The footballing world was shocked on Tuesday as Tottenham announced the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino. Spurs announced Jose Mourinho as their new manager a day later, the appointment is great news for Liverpool.
First we must consider the gravity of this move. Pochettino made Spurs the side that they are today. When he arrived he was tasked with making the North London club a regular top four fixture and he succeeded in that endeavour. Spurs made the Champions League final under the Argentine’s stewardship. Sacking Poch speaks volumes about the state of football at the minute.
Spurs appointing Jose Mourinho is great news for Liverpool as it will make Tottenham a much tougher prospect for our title rivals, as well as serving as a distraction for Pep Guardiola.
When Jose and Pep managed in Spain they played out one of football’s most riveting rivalries. The pair warred in press conferences, the Portuguese manager even forced a Benitez-meets-Keegan outburst out of Guardiola. Having The Special One back in the Premier League will surely ruffle the feathers of the Manchester City boss.
Most importantly, Jose is known for his defensive acumen. The ex-Chelsea coach is the master of the ‘park the bus’ approach to football. If he doesn’t want you to score, chances are you won’t.
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With Spurs proving leaky this season, currently languishing in 14th place, one of the new gaffer’s first priorities will be making them difficult to beat. Chelsea still have to play Spurs twice whilst Leicester City and Manchester City still have to visit the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, as do Liverpool.
With each of our title rivals still having to play the Lilywhites, we can rely on the new manager nicking at least a few points from these games. Of course, Jürgen Klopp also has to visit North London, but with us proving to have the edge in tight games and boasting an eight point lead – this definitely works in our favour.
Spurs appointing Jose Mourinho could prove vital to Liverpool in this season’s title race.