relation to our potential. Even if I believe for a protracted, very long time that we’ve got issues within the staff that I can’t resolve on my own as a coach.
“Our potential is greater than the place we’re so in fact there’s frustration. We must be in a greater place.”

Sounds unhealthy at first blush, proper? That certain feels like he’s not solely throwing his staff below the bus, however backing over them a couple of occasions to verify.
But hey — if you wish to take a beneficiant learn on these quotes, and for the sake of argument let’s achieve this, you may squint and cock your head to say that what Mourinho was making an attempt to get throughout is that the staff wasn’t reaching its potential even with some personnel deficiencies, but additionally he hasn’t maximized the expertise that he does have at his disposal. It’s in-artfully stated, however he’s additionally not a local English speaker. So possibly in a bizarre method he’s taking some duty for the outcomes below his management
But then, within the press convention in entrance of the assembled media he stated this when requested about his personal strategies:

What provides you a lot perception [in your methods] in the mean time, allowing for the run of outcomes?
“Because generally the outcomes are the consequence of a number of conditions in soccer and mine and my teaching workers’s strategies are second to no one on this planet.”

LOL by no means thoughts. That circles proper again round to him throwing his gamers below the bus. Why ought to he take duty, when his gamers simply clearly aren’t ok to do what he’s asking?
Now, if we’re going to proceed to be beneficiant to Mourinho and we’ve gone this far so certain why not, he’s not fully improper. Tottenham have been affected by particular person errors on this run of unhealthy kind, errors which have had some fairly disastrous outcomes. He’s additionally not totally improper in that a number of the gamers he has at his disposal is probably not ok for what he needs to perform with this Spurs staff. That’s not a completely loopy factor to assume, particularly since Spurs appear to be nonetheless recovering from the “painful rebuild” that by no means was throughout the whole 12 months with no participant purchases. Tottenham fairly desperately need assistance, particularly in protection! It’s an space of concern, with out query.
But to publicly communicate to the media and say so whereas on the identical time defending the identical drained ways and strategies which have resulted in Mourinho getting fired from his previous three jobs is at this level is simply willful ignorance and the peak of hubris. Throwing your gamers below the bus is not going to do something to in some way inspire those self same gamers to magically flip issues round. And I’m not the one one who thinks so.

This does nothing however try and serve his personal picture on the expense of the gamers. Putting himself earlier than the membership.Have some respect for your self Spurs followers.— NathanAClark (@NathanAClark) February 21, 2021

Moreover, it’s curious that a number of the identical gamers who’re at present having scorn heaped upon them for his or her performances — Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier chief amongst them however even Toby Alderweireld hasn’t escaped criticism this season — have been principally thought-about strong defenders on the rise below Mauricio Pochettino. In reality, you may extrapolate out and be aware that the whole staff has appeared much less like an organized unit and extra like a set of particular person gamers who’re informed to “exit and make magic occur.” When that group breaks down, that places extra stress and strain upon the protection, and any errors which can be made turn into magnified.
Good gamers not often simply turn into unhealthy gamers unexpectedly. It can occur, but it surely’s uncommon. Weird that it retains taking place to Jose at his final couple of jobs, isn’t it? The modified variable on this case is Mourinho himself.
I’m uninterested in yelling about Jose Mourinho. I want I didn’t should do it so incessantly. People are in flip going to yell at me within the feedback for this and fairly probably say I’m being unfair and biased in opposition to a supervisor that I admittedly by no means wished to start with. But anybody who thinks conditions like this — criticizing gamers when outcomes don’t go proper, abdicating private duty — is exclusive to this season hasn’t been paying a lot consideration to Jose Mourinho’s profession. This identical factor has occurred many times and once more.
When Mourinho was employed, he explicitly stated that he was pleased with the squad at his disposal, that it was a wonderful group of gamers that below his steerage had the potential to win the Premier League. He was employed because the grasp supervisor who can maximize this proficient group and get them to the place they’ll win issues, instantly. Fifteen months later, he’s once more feuding with gamers, throwing his staff below the bus and saying “hey, my strategies are nice, it’s these schmucks who’re underperforming.” And if that’s true, then why did Mourinho take the job to start with, and why are we paying this grasp tactician £15m a 12 months once we may’ve employed actually anybody else to begin a brand new 5 12 months undertaking and rebuild the squad below vastly completely different expectations?
By all accounts Mourinho goes to have till the tip of the present Premier League marketing campaign to salvage one thing from what has become an absolute practice wreck of a season. He has the Europa League and the Carabao Cup last in April as the very best alternatives to win silverware. Maybe he can do it. I actually, legitimately hope he can and I’ll be rooting for him to take action. But he’s certain not making it simple.