As far as strategies are concerned, José Mourinho understands that he is a typecast. The new coach from Tottenham is trying to make things bright.
Kane can breathe properly. He still leads the squad for a manager who has scorned ultra-defensive systems for shackling teams in "parking the bus."
But maybe the Spurs squad should indeed be ready for a more hypnotic approach after 5 years of intense pressure and high-energy play under Mauricio Pochettino.
"The fans have to be pleased," says Mourinho, perched on a sofa on the training field at Tottenham. "The players have to be happy. And I have to be happy, too.
Another player Mourinho has asked midfielder Dele Alli to "send back the real Dele." "He may be a fantastic player. Now I have to build a situational scenario with which he is satisfied, offering him the right conditions. "If taking charge of a team that is experiencing an unprecedented slump to 14th position, something has to change, tempering the offensive with more resistance to the defense.
Once in 12 English Premier League matches was a clean sheet reached. Despite possessing one of the best defenses in the world over 4 years of top 4 finishes and a trip to the final season of the Champions League, they have lost 18 goals.
"I will try to make some strategic clicks," says Mourinho. "Not remarkable improvements. I won't try to be Socrates today, but I will try to make them like I want them to do.
"Offensive soccer, yeah, but winning matches, not offensive football and not winning a 10-or 11-month game." That's the case in the Tottenham league, that matches at West Ham on Saturday chasing a first-time win since the last January season.
Since an unfortunate end to his Manchester United career of spats and sullenness, Mourinho has had 11 months of reflection.
After two title-winning spells with Chelsea, this is Mourinho's third shot at an English club and a platform to reassert his credentials as a manager.
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