According to Sportnation, as cited by Calciomercato, Tottenham Hotspur have set their sights on Jose Mourinho, in case Mauricio Pochettino fails to turn things around after the international break. The Argentine has had a difficult time in north-London this campaign due to a disastrous start to the campaign. As a result, his future at Spurs has come under tight scrutiny.
Massimiliano Allegri is also believed to be identified as a potential replacement. But, in this article, we will discuss who will be a better option for Spurs in their bid to replace Pochettino.
The case of Jose Mourinho
Mourinho is someone who puts the organisation and defensive solidity above everything else. He is aware of what his team is doing without the ball and looks to improve on it at every opportunity. The Portuguese also pays additional focus to the importance of transition play.
Another key factor about Mourinho is that he is a serial winner. Although he had a tough time managing Manchester United, he had the most points per game ratio than any manager since Sir Alex Ferguson. The ex-Real Madrid manager has also won three Premier League titles. Also, he has won the Champions League twice, once each with FC Porto and Inter Milan.
But most importantly, the 56-year-old has a vast amount of experience in managing in the Premier League, having coached Chelsea twice and United once. He has recently joined the Sky Sports’ expert panel, but that could end soon.
The case of Allegri
Allegri was the architect behind Juventus’ unrivalled dominance in Italian football for the past three-four years. While the Bianconeri were dominant in the Serie A even before that, it was the Italian who played a crucial role in transforming Juve into one of the most feared teams in Europe.
Therefore, Allegri can be compared to someone like Pochettino. But at the same time, he is not as proficient when it comes to dealing with young talents – certainly not as much as the current Tottenham boss. Same goes for Mourinho as well.
As far as tactics are concerned, Allegri can juggle between a traditional four-man backline or a wing-back system. He usually likes his team to remain defence-oriented while having pace on the counter.
Both Mourinho and Allegri are shockingly similar and have enjoyed equal success in their respective managerial careers. However, the Portuguese mastermind should get the nod due to his experience of managing in the Premier League.
Additionally, Mourinho knows English football better than Allegri and should adapt to his new club a lot quicker than his Italian counterpart. However, the Lilywhites should also explore other options while they will also hope that Pochettino will manage to turn things around.
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