One of the more surprising aspects of Tottenham Hotspur’s All Or Nothing Amazon documentary was the language often used by manager Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese was, let’s just say, colourful in his use of certain words to try and motivate the Tottenham players.
In one of the more infamous clips, he scolded his players for being too nice and told them they needed to be, for want of a cleaner word, wronguns.
But he also made it clear they had to be ‘intelligent’ when doing so.
So when Erik Lamela manufactured an incident which saw Anthony Martial get sent off in their last Premier League outing, many people pointed to that previous advice. Tottenham romped home in a 6-1 win and the Argentine was widely criticised for his actions.
But it seems Mourinho’s advice has worked on the midfielder.
Lamela, along with Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura, have been talking about the Amazon documentary this week and the Argentine made it clear he had heeded the counsel of his manager.
“We have to listen to the manager,” Lamela told SBS’ The World Game. “We need to be more clever in different aspects.”
Tottenham, after a difficult start to the season, come into their game with West Ham United this weekend off the back of 7-2 and 6-1 wins and with Gareth Bale set for his second debut, fans are starting to believe this might end up being the season the club’s long silverware drought comes to an end.
If they continue to master Mourinho’s no apologies style of play, then that will not be a surprising outcome.