Mido has told BBC Radio 5 Live that Tottenham Hotspur’s players will have to get used to a tougher manager in Jose Mourinho, when asked about the Portuguese boss’ actions in trying to get Raheem Sterling sent off on Sunday.
Videos of Mourinho emerged onto social media after Sunday’s surprise 2-0 win over Manchester City. Sterling, on a yellow card, tried to win a penalty by going under the challenge of Hugo Lloris – who had himself just saved Hugo Lloris’ penalty.
Sitting down after watching VAR rule that Sterling had dived, instead of being fouled by Lloris, Mourinho’s assistant Joao Sacramento seemed to remind Mourinho that Sterling was on a yellow – before both sprinted to the fourth official.
Plenty of debate has been had on the treatment of officials after Mourinho’s dart towards fourth official, with Sacramento. Now, former Spurs striker Mido has reacted – claiming Spurs players will have to get used to Mourinho’s tougher approach.
Watch Jose Mourinho go through every single emotion in the span of 30 seconds 😂
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 2, 2020
“Sometimes it is good to have someone on the sidelines who is passionate,” Mido said. “Sometimes it is though Mourinho wants to play the game with the players. He wants to help his players and sometimes it is great for the boys.
“I’m not sure they will be used to having someone who is shouting at them, it’s totally different to Pochettino. Pochettino is a nice guy, always putting an arm around them. It’s a different school, every manager is different.
“Portuguese managers are a bit tougher and the players have to get used to it.”
TBR’s view – The Pochettino way? Or the Mourinho way?
Under Pochettino, Spurs were excellent in terms of technique, tactics and boasted an attacking freedom that most Premier League defences struggled to deal with at their best. But when it came to the final hurdle, they lacked the punch.
That is something that Mourinho can provide – a bit of nastiness, a bit of game management that can take Spurs to the next level. Sunday’s win over Manchester City proved just that.