Mourinho needs to find defensive strength for Spurs [DailyTimes] 28 Jan, 2020

Two months into his Tottenham Hotspur managerial reign, and Jose Mourinho is already having to fend off rumours of unhappiness within his squad.While the north London club have climbed up to sixth spot in the EPL – level on points with fifth-placed Man United but six adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea – they have yet to embark on extended winning runs.More worryingly, Mourinho’s famous defensive nous has not rubbed off on his new team yet, as they have kept a clean sheet in only two out of the 12 league matches the Portuguese manager has been in charge of. To further compound the rumours of dissent, Mourinho has to deal with the injury absence of key striker Harry Kane, as well as an addition FA Cup replay during the winter break following their 1-1 draw with Southampton. Will he be compelled to bring in new faces in this January transfer window, particularly those who can better execute his footballing philosophy? Time is running out to do so, and if he could not bolster his squad, he may revert to his old grumbling, negative self – and that is not a good sign for Spurs.A massive home clash with defending EPL champions Man City on Sunday (2 February). A win would be a significant boost to Spurs’ confidence and may finally kickstart their climb up the league table for the coveted Champions League spot. But City are also desperate to keep pushing Liverpool atop the Premier League, and manager Pep Guardiola would be loathe to lose to his nemesis on the sidelines. Mourinho and Spurs would need a sound strategy to disrupt City stylish football.

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